I am constantly amazed that some (not all) atheists come up with particularly short-sighted, superficial and even downright stupid comments when talking about an issue that has a religious aspect. I’ve spent a little time thinking about day to day religious practices and customs and what I’ve noticed is that many of them serve a legitimate purpose even if you disregard the religious aspects themselves. These few atheists seem to dismiss anything that is associated with religious practice as an anachronism and irrelevant to modern society. When they do this they are just as blind as religious zealots of the past and who they would point to as reasons why religion has no place today. Maybe these few are the new zealots?