A varied collection of quotes extracted from this piece by Ace (read the whole thing, as per usual).
The first quote is extracted from an article by George Will:
“[JFK] didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. It’s — it had to be some silly little Communist.”
— Jacqueline Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963
The second quote is part of a larger set of points to set up the third quote:
The Left’s disbelief in God does not free them from superstition[...]
And the blockbuster, the Point:
We live in an age of religious hysteria. And the religious hysteria is not coming from the usual quarters, the self-acknowledged religious. Instead it comes from the irreligious, whose liberation from god only loosens the leash of their illogic and preference for mythic structures over reality.
This is all of a piece with my contention that humans have a need, distributed by bell curve, to feel as though they are part of a movement. A collective, if you will. A system of beliefs, dogma, a worldview (ein weltanschauung) in which Good and Evil are revealed, the workings of the world are explained, and a hope for tomorrow is available. A god is not necessary for this – as Ace discusses.
There is, however, an additional factor, mixed in, part and parcel of joining the movement: the need for an explanation. A believable one – it doesn’t even have to be true as long as it’s believable. And there sits superstition, patiently biding its time.
[UPDATE (20131201): I stumbled across this link yesterday from Driscoll that is of a piece with this post.