A small quibble with the article in the Times– I did not actually call bestselling authors Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris "atheist fundamentalists." That part of the story was taken from the press release about our conference, (thanks to the talented Duncan Crary of the wonderful NY-based think tank, The Institute for Humanist Studies, for again helping place a Humanism-related story in the international media) in which Dawkins and Harris are referred to not as "atheist fundamentalists" but as atheist "fundamentalists," scare quotes intending to denote we know there is a huge difference between Harris and Dawkins– whom I greatly respect but also respectfully disagree on some issues about how to advance Humanism– and actual religious fundamentalists, who can be incalculably worse. The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard hosted Dawkins for a fruitful, intimate discussion this past October, and we were very gratified by his kind response to the experience.UDAPTE: Here's the exact context of the phrase as used in the press release:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A group of renowned Humanists, atheists and agnostics will gather at Harvard in April, to take on an unlikely opponent: atheist "fundamentalists."This is from an updated version of the above-linked Flemming post. I agree with everything he says in his update.