Professor Alan Sokal has an interesting piece in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section today: "Taking Evidence Seriously. He is perhaps best known for his joke on Post-modernism: "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity". I only wish that the good professor were joking when he writes here on the propensity of people, and politicians in particular, to give credence to irrationalism. Alas, he’s not, and quite right too.
Update: Norm Geras makes an excellent point over at his blog: a secular State is not the same as an atheistic State. Prof. Sokal appears to conflate the two, and Norm is quite right to point out this obfuscation.