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By Tom Chatfield  

Those fond of easy chortling in the media love the internet. You can google up a story in minutes, and be almost assured of dignifying its wit as “current” and part of a “trend” central to the state of the world. Religion versus secularism is, for instance, a hugely popular topic at the moment, and the weighty polemics currently emerging at the rate of about one a week (cf Dawkins, Hitchens, Hind, Harris, Grayling, Taylor…) inevitably have their frothy underside—a string of articles about amusing websites dedicated to redressing the balance.

So, we learn from luminous organs like the Times…

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