In the Internet age, this kind of capitulation comes across as pointless and absurd, even to certain conservative evangelicals.
At Slate, Matthew Yglesias called the gesture simply “absurd.”
Arnold was spellbinding in convincing her that the tales were absurd, obvious lies.
As usual, he was talking about being in one absurd place after another.
So why fire off an absurd figure, instead of asking Gandhi about the skeletons in her closet?
The absurd name "dog" having been given on account of its "bark."
A new fashion of dress seems at first to be absurd, ungraceful, or indecent.
One might think that she was frightened, but with him—that was absurd.
It may then be found that they are gross, absurd, or inexpedient.
Having gone so far into the scheme, it was absurd to let a trifle stop me.
1550s, from Middle French absurde (16c.), from Latin absurdus "out of tune; foolish" (see absurdity). The main modern sense (also present in Latin) is a figurative one, "out of harmony with reason or propriety." Related: Absurdly; absurdness.