Gnu atheists like to brag about their superior reasoning skills and their strict adherence to the evidence. Yet despite such posturing, they can never seem to agree on anything apart from their hatred of religion. Case in point – the latest nasty fight between PZ Myers and Sam Harris. Now, I have not researched their mud-slinging in much detail, but it looks like Myers has gone nuclear and accused Harris of being a racist. Harris has replied.
He notes that Myers is unscrupulous.
If my daughter one day reads in my obituary that her father “was persistently dogged by charges of racism and bigotry,” unscrupulous people like PZ Myers will be to blame.
He notes that Myers has destroyed his own intellectual integrity:
It is difficult to overlook the role that blog comments play in all this. Having a blog and building a large community of readers can destroy a person’s intellectual integrity—as appears to have happened in the case of PZ Myers.
He notes that Myers is consciously propagating misinformation:
The most despicable claims about me appear in the comment thread, of course, but Myers is responsible for publishing them. And so I hold him responsible for circulating and amplifying some of the worst distortions of my views found on the Internet.
Myers replies by trying to turn it into some type of popularity contest:
Let’s complete the total sellout. Since I am now a notorious and unscrupulous opponent of all that is Sam, I will turn it over to you: there is currently a competition to raise money for Camp Quest. I’m falling far behind. If you think I’m on the side of Goodness and Righteousness, donate to Team PZ’s Revenge. If you think I’m full of it and adore Sam Harris, donate to Team Awful Re-defeat PZ, that gang of 13 bloggers (we’re all evil!) who have teamed up to conquer sad, lonely, isolated me.
Sam could really teach me a lesson by making a big donation to Team Awful. A good trouncing would show everyone how pathetic my influence actually is.
Okay, so back on 7/12, two teams of internet Gnus have been trying to raise $37,784 to send kids to an atheist camp. Myers, who often brags about having millions of readers, has succeeded in raising a whopping $1,520 over the last month.