Jerry Coyne is not the only Gnu activist with an authoritarian streak. Eric MacDonald, another Gnu activist, commented on Coyne’s blog:
Amen to this:
Somehow—and this will never happen, of course—it should be illegal to indoctrinate children with religious belief.
It’s nice to see the Gnu atheists finally be upfront about the type of society they wish to create. Just think how radical this is, folks. If the Gnus got their way, and it was illegal to indoctrinate children with religious belief, what type of society would we live in? Would the law stop parents from providing such a religious upbringing? Of course not. So what would the State do with such families? If it intervened to remove children from the house, and/or put the parents in jail, this would emotionally traumatize the children. In other words, the act of making it illegal to indoctrinate children with religious belief could itself result in child abuse.
So when Gnus want to make it illegal to indoctrinate children with religious belief, the Gnus want to set up a society where the State can abuse the children of religious parents.
Of course, we might expect Gnu atheists to respond, “That is ridiculous! I never said that!” True. But it does not matter, as this is entailed by their position. If the act of providing a religious upbringing is supposed to be illegal, the Gnus need to explain the consequences of breaking this law.