The Dynamic Duo of Science may be promoting themselves with an upcoming atheist propaganda film this summer, but you have to wonder if either of them truly stand on principles. Consider the multiple, mixed messages Batman and Robin have sent over the years.
Not too long ago, Robin sent a very public letter to the Pope praising him for reconciling evolution with his religion while criticizing people, like Batman, who claim evolution implies there is no God. Batman never really replied (perhaps this is an argument they have in their bat cave), but he had his own message for the Pope. Batman wanted the Pope arrested for “crimes against humanity.”
Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
Now this is odd, because Batman is on record as downplaying that sexual abuse, saying it was not as bad as teaching the children to be Catholic. For example, he wrote:
just because some pedophile assaults are violent and painful, it doesn’t mean that all are. A child too young to notice what is happening at the hands of a gentle pedophile will have no difficulty at all in noticing the pain inflicted by a violent one. Phrases like ‘predatory monster’ are not discriminating enough, and are framed in the light of adult hang-ups.
Robin, on the other hand, is on record as vigorously defending Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted Level 3 sex offender. What’s interesting is that Robin tried to use his authority as a scientist to defend Epstein, arguing that he never personally saw Epstein have sex with underage girls:
As a scientist I always judge things on empirical evidence and he always has women ages 19 to 23 around him, but I’ve never seen anything else, so as a scientist, my presumption is that whatever the problems were I would believe him over other people.
So, the scientific reasoning Robin uses to insist there is no God is the same reasoning he used to defend his billionaire, sex-offender friend. How surprising.
In the meantime, Batman has no comment.