While PZ Myers has been busy with his rape accusations, Jerry Coyne (who remains silent about all the atheist infighting) has decided to take up his own version of social justice:
In the past two weeks I’ve nearly been hit twice by bicyclists in Hyde Park (the area in Chicago around the university). One, going through a stop sign, almost ran me down at high speed when I was crossing the street—legally, in the crosswalk. She was also carrying a large cake in a plastic container in one hand, so only one of her hands was on the handlebars…..If you ride a bicycle, and flout traffic laws, you are a bad person. What makes you think you’re entitled to violate the law? Stop at stop signs and stoplights, use a light at night, don’t ride on the sidewalks, and, for your own safety, wear a helmet.
I wonder if he will start complaining that we live in a bike culture and that innocent pedestrians are often preyed upon by bicyclists without helmets. Perhaps he’ll be posting anonymous accusations of another famous skeptic guilty of not having a light on his bike. Who can know how the mind of a Gnu works? But it is ironic that the good professor, who denies the existence of moral responsibility, feels so strongly about this that he labels law-flouting bicyclists as “bad people.” Then again, intellectual inconsistency is something we’ve come to expect from the Gnu atheists.