That’s Gotta Sting

If you didn’t know, the Gnu Atheists love, love their Mr. Deity. So fast forward past the skit to about 5 minutes into the video to watch Mr. Deity cleverly mock PZ Myers and his followers.


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10 Responses to That’s Gotta Sting

  1. Bilbo says:

    I didn’t see anything about PZ. Right video?

  2. TFBW says:

    I’m sure that the significance of that end bit is easy to miss if you’re not familiar with the material he’s alluding to. I’m not actually familiar with it, but I think I see what he did there: he constructed a segment which, taken at face value, is a slightly off-kilter (but not unusually so for a New Atheist) criticism of “biblical evidence”, whereas in actual fact, it’s an oblique reference to current events in Gnutopia, and the criticism is levelled at other atheists. We really need a written analysis of this one for posterity, because the hidden meaning will be rapidly lost to history.

  3. Crude says:

    Yeah, as TFBW said, it’s the right video – it’s simply subtle. His target there isn’t really Biblical claims. (This is probably clearest where he does the bit about how you can politely decline having your glass refilled with wine.)

  4. stcordova says:


    You have to skip after the part about the Egyptian scroll to when the Mr. Deity is sitting on a couch asking for donations. The reference to PZ is when Mr. Deity talks about anonymous gospels…

  5. Bilbo says:

    Still didn’t see overt reference to PZ. So Mr. Deity is making a covert reference to anonymous accusations of Shermer? That takes real courage.

  6. Bilbo says:

    So according to PZ the accuser of Shermer is not anonymous. At least, she is not anonymous to PZ.

  7. Bilbo says:

    In other words, assuming he is making a covert allusion to PZ’s accusation of Shermer, Mr. Deity’s analogy of the anonymous NT authors fails. For someone (PZ) claims to know directly who the anonymous accuser of Shermer is, which presumably is different from the NT authors (though now I wonder if anyone claimed to know any of the authors directly).

    At this point, one would need a stronger argument for not believing the accusation, such as, is PZ a reliable witness, or could he be lying about knowing the accuser? Or does PZ know how reliable the accuser is?

    If Shermer’s lawyers want to take this court, we may find out.

  8. TFBW says:

    It’s still an anonymous gospel as far as anyone but PZ is concerned. He’s the only one who’s seen the original gold plates, so to speak. The rest of us have to take his word for it that it came to pass in the way he describes. For all we know, he could be pulling it out of a hat.

    I’ll stop now.

  9. Bilbo says:

    I agree, TFBW. So if Mr. Deity wants to compare PZ to the authors of the Gospels or Joseph Smith, that’s okay with me. But why not just come out and say, “PZ is a bloody liar”? Why the covertness?

  10. eveysolara says:

    He does pretty much in a follow up

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