Tweety Dawk Tells Another Story

According to Tweety Dawk:

Uh….one problem. This is a joke/urban legend. I told you Dawkins does not know how to think like a scientist. Rather than wanting some empirical evidence for this claim about empirical reality, Dawkins, because of his confirmation bias, gullibly laps it up and then proceeds to spread the story.

When someone mentions it is an urban legend, Tweety Dawk replies:

So what?! LOL. The guy can’t ever admit being wrong. There are alternative explanations, Richard. One – your “informant” was hoodwinked by the story and made it about his own “cousin” to get your mighty attention. Two – you invented the “informant” when you heard the story.

As it stands, Richard, do you have ANY evidence this actually happened?

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9 Responses to Tweety Dawk Tells Another Story

  1. Jon Garvey says:

    It would interesting to hear where forced baptisms are being practised on unbelieving 8 year olds, wouldn’t it? Or maybe it was really an infant ( 8 weeks, maybe?) who couldn’tr give informed consent but could afford to buy 300 Alka Seltzers without exciting the pharmacist’s suspicions.

  2. What a liar. And THIS is the new atheist’s great champion.

  3. TFBW says:

    In Alabama, last November, supposedly. The cousin of the boy in question told Dawk about it in the last day or so. Mmmm… science. Dawkins obviously didn’t put much thought into the “life imitates urban legend” theory, though: the incident is alleged to have happened late last year, but the earliest trace of that specific meme I can find online is courtesy of Not Will Ferrell in late March 2013 (slightly earlier than the Landover Baptist link). There’s a much-repeated “top ten” list of joke baptism mishaps, the #1 of which is invariably, “two words: Alka Seltzer”, dating back to at least October 2000 (so says the Internet Archive), but the “faking demon possession” twist seems to be attributable to Not Will Ferrell, March 2013.

  4. The Deuce says:

    So what if there is an old urban legend about Alka Seltzer and baptism.
    That’s probably where my informant’s little cousin got the idea.

    And what a coincidence that the preacher just happened to react just like the one in the urban legend too! But of course he did, because that’s what all stupid faithheads would do, amiright?

    Really, what a vainglorious nitwit. How does anybody take Dawkins seriously, much less revere him as some kind of genius?

  5. Justin says:

    This seems to display a fairly gross misunderstanding about the baptism process.

  6. TFBW says:

    @Justin: really? Which part of the story is incompatible with the baptism process? I’d like to see Mythbusters try the Alka Seltzer thing, though.

  7. Pete says:

    You’re being a bit hard on ol’ Tweety Dawk… surely second hand (or is it third hand in this case) personal testimony /should/ be taken as the absolute, unquestionable truth. And just because a story is similar to a known myth /in no way/ detracts from it’s truthfulness. After all, those are the arguments the Dawk has been making regarding religion for years… Oh… Hang on…

  8. Justin says:

    Hey TFBW – perhaps my statement was too general. In my experience, preachers typically do some pre-baptism counseling to make sure the person being baptized understands what they are doing. This was my experience being baptized, and how many preachers from different denominations I know work through the process. 8 sounds a little young, too. I’m sure there are exceptions.

  9. TFBW says:

    @Justin: that’s my experience too. If you think that Dawkins misunderstands the process, however, you’re mistaken. I’m sure he’s fully aware that baptism is either sprinkle-the-baby baptism, where the process is at the behest of the parents, or entirely voluntary in the case of anyone older than that. That doesn’t rule out the possibility that some weird sect somewhere has, even in the last few years, say, performed a forced baptism for whatever twisted reason. Dawkins understands that this, if it happens, is an aberration. It’s just his normal practice to take the worst things that anyone professing to a form of theism has done, and present them as the normal sort of thing that theism leads to.

    He has a Narrative to promote: “Religion is Evil.” This is just him promoting his Narrative as usual. There is no misunderstanding: it’s calculated propaganda.

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