Atheist AC Grayling Displays His Inner Authoritarian

New Atheist AC Grayling doesn’t have much tolerance:

“On my travels around the states last year I visited the Creation Museum in Oklahoma,” Professor A.C. Grayling, the master of the New College of Humanities, said last month at a humanist convention. “I kid you not. My gast was flabbered the minute I set my foot across the threshold of that place. They have these sort of electronic vegetarian Tyrannosaurus rex playing with the children of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.”

“The really dismaying thing about it was the troops and troops and troops of small schoolchildren being taken through and presented with all this as fact. That seems to me to be a human rights crime,” he added.

My oh my. A human rights crime? Why is it that these New Atheists leaders always seem to tap into some incredibly extreme rhetoric? So tell us, Proferssor Grayling, just what is society supposed to do about this human rights crime?

And why stop there? Does the Professor also think that teaching children God-guided evolution instead of creationism is a “human rights crime?” In fact, what about simply teaching children God exists? Is that a “human rights crime?” I think Grayling would stutter and stammer if he tried to answer such questions.

According to these New Atheist leaders, religious parents are infected with a dangerous brain virus and are guilty of child abuse and human rights crimes. So what do you think these militant atheist leaders would do if they had one thing – power?

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11 Responses to Atheist AC Grayling Displays His Inner Authoritarian

  1. TFBW says:

    I’d like to say that the “human rights crime” quip was just hyperbole, but looking at the sombre manner in which he says it in the video, I’m not so sure. I listened on a bit longer, but he just launched into a blatantly pseudo-scientific explanation for the existence of theism based on evolutionary psychology, which added nothing further to indicate how serious he was about the “human rights crime” statement. It would indeed be interesting to know what course of action he would espouse in relation to these villainous creationists, and where he would draw the line between what’s acceptable to present as truth, and what isn’t.

  2. Luis says:

    Really?? Do you guys seriously not see a problem with this creation museum? This is such an intellectual crime against humanity. You are allowing deliberate misinformation to be passed on to our youth. Let me ask you all a question. Do you agree with what this museum is teaching? If so, where is the scientific evidence for what they are presenting? If not, how can you allow them to continue knowing that they are wrong? Either you are ingnorant or you are a coward.

    In a previous post, you mentioned atheists think that religious people are mentally ill and this is a good example of why that is. If you don’t see them as having a mental illness then nothing presented will convince you of it. Wake up. Religion needs to go.

  3. Kevin says:

    If not, how can you allow them to continue knowing that they are wrong? Either you are ingnorant or you are a coward.?

    The problem here is that since I think atheists are wrong, should so-called "Freethinker" groups be shut down? Should atheists' blogs be taken off the internet? Should the White House no longer be able to hold press conferences, since this administration is made up of proven liars and spreads misinformation?

    This is what I really don't understand about you atheists. You guys seem to think, with absolutely ZERO supporting evidence, that you are somehow enlightened arbiters of truth, and that all of mankind's beliefs are to be judged solely on your opinions. Could you really – I mean, REALLY – provide me with even the slightest iota of evidence that atheists have better reasoning capabilities than Christians? (Hint: not believing in God is not evidence of superior reasoning.)

    So no, religion does not need to go, by any rational standard. Atheism is illogical nonsense, but I and everyone else should tolerate it so long as it doesn't seek to impose itself onto others, just like any other philosophical or religious teaching. Your attitude of "I disagree with this therefore it must be shut down and anyone who disagrees has a mental illness"…yeah, I don't think that should be tolerated. Your mindset is as much of a problem to humanity as any museum. God forbid people like you ever become the majority, otherwise people like me who think atheism is nonsense will be forcibly institutionalized.

  4. TFBW says:

    @Luis:

    Religion needs to go.

    So if you were given power to address this problem by any means necessary, what would you do?

  5. Crude says:

    Okay, Luis. Time for some big boy talk.

    Are you ready? You are? Good.

    See, Luis… here’s the thing. Sometimes people are wrong. They have disagreements with people, they have beliefs, and for one reason or another they end up getting something incorrect. Sometimes science. Sometimes philosophy. Sometimes they trust the wrong person, sometimes other things. In fact, sometimes you can get a whole lot of evidence showing that these people are wrong, at least according to the standards of evidence you and others (maybe even many others) accept to begin with. And sometimes these people who are wrong try to convince other people that they’re right.

    Hold on, Luis. Luis? Buddy? Stop screaming for a moment. Here, here’s your Dawkins dolly. Go ahead, pull the string.

    *MAKE FAITHHEADS THE BUTT OF CONTEMPT*

    There. That calm you down, buddy? Whew, good.

    Let me go on.

    See kiddo, we have those people who are wrong. Sometimes they’re pretty clearly wrong, other times they’re more subtly wrong, and still other times they’re wrong but no one can really show as much. But the key is that being wrong is human. It happens. And simply trying to communicate your ideas – trying to convince people that you are right, even if you’re actually wrong (without realizing it) – is not a crime. It’s not a violation of human rights. In most cases, it’s not even particularly bad. The proper filter for bad ideas, wrong ideas, isn’t ‘people with guns and the power to fine and imprison’. It’s ‘critical thinking, rational thinking, and even to a degree personal choice.’

    Plenty of people in the past have come to certain beliefs that turned out to be wrong, and sometimes they’ve used reasoning and evidence that was very poor, sometimes their reasoning and evidence was very good. Do you know what they’re called?

    Scientists. And Christians. And atheists, and jews, and more.

    But trying to stop them? Deciding that you and only you not only have the truth, but that you and people like you should be the only ones allowed to communicate your ideas. or to teach and argue and try to convince people?

    That’s called being a nasty little hatemongering **** who is agitating violating pretty basic human rights of free thinking.

    Now, I know being a nasty little hatemongering **** is super-duper in the playhouses you’re used to. But for other people, it’s actually kind of offputting, and a sign of poor reasoning.

    Got it? Don’t worry, it may take a few years to sink in. Just think about it.

    I’m glad we had this talk, kid. Now go play outside.

  6. Dhay says:

    @Luis

    https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/sam-harris-in-retreat/#comment-4770

    Really?? Do you guys seriously not see a problem with Victor Stenger’s book, “The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe is Not Designed for Us”? This is such an intellectual crime against humanity. You are allowing deliberate misinformation to be passed on to our youth. Let me ask you a question. Do you agree with what Stenger is teaching? If so, where is the scientific evidence for what he is presenting? If not, how can you allow him to continue knowing that he is wrong? Either you are ignorant or you are a coward.

    Previous blog posts have mentioned that New Atheists seem similar to religious fundamentalists and your response above is a good example of why that is. If you don’t see yourself and Stenger as having a mental illness then nothing presented will convince you of it. Wake up. New Atheism needs to go.

    Or there’s Sam Harris’ re-invention of the square wheel of Utilitarianism, which re-invention has been picked apart and discredited in every review I have read – if you can link me a favourable review by a competent philosopher, I would (genuinely, in order to see Utilitarianism presented in its strongest arguments) like to see it. Until then, I consider Harris’ Utilitarianism an intellectual crime against humanity. You are allowing deliberate misinformation to be passed on to our youth.

    Let me ask you a question. Do you agree with what Harris is teaching? If so, what are the good arguments for what he is presenting? If not, how can you allow him to continue knowing that he is wrong? Either you are ignorant or you are a coward.

  7. Michael says:

    If not, how can you allow them to continue knowing that they are wrong? Either you are ingnorant or you are a coward.

    No, it’s just that I’m not a busybody, wannabe-nazi, control freak out to tell other people how to raise their kids. You are the coward, Luis – notice how you tap danced around my questions, including the central one – if this is some “crime against humanity,” what should we do about it? Is there a reason you are afraid to share your views on this?

  8. Michael says:

    Hold on, Luis. Luis? Buddy? Stop screaming for a moment. Here, here’s your Dawkins dolly. Go ahead, pull the string.

    *MAKE FAITHHEADS THE BUTT OF CONTEMPT*

    There. That calm you down, buddy? Whew, good.

    Let me go on.

    LOL! Great post, Crude.

  9. Bilbo says:

    I think teaching children that tyrannosaurs are vegetarians is child abuse.

  10. TFBW says:

    It’s utterly culpable. If the child encounters an actual T-Rex, the outcome will be predictably disastrous.

  11. Bilbo says:

    Predictably.

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