Some New Atheists Can’t Get Enough of Their “Hate Mail”

Over at FreeThoughtBlogs, there was once was a Gnu who had a blog entitled, “Avicenna Last.” His blog was recently cancelled after FreeThoughtBlogs became aware it had a serious public image problem as it became undeniable that Avicenna was a serial plagiarist. There is nothing surprising about a dishonest Gnu, so I see no need to explore that angle. What is more interesting and relevant is that Avicenna had a special love affair with his “hate mail.”

Recall there are two lessons we have learned about the New Atheists and the “hate mail” they supposedly receive:

1. They love their “hate mail” and enjoy making it as public as possible and
2. They have tremendous faith that their “hate mail” is real.

Well, with Avicenna, it turns out there is a new twist to the Gnu love affair with their “hate mail.”

Avicenna would search the internet for something that could be construed as hate mail he had received, cut-and-pasted his findings to make a blog entry, and publicly misrepresented the “hate mail” as something that was personally sent to him. All of this is documented here (and if you are interested, the author makes a good case for Avicenna having been a classic bullshitter).

So as you can see, Avicenna takes this whole Gnu love affair with their “hate mail”to a whole new level. Avicenna WANTED to receive “hate mail.” He wanted it so badly that he actually hunted for something that could count as “hate mail” and then pretended someone sent it to him. He actually plagiarized “hate mail!” And all the time, his fellow Gnus over at FreeThoughtBlogs expressed sympathy for the poor ol’ victimized Avicenna.

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6 Responses to Some New Atheists Can’t Get Enough of Their “Hate Mail”

  1. TFBW says:

    Here’s a theme song for Avicenna and kindred spirits.

    (To the tune of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love”.)

    Your lights are on, and you’re at home
    Your time is not your own
    Your brow sweats, your fist shakes
    Another mail is what it takes
    You can’t eat, you can’t sleep
    There’s no doubt you’re in deep
    Your teeth are clenched, your gums bleed
    Another mail is all you need

    Oh you like to think that you’re the king of debate, oh yeah
    It’s closer to the truth to say it helps validate
    You know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to hate

    You see the signs, but you don’t care
    If it’s a Poe, you’re unaware
    Your blood heats with every line
    Another mail and you’ll be fine
    A one track mind, you rant and rave
    The wrath of fools is all you crave
    If there’s none aimed at you
    You just find and make do

    Oh you like to think that you’re the king of debate, oh yeah
    It’s closer to the truth to say it helps validate
    You know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to hate

    Might as well face it, you’re addicted to hate (x5)

    Your lights are on, and you’re at home
    Your time is not your own
    Your brow sweats, your teeth grind
    Another mail and you’ll be fine

    Oh you like to think that you’re the king of debate, oh yeah
    It’s closer to the truth to say it helps validate
    You know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to hate

    Might as well face it, you’re addicted to hate (repeat and fade)

  2. DonInKs says:

    Get that on YouTube now! Just need an artist – how about B. Dylan?

  3. Michael says:

    I agree! Nicely done, TFBW.

  4. James Parliament says:

    “So as you can see, Avicenna takes this whole Gnu love affair with their “hate mail”to a whole new level. ”

    Was hoping you’d say “a whole gnu level.”

  5. Dhay says:

    There has been much discussion here recently about Poes, ie how difficult it is to tell parodies, posted for a laugh, from the genuine item. Here’s a classic is-it-a-Poe problem, from Jerry Coyne’s blog post dated January 12, 2015, entitled, “Haught comes to town!”

    “Of course given my history with Haught [links supplied by Coyne], I wasn’t invited, but I TAUGHT IN THAT ROOM! How dare they despoil a temple of real learning with Haught’s obscurantism and nebulous musings about the “layers of reality”? This town doesn’t have room for the two of us.”
    [The capitals, and the italicisation of “dare” are original]

    Poe’s Law (amended for relevance): Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humour, it is utterly impossible to parody a New Atheist in such a way that someone won’t mistake for the genuine article.

    Biological Sciences Learning Center Room 001 is apparently “a temple of real learning”; ONE WHICH COYNE TAUGHT IN; how dare John Haught lecture there and thereby despoil a place where Coyne had lectured; This town doesn’t have room for the two of us.

    A Coyne self-parody? Or is he a raving nutter? Let’s be kind. Although I’m not much of a fan of Coyne – I do thank him for his recent blog post which showed that Charlie Hebdo is not the one-horse anti-Islamic cartoon merchant one would easily suppose it is if relying on recent press coverage, so that blog was very helpful – although I’m not much of a fan of Jerry Coyne I do have to admire his self-deprecating sense of humour; I couldn’t possibly parody him so savagely as he has parodied himself.

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