I long ago declared that I would not wish to go on living if I found myself in a world dominated by people who no longer care about what’s true and express open contempt for factual evidence. Either a 1984 world where the Party in power is the sole arbiter of what is “true” and enforces it with violence; or a world where truth is whatever society deems it to be, regardless of evidence, and where dissenters are ruthlessly punished by vitriolic abuse or ostracism rather than violence.
I fear we are sleepwalking towards that feared world, where people shun evidence and despise facts: a world where dogma is king, emotion is queen and evidence is exiled; and where dissent from orthodoxy is suppressed by verbal if not physical jackboots.
It’s pretty clear to many of us that Richard Dawkins no longer cares about what’s true and his recent video confirms this. His video now has 1.8 million views, but we still have no evidence that most of those emails were sent from Religious Fundamentalists. In fact, Dawkins and his organization have no desire to provide any such evidence. We are supposed to accept his truth claim on faith.
I have long warned people that when Gnu atheists demand evidence, they are not sincere. Such demands are not rooted in principle. Instead, they are debate tricks, designed to frame the issue by putting theists in the position of having to defend themselves in rigged, kangaroo courts. This video should help people to see that I am right, as Dawkins and his allies take the position where they “shun evidence and despise facts.” As usual, the ends justifies their means.