Atheist Brandon Robshaw liked Jerry Coyne’s extreme views so much that he reached the following conclusion:
Jerry Coyne is the perfect candidate to replace the late Christopher Hitchens as the fourth Horseman of the New Atheist Apocalypse.
Well,….Coyne’s views are militant enough to merit a position as fourth Horseman. In another interview, Coyne outlines his vision of victory in his culture war:
I don’t care if a religious person accepts science and practises their own private faith. The problem is that this acceptance of faith — which means belief without substantial evidence — as a useful means to ascertain truth has invidious social consequences. In my country, it’s opposition to abortion, it’s opposition to gay marriage. Creationism is the least of our worries. It’s this enabling of faith, this untoward respect for belief without evidence, that has caused so much mischief. If religious people just kept to themselves, just went to church, respected the findings of science and a) didn’t teach it to their kids (which I think is a form of child mistreatment) and b) didn’t try to take their religious beliefs into the public sphere and make them law for everybody else, than I wouldn’t care so much.
That’s a nice and clear summary of the demands of the New Atheist culture warriors.
That is, they will not be happy until religious people keep their religion a secret. They can express their views, but only in church (and, of course, the churches need to be taxed!). They are not allowed to bring their religion-based views into the public sphere (sort of like outlawing hate speech, I suppose). And above all, they are not allowed to teach their religion to their kids, which would mean the kids can’t go to church with their parents. That would be “child mistreatment,” or as Dawkins claims, “child abuse.” It’s not surprising that Coyne would include this demand given he is on record as wanting to make it illegal to teach your kids religion.
It is amusing to watch Gnu atheists complain when someone refers to their strain of atheism as militant. But clearly, the vision that Coyne advocates is a vision of militant atheism.