Activist Atheists Display Their Level of Commitment to The Evidence

When it comes to the origin of the nasty napkin that was allegedly left with an anonymous waitress, I noted there are three possible explanations.

  1. It was written by the waitress herself or someone she knows.
  2. It was written by the customers, who were hoaxers, not Christians.
  3. It was written by Christian customers.

I also noted there is no evidence to indicate any of these three was more likely to be true than the others.  Nevertheless, activist Hemant Mehta insisted the note was written by Christian customers.  So while the atheist activists sell themselves as people who champion reason and evidence, the truth, as we can see from this example, is that lots and lots of atheists jump to conclusions and cling to beliefs without the slightest regard for the evidence.  Such hypocrisy.

When you survey the 500 or so comments on Mehta’s blog posting, you will find the vast majority buy into his narrative,  hook, line, and sinker.  It’s like, “Presto!  Instant Belief.” What’s even more striking is the teeny tiny minority of comments that are skeptical.  They are immediately met with hostility from those who want to believe and keep the precious narrative alive.  Let’s look at some examples.

mezimm wrote:

Have you ever written on a napkin? It’s not easy. The thin paper material keeps tearing under your pen as you write. Now, have you ever written THAT SMALL on a napkin? Have you ever written THAT MUCH TEXT on a napkin, with the spacing and formatting so perfectly done that you were able to – barely! – fit it all on there?

You want me to believe a wretched old woman took fifteen or twenty minutes to write this godawful note in order to lambaste a waitress (waitresses have been around for hundreds of years, not exactly a modern development!) to say something so outlandishly bigoted and stupid that it would get her immediately dismissed by anyone who had at least two neurons to rub together? Read the note again: every word on that napkin is designed to infuriate the reader with the absolute worst caricatures of religious-right extremism. And she even identified herself with the Trump campaign slogan to make sure no one could doubt the kind of voter she represented.
Come on. I’m ashamed I was taken in by this at first. This is clearly fabricated by someone who made up the whole thing because of a desire for attention, at best. And hoo boy, did she get it.

Downtown21 replied:

You don’t even know her. You certainly don’t know that it’s made up.

Do yourself a favor and just shut your pathetic little mouth.

I guess that settles that.

Tigarra wrote:

This story is so over the top. Sounds
more like a troll. Where is proof this actually happened?

Thin Ice replied:

Sorry, Tiggara, you don’t know evangelicals very well, do you? I was one for 46 years, and I know dozens of former friends in the church that would write notes exactly like this. It’s real.

Nothin’ like the guiding light of confirmation bias.

Glenn Rittenhouse wrote:

i have my doubts this is legitimate.

Oh, oh.  You know what’s coming…..

Lady_black  replied:

I am SO OVER men telling women they are liars. Who cares about your “doubts” Big Boy?

Ann Kah chimed in:

You tell him!

Poor Glenn.  He tried to reason with them:

I’m not telling women anything. I’m a skeptic. A single source for ANYTHING is cause to question it. I also didn’t say the waitress was lying. The note could be left disingenuously, to paint theists in a bad light.

Lady_black shut that down:

How many fucking sources do you think there should be for a nasty note left by a single person? Do you even listen to yourself?

Activist lesson of the day: Never let interest in evidence get in the way of a juicy anti-religious narrative.

If only you godbots could get rid of that faith virus, you too could be as rational as them.

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6 Responses to Activist Atheists Display Their Level of Commitment to The Evidence

  1. Dhay says:

    > mezimm wrote: Have you ever written on a napkin? It’s not easy. … (etc)

    It must have taken quite a while to write — it’s not even joined-up fluent handwriting, each letter is separate. Prepared in advance?

    > And she even identified herself with the Trump campaign slogan to make sure no one could doubt the kind of voter she represented.

    Perhaps the ‘tip’-writers were anti-Republican Poes rather than anti-Christian.

  2. Michael says:

    Perhaps the ‘tip’-writers were anti-Republican Poes rather than anti-Christian.

    That’s what I’m thinking.

  3. Dhay says:

    Have you looked at the Richard Dawkins Foundation’s “Hate Mail”: nothing at all since May 20, 2013; only thirteen anti-atheist “hate mails” in total, and a two-and-a-half year totally hate mail free gap since.

    https://richarddawkins.net/mailbox/

    Compare and contrast this with the floods of anti-Christian hate mails which a single “waitress tip” type Friendly Atheist blog or Facebook post generates.

    Hemant Mehta is a professional blogger, making money from each “hit”. So ask yourself what attracts him to making “waitress tip” type posts which mobilise a flood of anti-Christian hate-mailers.

  4. Dhay says:

    > If only you godbots could get rid of that faith virus, you too could be as rational as them.

    Ah, the enthusiasts for Science and Reason. Led here by cheerleader Hemant Mehta, who is himself no exemplar of science and rationality. Let’s have a look at the science part.

    In his 15 October 2016 blog post entitled, “This Student’s Response is Pretty Compelling Evidence for the Big Bang”, Mehta posts a picture of part of a science homework paper, sent in by the student’s mother, showing two questions and the answers given; Mehta comments on the last question and answer:

    Explain how the Big Bang has been supported by scientific discoveries?

    My opinion on the Big Bang is that it is the most probable theory. Our universe was created by left over gasses — possibly from a previous universe. These gasses reacted causing the Big Bang. Science has proven that these gases existed, I don’t know all the details, but I know a floating man in the sky didn’t snap his fingers and create everything.

    Mehta then repeats that last “I don’t know all the details, but I know a floating man in the sky didn’t snap his fingers and create everything” part and adds:

    I’m not sure how the teacher reacted to that, since it doesn’t exactly answer the question, but you can’t say it’s not true.”

    For once I can agree with Mehta; I, too, don’t think a floating man in the sky snapped his fingers to create everything; that’s a child’s understanding, and unBiblical; it’s good that this student has grown out of that. But “a man didn’t do it” (with elaboration of that negative) is not “Pretty Compelling Evidence for the Big Bang”.

    So what does Mehta refer to when he entitles his post “This Student’s Response is Pretty Compelling Evidence for the Big Bang”? Ah yes, it’s some or all of the following, what else can it be:

    Our universe was created by left over gasses — possibly from a previous universe. These gasses reacted causing the Big Bang. Science has proven that these gases existed.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/10/15/this-students-response-is-pretty-compelling-evidence-for-the-big-bang/

    Clueless, Mehta, clueless.

  5. @Dhay: I wonder if Mehta knows that the first definitive foundation of the Big Bang was first proposed by Belgian physicist and astronomer named George Lematrie, who was…a Catholic priest.

    http://www.physicsoftheuniverse.com/scientists_lemaitre.html

    …On second thought, I guess not.

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