As we all know, the atheist activists like to promote themselves as champions of reason, science, and evidence. Yet as we also know, the supposed love of reason, science, and evidence has failed to keep various New Atheists from going after each others’ throat. After all these years, the schism caused by Elevatorgate has only deepened.
I had thought that with the election of Donald Trump, the atheist activist community might start to come together against their Common Enemy. After all, without the common enemy, reason, evidence, and science are incapable of generating any consensus among the atheist activists. We have seen this with our own eyes. But not even Darth Trump has been able to heal the old wounds. In fact, the schism among the atheist activists is intensifying and expanding.
Case in point. Richard Spencer is an atheist and white supremacist. Recently, a video went viral on the internet where Spencer was sucker punched. Atheist activist Dan Arel (who is also an animal rights extremist) defended the attack, arguing it’s okay to “punch a nazi.” This is not surprising. As I have noted, given that atheists do not believe in any transcendent principles, it’s extremely common for atheist activists to be guided by one “moral” principle – the end justifies the means. Arel then viewed physical violence (a means) as being justified because it supposedly served a “higher” end (keeping white supremacists down).
Things get more interesting when activist Jerry Coyne comes along who is worried about “losing the moral high ground.”
Realizing that the promotion of physical violence is going to hurt the atheist cause, Coyne decides to criticize Dan Arel in one of his blog postings. Coyne accuses Arel of being bizarre and unhinged and casts him out of the circle:
I guess Arel thinks that gives us license to punch anyone we don’t like. I no longer have any use for Arel, even though at one time he wrote a good book on godless parenting.
Then it gets even more interesting. Dan Arel comes back at Coyne and is now blaming him (and Coyne’s allies) for helping elect Darth Trump. According to Arel, people like Coyne are now aligned with the white supremacists:
The so-called alt-right white nationalists have seemingly infected every fabric of American culture, no thanks in part to the media insistence on normalizing such a movement. Unfortunately, the atheist community, one that readily prides itself on rational thought, has not been immune to such infection, and many of the loudest voices have fought to not only normalize but also help amplify the voices of white nationalism.
They break from the right only by supporting women’s rights, same-sex marriage, and a wall between the separation of church and state, yet the join the right in fighting against feminism, progressive social justice, and go as far as to mock gender-studies. Instead of embracing the political left and the strides it has made in those areas of social justice, Rubin, Coyne, and the like, lambaste the left as extremists, while aligning closely with white nationalism.
Last I checked, Coyne’s fans were bashing Arel on his own blog.
It’s bad enough to learn that, according to various atheist activists, the Dawkins’ wing of the atheism movement is sexist and Islamophobic. But now they are slowing being morphed into white nationalists.
And in other atheist activist news, have you forgotten that Richard Carrier is suing PZ Myers and others? If you recall, Carrier was accused of sexual harassment and banned from various atheist conferences. Carrier sued and as of now, Myers et al. were able to easily raise $20,000 to pay lawyer fees. And they are gloating about it.
Carrier could be under some stress, as he comes across as extra nutty when complaining about David Marshall’s book in one of his typically long-winded blog entries:
Liars disgust me. And David Marshall flat out lied about my work on public radio. He should be ashamed. But Christian apologists rarely are. They lie with impunity. The ten commandments be damned. Today I’ll briefly discuss that show, then detail what’s wrong with Marshall’s awful book defending the historicity of Jesus……You should also note that I debated David Marshall before, and his epic loss was so embarrassing that he’s held a grudge against me ever since, starting even back then a campaign of lies and lunacy that is replicated in much of his new book…..Anyone who is going to lie like that, effectively to my face, in public, before an audience of thousands, and not even correct or apologize for it, is a disgusting person who can go die in a fire.
Carrier eventually removed the “go die in a fire” claim. His face must have been beet red when he typed that.
Just think. If only we could all just abandon our Christian faith then we too could be as rational as all these activists.