Poor Jerry Coyne. The atheist activist is struggling mightily about the March for Science. He wants to attend the march, although he doesn’t know what it is supposed to accomplish. But he’s having a hard time closing his eyes to the fact that the March for Science is a March for Post-Modernism and Identity Politics. As I pointed out back in early February, the March for Science is The Extreme Left’s Trojan Horse. It’s a way for the post-modernist activists to a) cloak their agenda with the cultural authority of science while b) extending their tentacles into the scientific community itself. It’s a double win for them.
Coyne’s struggles seem to revolve around two things. First, there is a story by STAT News circulating around the internet that documents some of the infighting among the activists. Predictably, it’s the social justice warriors asserting more control over the march that is causing the problems. Interestingly enough, the March for Science FB page has completely ignored the STAT story. Apparently, while the MfS organizers have pledged to strengthen the bonds of mutual respect and communication between scientists and the public while opposing any attempt to censor the sharing of data, the MfS people aren’t too keen on the public knowing the data about their internal infighting.
Secondly, Coyne’s upset about the new Anti-Harassment Policy for Online Platforms found on the MfS webpage. Here’s part of it:
The March for Science does not tolerate hate speech, bigotry, or harassment within or outside our community. Targeting individuals or communities with violent language, including statements that reflect racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, or any form of bigotry, will result in banning and/or blocking. Personal attacks based on religious affiliation or lack of religious affiliation will also lead to banning and/or blocking. To flag an issue, please contact a March for Science administrator on the relevant social media platform.
Given that the New Atheist Movement has long engaged in “personal attacks based on religious affiliation” (Dawkins mocking religious people as “faith-heads” or Harris’s personal attacks on Francis Collins), the MfS has now positioned itself such that it categorizes much of New Atheist rhetoric as “hate speech.”
Anyway, it is interesting how the social justice warriors are becoming more emboldened as we get closer to the march. Consider this article from Vox (the title says it all).
Or check out this article from the Union of Concerned Scientists, an official partner of the March:
Y’gotta love this excerpt:
History shows us that who has access to science, what questions are asked, and how science is used have always had political dimensions. Early scientists butted heads with the religious establishment. And who were most early scientists? Any mainstream history book will tell you that this was mostly white men. And that’s the first problem: Because of who controls history books, the history we hear about tends to focus on white male Europeans. And just as important, access to science was largely unattainable for others, and those that did break though often didn’t get credit for their work. You may have seen the recently resurfaced story of 19th-century Irish doctor Margaret Ann Bulkley, who became James Barry, concealing her born gender for 56 years in order to practice medicine.
Sure. The reason students learn so much about Newton and Darwin at the expense of learning about Bulkley is because the former were “white male Europeans.” Get the feel what science education is going to be like once the social justice warriors control the curriculum? 😉
And then there’s another article using the MfS as a reason to push identity politics: Codes of Conduct Around Inclusion and Harassment Are a Sadly Necessary Trend
We’re also seeing more of the raised, Left fists:
I suspect the social justice warriors are feeling so emboldened because they have accomplished what they needed to accomplish – luring in multiple mainstream scientific organization to endorse their partisan march. Now that the endorsements are in, it’s time to do what activist do – run for the cameras to get the face time to exploit all the free publicity that they can.