Here’s some evidence that the war between the atheist factions has run deep. Social justice atheist PZ Myers got some email, noting
It used to be that I’d only get ranty, incoherent, ill-informed email from devout Christians. I guess we’ve won and converted them all to ranty, incoherent, ill-informed atheists now. Victory!
And here is the email he received:
You are a stalker
Why do u continue to stalk Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and shermer and other NA. You vermin. You are obsessed. Just leave these people alone. You have target. You really think you are smarter then a PhD in neuroscience. Sam Harris is like really really smart, you couldn’t get a PhD in that field.
You side with irrational blue hair women. Hysterically pathetic “girls” not women. Sam is more of a man than you’ll ever be. That’s logic. Where suppose to trust a buzzfeed journalist. A retart could get a degree in journalism. Only the top 1 percent get into neuroscience. You wonder why majority of people choose Harris over your inquisition. A Harvard graduate vs were did you get your degree from a community college. Hahahah. Lawrence a mit grad. You really think an mit grad is a rapist? We will win this war.Notice how na movement is a hundred times bigger than your movement. I wonder why? Hmmmmmm. #loser
Okay, it’s tempting to chuckle at the dumb New Atheist, but this email is clearly a Poe. For those who don’t know what a Poe is, let me briefly explain.
Back in the day when the tribes of atheism were united in battle against religion (Christians, mostly), some anonymous person out there on the internet would pretend to be a Christian and write to someone like Myers. The key was the atheist writer would tap into just about every negative stereotype about Christians that atheists relish and then go over the top for comedic effect. They would write letters full of the dumbest spelling errors, ridiculous arguments, and hateful rage. Someone like Myers would then lap this up. They would post the email as a example of the stupid, hateful Christians, oh so easily refute it, and laugh. The crowd in the comments section would then join in. The technique became so popular that Richard Dawkins himself would make two videos reading these fake Christian letters to further the propagandistic effort to paint Christians as stupid, hateful ,and hypocritical.
Yet this recent email to PZ Myers shows the atheists are now using the Poe technique against each other. It looks like some social justice atheist decided to impersonate a New Atheist, making them sound as stupid and hateful as the ol’ Christians back in the day. And Myers laps it up, posts it, and gets his social justice fans to mock the New Atheists in the same way they once mocked the Christians.
That the atheist factions are firing off Poes at each other tells us they must be close to hating each other as much as they hate “devout Christians.”
Of course, those New Atheists who strenuously denied the “devout Christian” emails were Poes must [cough] likewise be denying PZ Myer’s email was a New Atheist Poe.