Atheists love to preen about their supposed allegiance to critical thinking and evidence. Yet most of us here recognize this posturing is not rooted in reality. For those still having a hard time believing it, consider something atheist PZ Myers wrote a few days ago:
The latest accuser speaking up about Kavanaugh has a horrific tale to tell, but the most horrific thing about it is that it seems entirely plausible.
He then quotes from the news article:
Swetnick, in the affidavit posted on Twitter by Avenatti, claims that she saw Kavanaugh, as a high school student in Maryland in the early 1980s, and others spike the drinks of girls at house parties with grain alcohol and/or drugs to “cause girls to lose inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.’ ”
Swetnick said these efforts by Kavanaugh and his buddy Mark Judge were done so the girls “could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.”
“I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” Swetnick said.
She also said in her affidavit sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee that in approximately 1982 “I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.”
Mushy Myers adds:
I’ve mentioned that I was ‘rushed’ by a fraternity once upon a time. It was a whole house packed full of these guys, so I can believe it.
How do you like that for critical thinking? It’s plausible, so it must be true. He believes it because, well, it fits with some experience he once had.
Look, those of us who do actually understand how to think critically easily recognize that Myers in engaged in classic confirmation bias. Myers eagerly embraces the crazy story simply because it fits into the narrative that his mind imposes upon reality. He is immensely invested in this accusation being true.
Whatever happened to the PZ Myers who once declared, “Nothing must be held sacred. Question everything?” If he had truly meant that, he might have been spared yet more egg on his face. For it appears this accuser has a serious credibility problem and is now trying to walk those accusations back.