Social Justice Atheist Wants to Believe

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.

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9 Responses to Social Justice Atheist Wants to Believe

  1. Terry says:

    Can’t wait for my fellow millienials to have explain all their social media posts in appointment hearings 20+ years from now. If you think the Kavanaugh hearing is a circus…

  2. Dhay says:

    > “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. …”

    That’s an admission by Julie Swetnick that she knew girls (young women) were being raped, knew while it was happening that it was happening right then, knew precisely where, and knew — or would be able to identify for police — at least some of the perpetrators … and did nothing, nothing, nothing to stop the rapes.

    Surely Swetnick is guilty of being an accessory to each and every such rape. As she describes it, an accessory to “many” rapes.

    Just before that in the CNBC article Myers quotes, Swetnick also says:

    Certain girls were targeted by those boys, and “it was usually a girl that was especially vulnerable because she was alone at the party or shy,” Swetnick claimed.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/26/michael-avenatti-identifies-kavanaugh-accuser-as-julie-swetnick.html

    Swetnick knew the types of girls who would be targeted and raped, she could identify them herself, she could and arguably should have helped them avoid the rapes … and did nothing, nothing, nothing to stop the rapes. (Better them than her?)

    Assuming Swetnick’s story is true, I cringe at the boys (young men) who raped; and I cringe at the girls (young women) who in full awareness of what was happening casually turned a blind eye to it.

  3. Michael says:

    Swetnick has serious credibility problems: https://www.apnews.com/bccc4dd598df4e71bbf6c40ff4830373

    Yet PZ “believes” her.

  4. Ilíon says:

    Leftists, like their intellectual cousins, the God-deniers, will say *anything* … and its opposite.

  5. I’m a Democrat. Not sure I can take it much longer. The party is no longer a big tent. It has caved in to the worst in leftist ideology. Don’t agree with abortion or redefinition of marriage? You’re done. Don’t believe in forcing religious organizations to purchase contraceptives for their employees? You must hate women. People like PZ Myers don’t really care about the things they care about (yeah, I understand that sounds like an ad hominem attack, but I’ll stand by it). Like so many political extremists on the left and right, its about having an outlet for a deep underlying anger and rage. It’s also about control. It is an easy thing to play with the house money. In this climate, few Democrats will risk criticizing privilege theory, gender theory, socialism, etc. Much easier to critique evil white men. I’ve seen plenty of white males do this as a means of survival. They don’t believe it. It’s just a matter of devouring someone before you get devoured yourself. I’m positive PZ Myers is a pervert. I have no evidence (actually, doesn’t he like squid?), but I’ll just put it out there and see if it sticks. What a jerk. What an incredible jerk.

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  7. Kevin says:

    Our media is pathetic. They not only are so blinded by progressive ideology that they are incapable of perceiving what is plainly obvious, but they gleefully run with garbage stories in order to press that ideology onto everyone else.

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