Finger Pointing

In a previous thread, Archon’s Den replied to my blog entry connecting Jeffrey Epstein to another atheist activist:

Are Catholic pedophiles acceptable, but Atheist ones aren’t??When you list the failings of others, remember the old Elementary School rebuttal: “When you point a finger at me, there are 3 more, pointing back at you.”

Then you could try to prove a direct relationship between being an Atheist, and being a pedophile – any more than being a Catholic Bishop and being one.

First of all, let’s be clear. I have not tried to prove any direct relationship between being an Atheist and being a pedophile. To argue otherwise would be nothing more than claiming faces are in the clouds. The only connection I have been making is between Epstein (and his money) and atheist activism. Where it goes from there is still up in the air.

Second, as for pointing fingers, Archon’s Den has it completely backward. Atheists have been pointing to the Catholic priest-pedophile connection for many years now. Popular atheist blogs, like the Friendly Atheist, highlight negative stories about religious people (mostly Christian) 4 to 5 times a day, 356 days a year. So I am not the finger pointing, I am one of the 3 fingers pointing back at the atheist community.

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4 Responses to Finger Pointing

  1. Ilíon says:

    ‘Atheists’ suddenly develop a “martyr complex” when they get so much as a sniff of their own medicine.

  2. Isaac says:

    Yup. This has nothing to do with “pointing fingers.” Dawkins, Hitchens, and the rest made their bones with wild, unsubstantiated claims that religion was some sort of societal poison, and that atheists were best equipped to dictate morality. They never used data in support of these claims, only anecdotes.

    It’s an entirely defensive and honorable countermeasure to point out some of the many, many anecdotes that refute this argument (as does, frankly, the data.)

  3. pennywit says:

    If Friendly Atheist and other atheist blogs point fingers at religious folks 356 days a year, as you write, then what do they do for the other nine? Go bowling?

  4. FZM says:

    Those days they are in frozen yogurt bars.

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