There is very little difference between a New Atheist activist and a Social Justice activist. Consider atheist activist Jerry Coyne. He is such a snowflake that it won’t be long before he starts demanding trigger warnings when certain topics come up, namely, any published article that is either a) critical of atheism or b) supportive of religion. Consider just the latest example – a pro-religion article appeared on the Aeon website and this clearly offended Snowflake Jerry:
I believe I’m back on solid ground again with this post about the Templeton Foundation (in this case, the Templeton Religion Trust) and their incursion into Aeon magazine, a secular site devoted to “ideas and culture.” What we have here is an article by Manini Sheker whose work apparently wasn’t underwritten by Templeton—which would mean that Sheker was supported by the organization—but where the magazine itself apparently got money from Templeton to publish a dire piece touting the benefits of Catholicism.
Oh, oh. If there is one thing that triggers militant snowflake atheists it is the mealy-mouthed Templeton Foundation. I don’t have the time to go through Coyne’s standard talking points, but I’d like to highlight his conclusion:
And how did Templeton get its sticky fingers in here? Who were they paying to get this article published? We don’t know. Shame on Aeon for publishing such tripe!
My. “Shame on Aeon for publishing such tripe!” That one sentence gives us great insight into the real Jerry Coyne – he is a closet member of the Regressive Left. For those words were spoken like a true social justice warrior. In other words, the author should have been deplatformed. Her words should not have been published.
Anyone who truly values free speech would not be pounding the table like that.
Anyway, given Coyne’s leanings toward the Regressive Left, it should not surprise anyone that he is so approving of Karl Marx:
spreading religiosity is a way, as Marx realized, to get people to accept a problematic status quo: religion, as he said, is an “opium of the people”.
For the record, I have never in my life argued that some anti-Christian or anti-religious article “should not have been published.” And I don’t consider Marx to be any type of expert or authority on the topic of religion and culture.