Monday, January 21, 2013

Jerry's Atheist Moral Precepts

Jerry Coyne, on something that would make him gleeful:
I must confess, though, that I too chafe at the thought that the religious people will never learn they’re wrong. And I sometimes wish that the faithful could be resurrected for a few brief minutes after death—just so I could tell them, “I told you so!”
Atheists often slander Christians by saying that we enjoy the prospect of their facing eternal torment. Of corse nothing could be further from the truth, but many of those dearies just love to play the persecuted victim. Here we have Coyne wishing, unapologetically, that he'd like the dead to awake, just for a moment, so he can crow victoriously.

What a jackass.


  1. For such supposedly smart people, it's funny that people like Coyne never get around to thinking what the result would be if everybody came to the realization that our "God given" rights were just personal preferences subject to the whim of the strongest. Does Coyne think he would thrive in a world like that?

  2. Prof. Heddle, don't you spend most of your time on this blog crowing victoriously about how stupid other people are? At least, that's the way it seems to me. This one particularly stands out*, but there are lots of others. It seems kind of hypocritical to complain about Coyne doing the same thing.

    * Particularly because you upbraid one person for having the temerity to introduce a new word as if it was some mortal sin, when in fact good writers introduce new words all the time.

  3. Refusing to believe that rights are "God given" does not translate to rights are "just personal preferences subject to the whim of the strongest". The whole point of a shared Constitution and Bill of Rights is that they are woven into the fabric of the national identity, with institutional support for those rights, and people growing up to believe that they represent something important and worth adhering to.

    The ACLU is one of the strongest advocates for the Bill of Rights, and yet probably many members don't believe that the rights are "God given".

    Neither a belief that rights are "God given", nor a Bill of Rights, will be much protection against a group with superior firepower and the will to use it. But so what?