Lying Reverend: I Will No Longer Respond to My Critics

You’ll all be thrilled to learn that The Christian Post‘s Rev. Austin Miles has finally come clean about making a change to an article he wrote, denying making that change, blaming atheists for drawing attention to it, and then accusing those atheists of hacking into his writing account.

Kind of. (Emphasis his.)

A reader attributed a quote to me in the story in question. My response was it was not in the story referenced. And it wasn’t, because of an edit after it went up. I never stated that I did not write the story, but that I did not SEE the reference in the story. My motive was not pure since I frankly wanted to get back at the responder who had misquoted me so often. That was not my finest hour. So I take the blame.

Well… that’s big of him, right?

Not quite.

He admits to writing the quotation in his draft but says it was never posted (which implies that atheists still hacked into his account):

Then he goes on to explain his biggest mistake: Having a conversation with his atheist critics in the first place (emphasis his):

The First Mistake I made was in reading the comments in the first place. I have done that as a courtesy and to possibly find something constructive or informative. In the case of CP, it doesn’t exist. It has, disappointingly, become a forum for bitter, unstable people.

So I have learned a powerful lesson I should have learned years ago while living a high profile public life; One does not answer critics or even read their comments. That is now settled. Too soon oldt….too late schmart.

There’s your Fundamentalist mindset at work: Don’t respond to legitimate criticism. Just ignore it and keep doing what you do.

It’s what Jesus would have done.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • 7Footpiper

    I knew there’d be a “but” in there.

    • Renshia

      And you know, everything that comes before it, is bullshit.

      • Joel Lim

        after. God loves you but…. Love is unconditional but…. The Bible is inerrant but….

        • Renshia

          Ah, I see you fully understand. the complexities of the conversation.
          Very good.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Wow. Just think of all the mental energy that reverend has needed to waste just jumping through mental hoops trying to deny reality.

    Then again, as a reverend I guess he has a lot of practice.
    :-)

    • tinker
      • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

        Good one! Adam Savage from Mythbusters: “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      Your ego is so out of whack that it will do whatever it can to protect itself. And people with a messed up ego can do these mental gymnastics to convince themselves they’re awesome, when really, they’re just douche bags!

      – Kyle (South Park)

  • ortcutt

    “So I have learned a powerful lesson I should have learned years ago while living a high profile public life…”

    I still can’t get over his delusions of grandeur. He’s a “chaplain” (where? for who?) and blogger. You’d think he’s the Grand Mufti, Pope, and Brad Pitt rolled into one reading this kind of hauteur.

  • Octoberfurst

    It is a good lesson for all theists Rev. Never,ever talk to an atheist. They use things like logic and facts to crush your theories and it’s just SO unfair! I mean, your brain-dead followers never ask any hard questions so why should atheists? Why can’t they just accept theistic claims as fact? They’re just so mean! >wiping away tear<

  • slantrhyme

    Living a “high profile public life”?

    Somebody’s certainly impressed with himself. Am I the only one who had no idea who this typical dime-a-dozen columnist was?

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

      He is a Cult of one.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    The First Mistake I made was in reading the comments in the first place. I have done that as a courtesy and to possibly find something constructive or informative. In the case of CP, it doesn’t exist. It has, disappointingly, become a forum for bitter, unstable people.

    Bitter, unstable people. Well, that’s why you’re such a suitable a contributor to CP, Austin.

    Your second mistake was to write the post in question. There were several subsequent mistakes after that, but you have only tangentially addressed them. Whatever. It’s futile to harp on those any further. Your first mistake was to be convinced of the truth of your religion, but that was a long time ago and perhaps not entirely your fault, since you were probably just a little kid.

    Take a vacation. You (and everyone else) need it.

  • geru

    “One does not answer critics or even read their comments. That is now settled.”

    The pigeon has left the chessboard, I repeat, the pigeon has left the chessboard, over.

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

      How do christians cheat at chess? Because, they believe at the end of the game, their King returns.

  • Edmond

    When you click on the author’s name in the byline, it takes you to an error page, rather than any kind of profile or access to his other articles. More “atheist hacking”? Maybe he’s been sacked? Very strange.


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