Fish in a barrel

Mark is a delightful Christian commenter.  I give him points for frequently commenting to an unfriendly crowd.  I immediately withdraw those points for making transparently bad arguments.

He left a comment on my post from this morning where dad talked about why he makes posts about atheism.

“In short, if you know me and like me, then let me inform you I am an atheist, and I am still that very same person whom you knew and liked.”

God does not judge based on how many likes you get. The point should not be to get you to act a certain way, but to point out that no one (including you) can measure up to God’s standard.

“I am disgusted with people who don’t know jack shit about science demanding to determine what is taught as science.”

Why? Why should scientists have any more say in how a public institution is run than anyone else unless they are elected as a representative? We are NOT a technocracy but a democratic republic.

Father has more patience than I.

“God does not judge based on how many likes you get.”
There is no god except for Pikkiwokki, the Padua New Guinean Mud God who promises his followers a pig and all of the coconuts they can carry. How many likes I get is very important to him.

“Why? Why should scientists have any more say in how a public institution is run than anyone else unless they are elected as a representative?”
Do you also ask why aeronautical engineers should be the ones to design aircraft? You go ahead and try to fly in aircraft designed by elected representatives. I’ll pass, thank you. Should medical doctors decide how medicine is to be practiced in public hospitals, or elected representatives? You get your heart surgery from an elected representative, I’ll take mine from a knowledgeable surgeon, thank you very much.

Seriously, who do you suggest be charged with deciding what is proper English, to be taught in English classes? Would it be an elected someone who doesn’t know anything about it but may be very well versed in Farsi? Would you have an illiterate decide what is to be taught in Literature classes because he was elected?

Science is neither a democracy nor a popularity contest. I’m surprised to find someone who didn’t know that.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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