So I’ve been a follower of the Why Evolution is True for quite some time now. I’ve even met Jerry Coyne, got my book signed by him and sat right beside him at a brunch event on the topic of free will. Seemed like a nice enough guy. I’ve made some comments on his blog on various posts over the years but they are generally quite few and far between. That was, until yesterday. I’ve contravened the rigorously enforced “roolz” of the language police and have now been banned from here
The apparent thread that set it all off started at comment number 23. I’ll let you read it through and decide for yourself. Apparently telling someone who brings up the electoral college and the popular vote (a year and a half after the election) that they’re just engaging in sour grapes is a grave insult. I encourage you to read through the rest of the post and you’ll find instances of “insults” being leveled at other people. Didn’t see any warnings issued to those people. I suspect it was because of my political stance (I’m not a rabid, mouth-frothing Trump-hater like almost everyone else in the forum) although he denies it.
This was the thread that broke the camel’s back apparently and got me banned:
Now, this wouldn’t really be that big a deal if it wasn’t for the fact that he routinely posts stories on his blog, decrying the suppression of free speech on University campuses. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal if he didn’t say the following about John Haught after a public debate the two of them had in which Haught tried to get the video of the event suppressed:
“I am deeply angry about this stand, and can see only one reason for what Haught has done: cowardice. He lost the debate; his ideas were exposed for the mindless theological fluff that they were; and I used his words against him, showing that even “sophisticated” theology, when examined under the microscope of reason, is just a bunch of made-up stuff, tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. ”
Apparently calling a man a coward and telling him that his ideas are mindless fluff told by an idiot is perfectly fine and not insulting in any way. (Ironically, I completely agree with everything Jerry said. I’ve watched the debate and I couldn’t make heads or tails of anything that John Haught said. Gibberish from start to finish as far as I could tell.) However don’t you dare direct any insults towards him or even his readers because the language police will ban you!
I don’t have a right to post on anyone’s blog. I never claimed that I did. The only thing I have done, is point out that for a a man that claims to be in favour of free speech, he quite plainly doesn’t practice what he preaches.
And that’s why he’s a complete and total Hypocrite.