So, Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland has a new post up today and I’m wondering how the rage-bloggers will read what he is saying and how they will respond.
UPDATE: It’s already started, here. More to come I will assure you.
He points particularly to PZ Myers as a person “…central to the escalation of what some people call ‘the deep rifts’.” That, my friends is a very deliberate statement to make and I am certain that right now there are people, you know, The Usual Suspects, that are furiously typing away, making all sorts of defamations against Mr. Nugent.
Mr. Nugent seems confused by Myers’ behavior in person and that of a Keyboard Social Justice Warrior.
But something seems to happen to him when he gets behind a keyboard. He routinely demonises people in a way that he doesn’t do in person, and that he recognises as unfair when others do it to him. He routinely attacks people as individuals, as opposed to merely attacking their ideas or behaviour.
I have never met PZ Myers and have no doubt that what Mr. Nugent states is true as I’ve heard other people that have met and claim to know him, make similar statements. Why is this suddenly a surprise to Mr. Nugent? I mean, wasn’t he the one that tried to heal the rift a while back by having an open discussion between both “sides”? Sure he was. Is it possible that during that time he never researched any of the statements made by those same Usual Suspects against certain “named atheists” as he refers to them?
I think, for all the good Mr. Nugent has done and still does in atheism, especially in his home country of Ireland, he’s coming to the show a bit late. There was a need for this post, but it was two years ago and now, it just looks like someone’s finally awakened to the fact that there is a minority of so-called atheists and skeptics that are attempting to make the entire atheist world look bad.
I am glad Mr. Nugent has finally come out of the thick fog, or deep sleep,(choose your own metaphor) that he’s been in for the last two years and more.