Egnor cares not for reality or honesty - he just wants to piss people off so they'll notice him.
Why does Egnor defend Coulter? To get the fun of shouting matches with atheists? Not likely for a serious person. Why should Egnor pose as anti-evolution given that Egnor considers evolutionary biology is good science. What is the purpose of this post?
Why do I do this? Good question. I've wondered myself. It's not like I don't have enough other stuff to do.
Perhaps it's for religious reasons-- to advance Christ's work on earth. Not that I'm a particularly good emissary, but somebody needs to stand up and speak out about atheism, and I have some minimal aptitude for that. I was an atheist myself years ago, and I know the intellectual darkness, and I'm grateful others spoke up and helped me.
Of course, perhaps it's ego. I try not the think this way, but I'm human.
I think the main reason, probably, is that I hate bullies. Atheists have tried so hard to destroy the careers of good scientists, like Sternberg, Behe, Dembski, Luskin, Gonzalez, Marks, Crocker, Gaskell. Each of these folks has been put through a gauntlet of hateful personal spite and professional destruction. I admire them for their courage. They stood up to the atheist infestation in science. They told the truth. Nature is saturated with evidence of intelligent agency, and is in fact unintelligible without at least tacit recognition of this basic fact.
Fortunately, I'm in a academic position in which I'm safe. Atheists can't do much to me, although they've tried. If I were younger, or less established, or untenured, I'd have a lot more to worry about.
Dealing with atheists is like walking past a mean dog each day. The dog lunges, but he's chained . Nasty, but harmless. Just stay beyond the reach of his chain. Sometimes it's irresistable to taunt him a bit.
Atheism is so stupid that taunting them is safe. They're all bluster, and sneer, and spit. They will try to destroy you professionally if they can. I am fortunate to be in a position where they can't. Otherwise they have nothing. They have no logic. Their 'science' is banal. Their ideology is gibberish. They have no weapons but fear.
Atheists are like the dog.
Atheism is like the chain.