Saturday, March 15, 2014

This is vile even for Jerry Coyne

Coyne is upset that Britain has state-supported faith schools-- he believes that atheism should be the official religion of the state, and he hates competitors. But he adds this:
Given that parents can (unfortunately) legally proselytize their children at home, there is no justification for publicly supporting religious education outside the home.
Does Coyne actually believe that parents should not be allowed by law to raise their own children in their own faith? Presumably the religion police in Coyne's utopia would monitor discussions in private homes between parents and children, in order to catch and prosecute any illegal "proselytizing" within  families.

This is not a theoretical scenario. Such suppression of private religious exercise within families was a hallmark of communist totalitarianism from Soviet Russia to Mao's China to Pol Pot's Cambodia, and remains in force in North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cuba and China.

Coyne apparently intends to prove that he has earned his "Censor of the Year" award. Sometimes the totalitarianism inherent to atheism doesn't even run deep: it sits right on the surface. 


  1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMarch 15, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Coyne makes the Saudi religious police look positively moderne, eh?

  2. El Booto: Lets tell jokes: what's the difference between an elephant and a toaster?

    Jerry : What?

    El Booto : Boy, you are dumb.

    (not my original)

    El Booto: (Bleep) you atheist!

    Jerry : Stop swearing or I 'll call Dawkins to come and read you God Delusion.

  3. Oh, now! It's well-demonstrated that there is *nothing* too vile for any God-hater.

  4. It's important to brainwash them when they're young.