Speaking Of PZ Myers…

I just threw a quote by a real biologist into the pro-choice verses no-choice morass I created a few days ago, after U.S. Republican fucks (and a few rogue Demofucks) voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Check out comment 43.

This might surprise people but I am actually more uneasy writing over-the-top frothing blog posts and editorials than readers might think. I actually prefer to be friendly and cuddly. But Myers makes me feel better about my rants.

From Myer’s excellent blog Pharyngula, here’s a little bit  from a guest post by Iris Vander Pluym:

If anything, what we need is far more mockery, relentlessly and consistently deployed in the general direction of anyone who says that the separation of church and state is unconstitutional, or that global warming is a hoax, or that the Earth is 10,000 years old, or that eliminating Social Security is a grand idea. We should always attack stupid ideas, regardless of how nice a suit the proponent is wearing at a press conference.

Mock. Point. Laugh. State facts. Satirize. Call a lie, a lie. Mock again. Laugh again. Point to facts again. Repeat. Repeat again. Repeat yet again, until everyone thinks twice before ever uttering anything so destructive, ignorant and idiotic in public.

How more people skewering right-wing falsehoods would not lead to a better world escapes me.

I’ll just add that you can’t reason with psychopaths but you can talk to the people they’re talking to and try to warn the crowd that the often reasonable-sounding person they’re listening to is one step removed from calling for witch burnings. It’s important to remember this. Witch burnings are very bad, and the road to them starts with magical ideas like “a fetus is a baby”.

Besides, I think there’s hope for lots of too-religious people. I can think of some overly-religious regular Dog Blog commentators  who seem eminently salvageable.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

6 thoughts on “Speaking Of PZ Myers…”

  1. Nice to see some PZ quotes around here. BTW, his last named is spelled Myers (just one ‘e’).

  2. Also, I just had a look at the linked post from Pharyngula, and it appears that it’s actually a guest post written by Iris Vander Pluym, not by PZ himself. Not that PZ hasn’t said similar things before. He usually has great ‘Sunday Sacrilege’ rants.

  3. Nice catch on the spelling and guest-postitude of that clip Stephen quoted.

    I phoned him to get it changed but dude is drunk in a bar somewhere. I had to fix it for him.

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