The World According to Intolerant Atheists

By Keith Kloor | April 22, 2013 11:17 pm

This tweet and blog post headline is really something:

Islam Apparently behind Boston bombing

It’s from Jerry Coyne, the evolutionary biologist who apparently would blame environmentalism for Ted KaczynskiI know Coyne doesn’t like it when atheists are accused of being anti-Muslim, but he’s a whisker from being no better than Pam Geller, the queen of Islamophobia.

I’m no fan of religion myself, but I’m also no fan of fundamentalist atheism, especially the kind that paints religious faiths with a broad brush.

UPDATE: In response, Coyne calls me a “devout accommodationist” and tries to have it both ways:

 I am apparently an Islamophobe for saying that Islam was behind the Boston bombing. Actually, I didn’t say that Islam was behind the bombings—Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the bombers, did!

For someone who claims to be a rationalist, I don’t see how Coyne can play these semantic games with a straight face.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: atheism, atheist, Islam, religion

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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets.From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine.In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest.He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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