On a recent Atheist Experience, the last caller of the day asked about Islam and the validity of hating Islam and Russell and Lynnea both did exactly what I expected. Now given my ongoing disagreement with their philosophical position on a great number of things, this isn’t surprising, in fact, when they launched into an example, I could tell where it was going. They criticized who I am going to assume is Elliot Roger, the guy who shot up a college because he couldn’t get laid, leaving behind links to some MRA websites. Now certainly you can and should criticize the guy for what he did, but they argued that some unnamed people were pointing to this guy’s mental illness and not his imagined “men’s rights” ideology and presumably they thought those people were idiots. Yet their side does the exact same thing when it comes to radical feminism! It’s never the ideology, if anyone says something wrong or does something wrong, it can’t be the ideology to blame! If anyone on their side does something idiotic, as they do so often, feminism could never have anything to do with it!
Of course, none of this is true, the website that Roger had been going to was called PUAHate and in the thread in question, it asked if you could come up with a virus that killed all the men, other than yourself, would you do it. Presumably this was to give women no chance but to consort with you because you were literally the last man on Earth. That has nothing to do with men’s rights whatsoever, in fact it’s the exact polar opposite of men’s rights, they’re talking about virtual male genocide. But hey, tell that to the crazy radical feminist liberals that populate TAE.
Then Lynnea claims that there is an ongoing rash of sexual harassment at atheism conferences. Really? Produce one. Show that this is true. It isn’t. It never has been. In fact, all of the classical cases that are claimed are just absurd over-reactions by feminists, starting with Elevatorgate and going onward. There has never been a single case that I am aware of, and please correct me if I am wrong, where any woman has ever been demonstrably sexually harassed at any atheist conference. Go ahead. Impress me. I’m not holding my breath. Unfortunately, these people consider anything they dislike to be harassment, but that’s liberalism for you.
I really can’t be surprised at this anymore, it happens pretty much any time anyone brings up any non-extreme-liberal position on TAE. All of a sudden, the hosts start shouting over the caller, refusing to let them speak, threatening to put them on hold and often hanging up on them. Clearly, they are uncomfortable with anyone who disagrees with their particular flavor of Kool Aid. Isn’t that exactly what theists do? They just throw things at anyone who disagrees, faster than the other person can answer, they stifle their ability to speak and after they blow off their opponent, they insult them when they can’t be responded to.
You liberals are no better than the theists you pretend to be superior to, but it isn’t just the hosts of TAE, it’s a huge majority of liberals I see on a regular basis. It’s their modus operandi. It’s meaningless threats, Gish gallops, authoritarian nonsense and post-discussion grandstanding. Welcome to the liberal playbook. Wish I could say I was surprised.