Coyne nailed the source of the supposed incivility of atheists. It was all a hoax, which has then been broadcast in every major media outlet. The reason why Americans are bad at science is because scientists are militant atheists who ridicule their religious beliefs. Yeah. Right. Did you read chapters 1-4 of “Introduction to Cell Biology” The word “god” isn’t mentioned in the four chapters, but if you didn’t read them and understand them you’re flunking exam 1, monkeyboy. Scientists are excellent communicators, contrary to the myths promulgated by “journalists.” The problem with science education and literacy in the United States is that education is hampered by religious fundamentalists, and low rates of baseline literacy mean that communicating to the average American is impossible.
I’m intrigued by this Chris Mooney’s motives, and suspect they are nothing short of prostitution. He’s a hipster type who needs to climb up the social ladder so he can be invited to all the cool parties, and maybe have a high enough salary so mommy and daddy can supplement his income in good faith. So, where is the money in science journalism? Why, religion, of course!!! And, where, do tell, does that money come from? Well, well, well. I wonder. So, Mr. Mooney and associates, have you ever worked for an organization funded by the Templeton Foundation or one of their subsidiaries? Have you ever received an award for your “journalism” from Templeton or one of their foundations? Does Discover receive funding from one of these agencies? Has Templeton, Biologos, or any other associated organization purchased copies of your books in quantity? Just wondering…..I find it fascinating that these non-scientist science journalists climb to the top by saying that real scientists are the problem, and that religion is just fine. I’m also aware that Templeton hands out about a quarter million dollars a year in direct prize money to journalists who say things like “religion and science are perfectly compatible” and “atheists are evil people who actually hurt science.”