Whore Journalism and the Myth of Uncivil Atheists

Lying for Templeton?

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.”

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9 Responses to “Whore Journalism and the Myth of Uncivil Atheists”

  1. bethany Says:

    This surprises you? Are you new around here? The person who handles Templetons publications, Rod Dreher, a religious weirdo who blames everything on the Enlightenment and the Reformation, has already been exposed for lying about his Pulitzer nominations. You’ve got a nest of crooked people rotten to the core with their hands on a dead mans millions and nothing but revenge in their hearts and nothing to do but to look for Chris Mooneys to put out on the street corner. I’m surprised there aren’t more of these bitches.

  2. Gabby Says:

    As a matter of fact, Chris has been honored by the Templeton Foundation.

  3. sherkat Says:

    Well, that’s a shocker! I can’t believe it! Mooney is a Templeton Awardee. Jesus fuck. I’ll be covered in shit and licked clean by a goat….I’m just speechless….

  4. James Sweet Says:

    I suspect Chris’ motives are more benign… I think he has simply fallen hard for the fallacy of false middle. If most Americans fall somewhere in between Fred Phelps and Richard Dawkins, why, then the only reasonable conclusion is that Phelps and Dawkins are equally credible!

  5. debaser Says:

    Shake your Mooney Maker, Templeton Award-Taker

    Who needs intellectual integrit-taaay,

    When you got a pocket full of accommodation mon-naaaay

  6. schmielt Says:

    I was initially inclined to agree with James based on an interview I’d heard with Chris Mooney on Point of Inquiry a while back, but I went back and relistened to it, and now I’m not so sure. It sounds pretty dodgy and not well defended (he defends his application for and acceptance of a journalism fellowship at Templeton based on his assertion that they don’t undermine science but merely encourage a dialogue and make no attempt to control which direction that dialogue takes). (Link below – they start discussion of this at about 19:40). However, I did love The Republican War on Science. For someone who didn’t live through the history of where we are now, it did a good job of laying out all their assaults on science over the decades.

    http://www.pointofinquiry.org/chris_mooney_accommodationism_and_the_psychology_of_belief/

  7. sherkat Says:

    Mooney is a whore. I understand the motivation, money is tight, and it’s hard to keep up the standard of living to which many people become accustomed. But, this was lying for Templeton for money, which is less noble than lying for Jesus, though the same in the end.

  8. Blogging Against Theocracy….The RELIGIOUS War Against Science. « Iranianredneck’s Weblog Says:

    […] is grating about the entire article is that is explicitly touts the “Mooney Thesis” coined by the Templetonian journalist who claims that the problem with science in the US is purely political, and not religious. Any […]

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