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The World According to Intolerant Atheists

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorApr 23, 2013 3:17 AM

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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.

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