Friday, February 11, 2011
Massimo Pigliucci on a claim by University of Virginia cognitive scientist Jonathan Haidt that people holding to conservative values may be discriminated against in academia. Pigliucci notes:
A serious social scientist doesn't go around crying out discrimination just on the basis of unequal numbers. If that were the case, the NBA would be sued for discriminating against short people, dance companies against people without spatial coordination, and newspapers against dyslexics.Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association, recently argued that Native Americans lost their land and were forced onto reservations because they "continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition" and refuse to come into "the light of Christianity" and assimilate "into Christian culture," which, apparently, includes "a right of conquest."
And, concerning the tizzy some Religious Right groups have been thrown into by GOProud being included at CPAC as a "participating organization," there is the amusingly suggestive boast by a GOProud activist that "we came out on top."
There are times when the bigotry and sanctimonious arrogance of some of these people is truly breathtaking.
We all know (well, maybe not some Gnu Atheists)that there are many Christians who are just as appalled by such attitudes as non-Christians, as Jerry Coyne found when he met the Methodist group. (He shouldn't have been surprised by it, though) What would help is if greater prominence were given by the media to criticism of the extremists by moderate Christians.