December 8, 2012

Holy Hyperbole, Squidman!

hyperboleWhen Ministry Best Practices referred to people who dare to leave their church as excrement, atheists noticed. From the perspective of these Christians, someone who does not agree with their particular doctrine should leave. Fair enough. I mean, it is not like they are going to change their doctrine and become more reasonable.

Still, the comparison to excrement may have struck me as being a bit over the top at one point in time. But that point would have been sometime before I read PZ Myers' (Pharyngula) comparison of atheists who disagree with him on the Internet to mass murderer Marc Lépine.

After quoting a news article about Lépine, PZ wrote:
I remember following the events of that day intently, horrified that there are people who will kill women simply because they are women. And these anonymous monsters on the internet who shriek affrontedly about women and feminists and moan that any feminist allies are ‘manginas’ — to me, every one of them has the name Marc Lépine, and is just hiding it in shame and fear and hatred and cowardice.
Right. Because calling PZ a "mangina" or expressing opposition to what passes for feminism in some corners of the atheist community today is an awful lot like murdering 14 people and injuring 14 others with a rifle.