I read a blog that someone wrote about “Expelled”, the extremely sleazy and deceptive anti-evolution movie that came out a few years ago. I was going to comment, but as with many creationist blogs the comments were disabled. So I sent the author a message explaining why the film was vile and dishonest. They responded, and then I responded to their response at which point they had already run out of arguments and went into this shpeal about how they don’t want to respond to my message because debating takes too much time…
This might have been convincing had they not gone on about why they couldn’t respond even briefly to my message for nine paragraphs.
I pointed this out and they blocked me.
In their message was also one of my favorite dodges, the old “you’re closed-minded and I’m closed-minded, so why waste our time” chestnut, arguing that neither person is going to change their mind as if that makes their positions equally valid, or just a matter of opinion. If I were debating with an anti-evolution person I wouldn’t be swayed because all of the legitimate science and evidence is on my side of the debate. And they wouldn’t be swayed because they’re not interested in evidence. Imagine debating with someone that the world is round and not flat, and when you bring up all the photos nasa has from the space shuttle they go “hey man, you’re not gonna change your mind, I’m not gonna change my mind, lets just agree to disagree”.
But yeah, also someone else, who I won’t name to not be rude, did a blog recently which described every group she disagreed with, pro-choicers etc, but mostly atheists and said verbatim after each description “No wonder you think you have no value.” As if everyone who disagrees with her is crying themselves to sleep each night just wishing they could be a pro-life christian so they could feel good about themselves.
Hugely insulting blog. So I say as much.
She writes back deflecting everything I said with insults and patronizing comments, talking about how I need to “heal” and stop being angry at god etc. I really detest people who are pathologically incapable of even entertaining the idea that they’ve done anything wrong. Or, as perhaps is the case, are not capable of entertaining the idea that they’ve done something wrong if it might threaten their beliefs. This is very similar to another one – when a non-believer criticizes bad behavior from a believer (lying, insults, stereotyping people etc) and the believer responds that they just hate christians or hate the bible or hate god. Using their religion as a shield from all possible criticism.
But yeah, any pathetic cop-outs I’m missing? Feel free to add your own.
[Edit: The second person just responded to me saying she was being patronizing by arguing that patronize means to help someone (ignoring the sense of the word I am talking about). I hereby include “citing the dictionary as ‘evidence” in my list.]