“Don’t be a dick.”
He was, unsurprisingly, attacked by Dicks for Atheism, but he was right.
Relatedly, Feminists Without Religion have done their best to prove that those who lack the anatomical equipment can still act in defiance of Plait’s warning and make giant spectacles of themselves in the process.
To wit: Science is unable to measure the galactic levels of Stupid in this failed attempt at edgy cleverdumb.
See: here’s the thing: If there is anything the biblical record makes clear, it is that the Incarnation absolutely hinged on Mary’s consent. “Be it unto me according to your word” is the archetypal act of consent. Christians have literally spent two thousand years reflecting on the fact that Mary’s choice is at the center of the drama. No “Fiat!”, no Incarnation. Mary freely gives herself. This is, like, Marian Theology 101.
Is she chosen by God from all eternity? Of course! But Christianity is not Islam. She is not deprived of her power to consent by the raw, overwhelming power of God. Rather, as Paul says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” In Christian understanding, God is the ground of her power to consent–and, by the way, of ours. The cry of the human heart–including the feminist without religion’s heart–for the dignity of the human power to choose is exemplified, not denied, by Mary’s completely free “Yes!” to God.
Atheists: stop privileging nose-pulling over accuracy. If you want to insult Christians, at least have the class to know what they believe. When you lazily take stupid, ignorant cheap shots, it just makes you look like stupid, ignorant jerks. Especially when, for extra bonus jerkishness, the person who made this used the artist’s work without consent.