15 Aug – A Lie! And Where Did the Science Go?

Six posts today, and no science for the second day in a row. A couple weeks ago the percentage of science posts on Pharyngula had ticked up to 30%, but now it’s back down again at 26%. Why?

We are of the opinion that people tend to write about what they care about. Awkward sentence construction aside, our hypothesis is that PZ Myers doesn’t care that much about science, preferring instead to focus on evangelical progressivism, politics, and social justice. We don’t keep tabs on exactly what subject PZ writes about in each post, for a number of reasons. 1) His posts often have multiple points of focus, and B) there is no clean delineation between politics and social justice, for example. So we decided to go with science vs. non-science with the understanding that some percentage of those non-science posts are actually just pictures of his grandkids standing next to a laptop.

A picture doesn’t lie, but PZ Myers always seems to find creative ways to do it. Today, he puts a lie in the title of a post in addition to the body.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

Potato-nosed old man with no lips and a spray-on tan fears he’ll never get laid again if rape and incest are criminalized…He doesn’t stop to consider the virtues of treating women like people — the only way humanity could have survived is via rape and incest.



Two lies here about Iowa Representative Steve King – a Republican, but that’s a tautology because PZ only deprecates Republican politicians. The first sentence is the title of the post, and in it PZ claims that King fears he will never have sex again if rape and incest are criminalized. There are at least two problems with this. A) King never said anything about his desire to have sex. 2) Rape and incest are already criminal acts.

It’s plausible to argue that PZ has his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, but we would then respond with the second part of the snippet: PZ claims King thinks procreating via rape and incest is the only way humanity could have survived. That is most decidedly not what King said:

Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that…I’ve got 174 people who say they don’t want exceptions for rape and incest because they understand it is not the baby’s fault, to abort the baby, because of the sin of the father, and maybe sometimes the sin of the mother too.



King is clearly not celebrating rape or incest. He’s clearly not saying he wants to see them legal so he can get laid. He’s making a point about the innocence of a child conceived of rape or incest. But, PZ Myers can’t or won’t see that point, however stupid or hamfisted it was presented by King. And that is because anti-abortion, pro-life positions like the one King was espousing will never get a fair hearing on Pharyngula. PZ will never argue against the best, most effective points from the other side. He will always try to marginalize, demonize, and lie about his perceived political enemies because he doesn’t care about truth. Making a good argument isn’t important to him. Power is.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 6 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 86 science-related posts, 244  non-science posts.

26% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 88 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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