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Happy Atheist PZ Myers rescues Creative Pooper from suicide

Dallas Haugh (aka the Creative Pooper) was one of Michael Shermer’s alleged victims according to this characterization:

In fine witch-hunting style, Myers then broadly solicited more anonymous rumors to back up his anonymous rumor, resulting in more people coming forward claiming Shermer raped them, tried to rape them, or filled their wine glass for nefarious purposes, including a fat LARP-y guy named Dallas Haugh who was fairly sure Michael Shermer raped him.

http://www.uncommondescent.com/humor/breaking-news-michael-shermer-issues-cease-and-desist-order-against-pz-myers/

Haugh apparently posted a suicide note recently, and PZ Myers led efforts to rescue the Creative Pooper. PZ published up-to-the minute updates of his rescue efforts here:

Do you know the person behind the tumblr “Creative Pooping”, who goes by the name Dallas Haugh?

Now, for those of you unaware, PZ published a book this year called The Happy Atheist which I used in the title of this thread.

happy atheist

PZ Myers’ Happy Atheist
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #10 in Books > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Atheism
#15 in Books > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Sociology
#46 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Evolution

Compare this to Stephen Meyer’s book:

Stephen Meyer Darwin’s Doubt
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#1 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Biological Sciences > Paleontology
#4 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Astronomy & Space Science > Cosmology
#4 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Evolution > Organic

I’ll take our Meyer against their Myer any day.

Curiously, it looks like the atheists have been the ones giving PZ’s book 1-star ratings. Such as John Loftus:

This review is about the pre-published “Uncorrected Galleys” of this book sent to me because I requested a copy as an Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer. As such, I must review it since I requested it. I regret doing so because I don’t want to antagonize PZ Myers (someone I’d like to consider a friend someday). Nonetheless, I cannot do anything less than to write an honest and fair review of it.

The book is titled “The Happy Atheist” and contains 34 chapters. I think a more fitting title would have been, “The Laughing Atheist.”

It’s a book of ridicule with some science and reason thrown in for good measure. He’s a great writer, no doubt, and he can make us laugh at superstition. So this is quintessential Myers. It’s typically what he does best.

That being said, I have some problems with it. In the first place, I did a little research and found that nearly half of the chapters can be found almost word for word as blog posts of his with the same title. No doubt there are a few others. Some of them have probably been given a different title, like chapter thirteen, “Happy Easter!,” which was originally a blog post of his titled “Sunday Sacrilege: The Silliest Story Ever Told.” I have been a semi-casual reader of PZ Myers’s blogs and after reading through this book there was little new for me. So I for one, am disappointed….

John Loftus
gives PZ 1-star

My view? Why buy the book, you can get an undiluted dose of PZ over at his blog for free…

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8 Responses to Happy Atheist PZ Myers rescues Creative Pooper from suicide

  1. Loftus mentioned Suday Sacrilege.

    Here is one such offering from reverend PZ:

    So what I’m actually going to talk about today is my plan to assault heaven and kill God.
    ….
    my brothers and sisters in atheism. We are not sheep; there are no shepherds here. I look out from this stage and I see 4000 pairs of hunter’s eyes, 4000 hunter’s minds, 4000 pairs of hunter’s hands. I see the primeval primate hunting band grown large and strong. I see us so confident in our strength that we laugh at our enemies. I see a people thinking and planning, fierce and focused, learning and building new tools to conquer new worlds.

    You are not sheep. You, my brothers and sisters in atheism, are a fierce, coordinated hunting pack — men and women working together, and those other bastards have cause to fear us. So let’s do it: make them tremble as we demolish the city of god.

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/ph.....ty-of-god/

    HT Mike Gene

  2. Yeesh! I do not even want think about what that Internet name is supposed to mean.

    “I will not think of an elephant…” “I will not think of an elephant…” “I will not think of an elephant…” “I will not think of an elephant…” “I will not think of an elephant…” “I will not think of an elephant…”

  3. Kill God? The man could barely sit still when an 23 year old threatened suicide. Loving one’s enemy is tough. Loving PZ Myers is tougher still. But inside that failed, wannabe rock star bowl of festering jello between his ears there’s a conscience. Good for him. May his flying spaghetti monster bless him for it.

  4. Over the years, the ID movement was such the object of hatred by atheists and skeptics. But I sensed it has waned as they have started attacking each other.

    http://anthonybsusan.wordpress.....pting-out/

    I got immediately swarmed by atheist anti-feminist men and the situation escalated until one of them threatened to kill me. Several times, in fact. Al’s since deleted the threats, but as far as I know, he still acknowledges that the threats were made. The person making the threats is possibly unwell; he also told me he’s a genetically engineered soldier. But that doesn’t make me feel any better about the fact that someone repeatedly threatened to kill me.

    Which seems reasonable–unless you’re EllenBeth Wachs. Wachs, who identifies herself as the past president of the Florida Humanists Association, told me I’d brought the death threats upon myself for being so easy to troll. She repeated those statements on Twitter. I’m not sure why Wachs is so convinced the person was joking; there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that’s the case. I have no idea if I was being trolled or not, but ultimately this doesn’t matter: making death threats crosses a line. It’s never funny. It’s totally inappropriate behavior and if Wachs was in the least bit invested in actual rationality, rather than the fevered defense of Michael Shermer, she would have acknowledged that.

    But she hasn’t. She still thinks it’s hilarious that someone threatened to kill me and the abuse didn’t end there. Shocked that I called her behavior sociopathic, she demanded an apology–for obvious reasons, she didn’t get it. And that’s when she name-dropped my boss and threatened to call him.

    I highlight these episodes to suggest, whose world would rather live in, a world dominated Darwinists like PZ Myers and friends, or a world filled with Creationists like Ben Carson?

  5. whose world would rather live in, a world dominated Darwinists like PZ Myers and friends, or a world filled with Creationists like Ben Carson?

    If we are going to play this game, then I will answer honestly and say a world dominated by people — people, Sal — like PZ seems much preferable to one dominated by people like Barry Arrington, GEM, Michelle Bachmann, Hannity, Vox Day, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Mohamed Morsi.

  6. LarTanner,

    Why’s that?

  7. If we are going to play this game, then I will answer honestly and say a world dominated by people — people, Sal — like PZ seems much preferable to one dominated by people like Barry Arrington, GEM, Michelle Bachmann, Hannity, Vox Day, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Mohamed Morsi.

    The fact that you equate Morsi, and Ahmadinejad, to Sean Hannity, and Barry suggests you are either completely ignorant or being intellectually dishonest.

  8. Just because they are on the same list does not mean they are equivalent.

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