Here are a few of the more common responses engendered by the column:
It is not fair to blame all scientists, or science itself, for the evil actions of a few scientists.
Of course it is not. And therefore it is obviously not fair to blame everyone who possesses religious faith, or religion itself, for the evil actions of a few religious people. Yet anti-religious individuals such as Sam Harris actually attempt to blame Christian moderates for the actions of Islamic extremists.
The priests and acolytes of science seem just as inclined to accept a blatant double standard as do the priests and acolytes of Marxism and its various denominations. This is illustrated nowhere better than the union of environmentalists, the new Marxists, and the field of climate "science" that gives us the global warming scam.
The high irony is that everyone, even atheistic scientists and their groupies, has a sacred cow.