Earlier, I wrote about Ray Comfort’s plan to distribute 50,000 copies of The Origin of Species that include a 50-page introduction stuffed with Creationist lies about evolution. In that post, I resisted an atheistic call that amounted to a call to book-burning of ideas you do not agree with. But I neglected to make what I take to be a more obvious point: that Creationism is evil.
Alonzo Fyfe makes the case for this better than I can. Specifically, he writes that “what young earth creationists believe contributes to death and maiming.”
Actually, is not the belief itself that is evil, but rather the set of desires that produces a belief in Creationism. For example, the desire to blind oneself to the evidence:
The evidence for evolution and for the Earth being over 4 billion years old is so overwhelming that only a person with a morally irresponsible disposition to ignore evidence would not accept it.
For example, the person must knowingly erect straw-men arguments about such absurd creatures as the crocoduck. Fyfe continues:
…A person cannot contribute to making sound policy on a wide range of matters – some of them being matters of life and death – without an appreciation of the fact of evolution and of an earth that is over 10,000 years old.
Examples include environmental concerns, medical concerns, agriculture, and policies about natural disasters. All of these require an understanding that life has evolved and that the earth is more than 10,000 years old. Unfortunately, we do have Creationists making such decisions.
Alonzo also says that Comfort’s introduction, which blames evolutionary theory and atheism for the Holocaust, is hate speech:
I also do not need to tell any reader with a smidge of intelligence that theories of natural selection are not the intellectual foundation of the holocaust. The holocaust was wholly grounded on the long-standing practice of artificial selection. It does not take much intelligence to grasp the fact that the holocaust was not natural at all – it was clearly man-made.
…Cameron and Comfort feel no particular need to hate farmers, ranchers, and others who have practiced the art of artificial selection for millennia. They want to hate atheists – and they want others to hate atheists as they do. So, they want to believe a lie – that the Holocaust can be blamed on a theory of natural selection instead of a theory of artificial selection. And they are desperate to spread their lies and their hate as far as they are able.
And, in fact, even if Hitler had drawn his ideas from a theory of natural selection, blaming those who developed the theory for the Holocaust would still be as absurd as blaming the true originators of the ideas of the Holocaust – farmers, ranchers, and the like.
Cameron and Comfort are into feeding a persisting form of the same type of hatred [and] their actions should be treated just like… Neo-Nazis handing out hate-mongering propaganda appended to the Old Testament…
These are truly two despicable human beings.
As are any who praise their work.
As are any who will not respond to their efforts the way they would respond to any other hate-group coming onto campus to spread their hatred, bigotry, and lies among the student population.
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