Sunday, April 18, 2010

Why creationism is dangerous

This morning I received an abusive message via Facebook. Facebook allows messages to be sent from anonymous sources, and this source did not identify itself except as male. Its main message was I was offending my creationist students by teaching evolution in an evolution class. The opinions expressed were brutal. The facts it cited were inaccurate. For example, the writer said that evolution was dropped from the core requirements for biology majors because nobody was learning anything from my classes. In fact, the course was dropped from the core before I began teaching it. The message said my colleagues do not respect me, which is not true, according to my colleagues. My student evaluations are mostly positive, with a few negative comments from offended creationists. The message said that my students do not learn anything; test results show that this is not true. The message said nobody accepts my books, which is untrue; they have received good reviews nationwide. The grammar and spelling in this message were bad.

This sort of thing is typical of creationists. They have no hesitation about lying about others; of sending secret abusive messages and threats; about breaking the law. For example, famous creationist Kent Hovind (“Dr. Dino”) went to prison for tax evasion. One of the world’s most famous creationists, who wrote under the name Harun Yahya, went to prison in Turkey for organized crime. In 2007, a creationist send threatening letters to evolutionary science faculty at the University of Colorado, and his messages proclaimed that it was time for Christians to take up arms against those he believed to be his enemies. My experience with creationist students is that they are often the ones who plagiarize papers.

Creationists are fueled by hatred. And since they are associated with the extreme political right wing, many of whom accumulate stockpiles of weapons, their hatred is dangerous. The fact that this message came from an anonymous source was clearly intended to heighten its terrorist effect. The writer used the name “Charles Darwen,” and a photograph of the nineteenth century drawing of Charles Darwin as a chimpanzee.

It should be obvious why “the creationist viewpoint” does not deserve a serious consideration, any more than does the white supremacist viewpoint, which appeals to some of the same people. The creationist viewpoint is a grab for political power by means of intimidation.

1 comment:

  1. Your line of thinking is:

    "If someone holds to a position and is bad, their position is bad."

    If we use this same line of thinking, we can say evolution is just as bad.

    "Let it not be said that Christianity brought man the life of the soul, for that evolution was in the natural order of things." (p 6 & 7 of the Bormann-Vermerke) Adolf Hitler

    With all due respect, your line of reasoning is completely unfair.