Andrew Brown writes in the Guardian about whether the important moves in America to secure the basic education on evolution in all schools is hampered or not by associating with scientists who are Christians. Might the movement be aided by allying it to a harder line atheism that speeds up success by opening a gulf between the creation scientists and the evolution advocates; one where the scientists are bound to come out looking more sensible.
Well as Brown shows us, this very topic was discussed over at the website of the Richard Dawkins Foundation and the Professor himself entered the fray. He writes:
I think we should probably abandon the irremediably religious precisely because that is what they are – irremediable. I am more interested in the fence-sitters who haven’t really considered the question very long or very carefully. And I think that they are likely to be swayed by a display of naked contempt. Nobody likes to be laughed at. Nobody wants to be the butt of contempt.
So in our quest to get good honest science taught to children in a first world democracy, our tactics should be to advance our belief system by means of bullying and social pressure? This is an astonishing admission that ought to be burnt into our minds. The worst of Irish Christianity used to advance its ideas by means of social hegemony. You were not just a flawed thinker but a damnable idiot, irremediable, if you will, were you to question Roman Catholic dogma or in the North, accepted Protestant wisdom. The end result of such an obnoxious advocacy is a poisonous community that ends up far more concerned with supporting its power structures than it is with the pursuit of truth.
Don’t trust anyone who tells you they have transcended the need to believe on faith. Theirs is simply the most hopeless of hopeful positions.
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