Sunday, April 04, 2004

The Parrots at WorldNet Meanwhile, the arch-conservative website WorldNet Daily has piled on with their own brief article on this subject. Here's the link, but you will find nothing here that wasn't already in the NRO article. One quotation bears looking at:

One part of the website explicitly uses religion to promote evolution. In that section, teachers are told that nearly all religious people, theologians and scientists who hold religious beliefs endorse modern evolutionary theory, and that such a view "actually enriches their faith." Teachers also are directed to a page on the NCSE's own website containing statements by religious groups endorsing evolution.

Of course, this is almost word for word from the NRO article, but the charge does not magically become true merely by being repeated over and over again. If you follow the link WorldNet provides, you find this:

The misconception that one has to choose between science and religion is divisive. Most Christian and Jewish religious groups have no conflict with the theory of evolution or other scientific findings. In fact, many religious people, including theologians, feel that a deeper understanding of nature actually enriches their faith. Moreover, in the scientific community there are thousands of scientists who are devoutly religious and also accept evolution.

You will search in vain for any reference to what ``nearly all religious people, theologians and scientists who hold religious beliefs'' actually believe. Also notice that what ``actually enriches their faith'' is not evolution per se, but rather it is a ``deeper understanding of nature'' that does that.

In the past week we have had World magazine publish a series of error-filled ``future histories'' about a time when ID has replaced evolution, and now we have NRO and WorldNet Daily printing absurd and false charges about the NCSE abusing tax money to promote religion.

Why isn't it obvious to everyone that the media outlets of the Religious Right are staffed mainly by creepy, lying hacks?


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