George Kauffman’s eloquent celebration of Charles Darwin and evolution (letter Feb. 5) drew predictable responses from a young earth creationist, Brian DeMars, and an intelligent design proponent, Rodney Nidever (letters Feb. 8).
Space doesn’t permit a deconstruction of their objections, but suffice to say that not a single challenge from creationists or the ID crowd has ever withstood scientific scrutiny. And so they must resort to restating their challenges again and again in articles, books and appearances on Fox News, fully aware that many Americans lack the science literacy to see through their obfuscation of real science.
Why do I bother to respond to science deniers? I do so because I love my country. I know that a citizenry apathetic — or worse, hostile — to scientific method, critical thinking and free inquiry poses a far greater threat to America’s long term viability than any terrorist group.
Evolution isn’t about religions or gods. It simply explains how life changes over time. People of different faiths around the world accept this and embrace the benefits of modern science. But the fundamentalist religions of the world demand radical anti-science and anti-reality adherence to dogma.