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For Many Darwinists, It’s Always Winter and Never Christmas

One of the things that has struck me this past week is just how bitter and angry many defenders of Darwin’s theory have become. This should have been a joyous week for Darwinists. After all, a federal judge in Pennsylvania issued a ruling claiming that teaching intelligent design in science classes is unconstitutional. You would have thought this result would have put Darwinists in a festive mood. But instead, many of them seem (if possible) even more sour and surly than before. Consider some of the following extracts from various pieces of hate mail I’ve received from evolutionists this past week.

Someone named “Ken B” wrote:

It’s obvious that you people are just dark ages throwbacks. You try (so desperately) to cloak your GARBAGE in pseudo-scientific jargon and obscurantism…It must suck to be considered a flat-earther in the 21st Century.

You can pack up your bags, pull down the sign and hitch a ride out of town now. Seattle is no place for backasswards hicks.

Then there was the following diatribe from someone who refused to sign his (or her) name:

Intellectually, Judge Jones dwarfs your ilk. Keep trying to validate your significance. Assuming you are literate, which is in great doubt due to your explicit inability to critically think, try reading: The English Dictionary. It defines words like activist, ignorant, bigot, and scientific. Resign, diseducator. The students of [the university where I teach] deserve better than an ignorant, manipulative, power-hungry politico.

Another evolutionist thanks God he never had me for a political science professor (I’m glad I’ve given him something to be thankful for this Christmas season):

You know, it’s bad enough that we have the extreme, religious, “right-wing” in this country trying to shove religion down the throats of students attending public school; it’s bad enough that we have “Trojan” organizations such as yours that mask your real motives and agendas; but now we have principals in your organizations, not only second-guessing court rulings, but also denigrating the judges who render those opinions.

Shame on you and thank God I was not one of Mr. West’s students when I got my degree in Political Science.

One of my e-mailers even lamented that Americans have “allowed” ID proponents to have free speech at all. Apparently such freedom of speech is making Europeans look down their noses at us:

You are all aware, I hope, that most Europeans think less of Americans for the freedom we’ve allowed to Creationists and ID proponents. They find such concepts as proof of a failed educational system mated with a mild form of insanity. They HOPE it is mild, as one of the faithful is CiC of the largest military force in the world right now.

And liberals find ministers like Jerry Falwell frightening? Last time I checked, Falwell never claimed that it was “insanity” for Americans to “allow” free speech for Democrats. Yet here a Darwinist is basically implying that America should abolish free speech for anyone who is skeptical of Darwinism—in order to impress Europeans!

On this Christmas Day, I hope some of these bitter and angry folk find the joy and peace they are so obviously missing. Here’s a suggestion for them: Try watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” or re-reading “A Christmas Carol.”

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.