The June/July issue of Creation Matters, the house organ of the Creation Research Society, has an article about…ME. Guess what?
They don’t like me. Not one bit.
I’m so crushed that I’m going to post the entire article below the fold, and I think I may have to have a party tonight. It’s always such an honor to be hated by people who believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old, was conjured into existence in six days, and that not believing their god appeared on Earth, like Zeus before Leda, means your non-existent soul will burn in hell forever.
Nature Gives Top Blog Honors to
P . Z. Myers (U of Minnesota) has been one of
the most foul-mouthed critics of creation, intelligent design and religion in general. He has said that Abraham was worse than Hitler (Myers, 2005c). He has ridiculed the crucifixion of Christ (Myers, 2005d). His opinion on how to treat anti-evolutionists (Myers, 2005b):
I say, screw the polite words and careful rhetoric. It’s
time for scientists to break out the steel-toed boots and
brass knuckles, and get out there and hammer on the
lunatics and idiots.
Yet this man’s blog,Pharyngula, was given top honors by Nature
in its list of the the five top science blogs on the Internet (Anonymous,
2006). Second with the silver medal was Panda’s Thumb, another
strongly anti-ID blog to which Myers also contributes. Once, he
responded on Panda’s Thumb about the stridency of his remarks (Myers, 2005a):
Please don’t try to tell me that you object to the tone of our
complaints. Our only problem is that we aren’t martial
enough, or vigorous enough, or loud enough, or angry
enough. The only appropriate responses should involve some
form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public
firing and humiliation of some teachers, many schoolboard
[sic] members, and vast numbers of sleazy far-right politicians.
Now you know where Nature’s heart is. It has not changed much
since it originated as Darwin’s mouthpiece in 1867, except that before
evolution gained absolute power, they had to talk nicer and pretend
to be interested in truth. This does not disparage the many working
scientists, who submit their papers faithfully for publication to as wide
an audience as possible, when they have done good lab work in their
specialty; but it shows you the mindset of the editorial board. If they
endorse Myers’ kind of attitude as the way to carry on scientific
discussions of controversial issues, do they have a case?
Anonymous. 2006. Top five science blogs. firstname.lastname@example.org, posted 5 July.
Myers, P.Z. 2005a. Comment #35130. Panda’s Thumb, posted 14 June.
Myers, P.Z. 2005b. Perspective. Pharyngula, posted 4 August.
Myers, P.Z. 2005c. So let’s make sure it doesn’t get that bad here. Pharyngula,
posted 10 December.
Myers, P.Z. 2005d. Benny was kind of passionate, I guess. Pharyngula, posted