I just got a nice letter from the Science Research Foundation of Turkey, an organization founded by Adnan Oktar and with a name so duplicitous that our American Republicans are writhing with envy. Here’s their request and my answer.
Dear Dr. Paul Zachary Myers,
I am more or less aware of your writings and ideology. Anyhow I would like
to suggest you an email debate with Mr. Adnan Oktar. If you are interested
to participate in such a debate or just ask questions that you wish answers
for, I might be able to arrange such a correspondence.
We are full defenders of freedom of speech, democracy and secularism. We
believe that even an atheist, a communist etc. should be able to promote his
ideas and should be treated as 1st class citizens in our country. So this
might show how we are open to discussion and civilized dialogue with mutual
respect even if we do not agree with someone’s beliefs or ideas.
Please let me know your comments and feel free to ask any of your questions
Ms. Seda Aral (Science Research Foundation)
Oktar is a crook, a fraud, a liar, and a man completely ignorant of the most basic concepts of science. There is no more point to my engaging him than already have, so why should I grant him the privilege of treating him as an equal? He hasn’t earned it.