Renie's Rant

From: Jay Willingham (
Date: Wed Jul 17 2002 - 01:53:12 EDT

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    The June 18, 2002, Scientific American article by editor in chief John =
    Rennie started out in a confrontational, condescending manner worthy of =
    the op/ed pages: "15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense-Opponents of =
    evolution want to make a place for creationism by tearing down real =
    science, but their arguments don't hold up"

    His opening goes on in a pretty supercilious tone when he says,=20

    "Embarrassingly, in the 21st century, in the most scientifically =
    advanced nation the world has ever known, creationists can still =
    persuade politicians, judges and ordinary citizens that evolution is a =
    flawed, poorly supported fantasy."

    So "politicians, judges and ordinary citizens" are still rubes devoid of =
    understanding of the true mysteries they can find only with the guidance =
    of scientists? =20

    No wonder some have called psychiatrists the "new clergy". =20

    Also calls to mind the technocrats who rule a Marxist landscape.=20

    No wonder it has set off a firestorm of commentary. This is good.

    SA and National Geographic's reported copyright infringement threats =
    against creationist published replies simply fuels the fires. Sells =

    Some of the counter-arguments of folks like Bill Hoesch at = are pretty good, at least as =
    good as some of Rennie's.

    Let the debate rage on!


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