Our question for you, dear reader, is this: What can you do to oppose creationism?
The answer depends, of course, on the type of creationist one is dealing with. We’re not talking about the trivial differences between young-earthers, old-earthers, and the flat-out fraud of intelligent design. Their doctrinal distinctions are unimportant. They’re all creationists — reality deniers — and the fine points that divide them are a distraction. We classify creationists into entirely different groups.
First, there’s the basic, wandering-around creationist, whose most notable characteristic is ignorance — often accompanied by stupidity, and in extreme cases, insanity. There isn’t much to be done about such people if they’re past school-age. We suggest that they can be ignored. They’re really no different from UFO believers or moon-landing deniers. Such people will always be around, and their existence can be disregarded. What if you put in some effort and tripped one of them up on some point? Nothing’s been accomplished. Even if he ceased to be a creationist, he’ll just wander off into astrology, or maybe voodoo. Those people are a waste of time.
That leaves us with their leaders. In most cases, as you know, the prominent creationists are nothing more than ruthless charlatans, preying on their flocks with their phony ministries, absurd creation science books, and goofy theme parks. For such as these, our weapon of choice is ridicule. Their teachings are laughable, and laughter is the recommended response. It’s useless to debate them, because they’ve heard it all before and they’re skilled at sticking to their talking points. If you feel you must do something (and we don’t think you should bother), go ahead and debunk their claims for the benefit of those who may not know better, and then laugh. Laughter is surprisingly effective. But avoid crude insults, because insults reflect poorly on the credibility of the insulter.
Now we come to the third group — this is the special category of creationist leadership that has a far more sinister motive than merely fleecing their moronic followers. We’re speaking here of the theocrats — those who want to literally rule by forcibly imposing their insanity on everyone. We’ve seen how that works out in other parts of the world, and it wouldn’t be any better here. It’s not the details of the sect that matter, it’s the tyranny itself. Theocrats are dangerous people, and they must be opposed by all legitimate means. Don’t think of them as mere creationists. Creationism is only a tool they use. They don’t care about Noah’s Ark any more than you do. They’re maniacs, and they want power.
Opposing theocrats requires more than merely rebutting their arguments — that’s already been done, but repetition is always necessary. Unfortunately, rebuttal is never sufficient. It’s essential to vigorously oppose them in the political arena — where they function — just as we oppose fascists and Marxists. Theocrats’ disguise as harmless merchants of creationism should never be allowed to shield them from criticism and opposition.
So that’s our three-pronged advice for dealing with creationists: Ignore the idiots, ridicule the flimflam peddlers, and save your energy for the theocrats. They’re the real adversary — the enemies of liberty.
You may see things differently. That’s okay. But it’s good to think about these things as we approach the Fourth of July.
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