Florida’s Gainesville Sun has found a local angle to the bizarre mission of Kirk Cameron, about whom we’ve written a few times before. For example, see: Kirk Cameron and the Crocoduck. Our first post about him was Kirk Cameron: World’s Dumbest Human?
Here’s some background, which you can skip if you’ve been following this story:
Kirk Cameron, the former child star who grew up to be a creationist, has embarked on a campaign with Ray Comfort to give away 100,000 copies of a “special edition” of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species on 100 university campuses. It’s a special edition because it includes a 50-page introduction by Comfort that — allegedly — disproves evolution.
Okay, now you’re ready to read some excerpts from Alachua publisher enlists Kirk Cameron to promote criticism of Darwin, which appears in the Gainesville Sun. The bold font was added by us:
[We’d like to give you some excerpts from the news story, but that paper is being acquired by Stephens Media, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their content without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.]
Aha! Alachua County, Florida is where you’ll find the city of Gainesville. Ray Comfort’s publisher is in the same county as the Gainesville Sun. There’s the local angle which all newspapers seek. That county is also where the University of Florida is located, and that’s part of the story too. Let’s read on:
Although Alachua County is in the middle of Northern Florida, the presence of that publisher is sufficient reason to include Alachua in that blessed region we’ve been calling The Florida Ark, home to a great number of creationists. It’s that concave stretch of coast — an arc, get it? — starting at the Alabama border and then sweeping down the shore of the Gulf of Mexico all the way to Tampa, and perhaps a bit beyond. And now it also includes a few interior counties like Alachua.
As we continue with the article, the Gainesville Sun gets some commentary from people at the University of Florida:
Not bad, and he’s working on a doctorate in religion. Here’s more:
She probably meant that “The Genesis Flood” started the modern creationist movement. Here’s the next (and last) paragraph, with one more quote from Professor Smocovitis — from which we took our title:
“It’s a free country,” she said. “He [Cameron] can do what he wants, and I am free to say he is out of his mind.”
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