Thanks to a tip from one of our far-flung network of clandestine operatives — code named “Stonehenge” — we bring you the latest news from the underside of the flat earth. Agent Stonehenge will be amply rewarded from the overflowing coffers of the Darwinite Hegemony (or so our adversaries imagine).
We were alerted to this revealing article which appears in the New Zealand Herald (“New Zealand’s leading metropolitan newspaper”) published in Auckland. The story is headlined Creationists behind ‘offensive’ pamphlet. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Racist pamphlets horrified a top fashion model when she checked her mailbox last week. Danielle Hayes, who won NZ’s Next Top Model in 2010, was shocked to see a pamphlet equating people of colour to chimpanzees.
Miss Hayes might have been shocked, but your Curmudgeon isn’t. In spite of the creationist propaganda attempting to link Darwin’s theory with all the evil in the world, we’ve long been aware of the … ah, dark side of creationism (so to speak). See Creationism and Racism, in which we offended some of you when we said:
Let the truth be known! Racism is the always-present but never-mentioned motive for rejecting evolution and its corollary of common descent. Deep within every creationist is the secret fear that — gasp! — evolution means we’re related to … them! And you know who they are.
Let’s read some more about what’s going on in New Zealand:
It appeared the material had been downloaded from fanatical creationist websites. “Are you a racist? You are if you believe in evolution!” the letter states.
That’s typical. Creationists always say evolution is racist. The great irony is that the creationist pamphlet also says:
“Kids are taught in school that man evolved (changed) from a chimp. So I ask you who changed the most from a black chimp with black hair and brown eyes? A black man with black hair and brown eyes? Or a white man with blond hair and blue eyes?”
No racism there! Let’s read on:
People who received the pamphlet should “rip it up and bin it,” said Vicki Hall, a spokeswoman for Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres. “The commission’s position is that the pamphlet is clearly offensive. However, there is no law that prevents someone from publishing it.”
Despite the embarrassing presence of creationists, New Zealand is a civilized country. One more excerpt:
Racist pamphlets were distributed sporadically across New Zealand. Last August, the Right Wing Resistance group distributed pamphlets labelled “Stop The Asian Invasion” in Marlborough. Similar leaflets were found in Christchurch and Hawke’s Bay. Reports of creationist pamphlet drops were more unusual.
Unusual in New Zealand, perhaps, but we’ve seen that sort of thing before. Creationism claims to be based on noble religious ideals, but its appeal is all too often otherwise.
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