We have a follow-up to what we wrote a couple of weeks ago — see Creationism in Shrewsbury, Darwin’s Birthplace. As you may recall, Shrewsbury was going to celebrate with a two-week Darwin Festival, and anti-Darwin campaigners were promising to take to the streets to protest.
As with our earlier post, today’s news comes from the fifth biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Britain, the Shropshire Star of Ketley, in Shropshire. Their new headline is Anti Charles Darwin protesters descend on Shrewsbury, and they have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Shrewsbury’s most famous son is being celebrated in the town this week. But not everyone agrees with Charles Darwins’ theory of evolution. Creationists, Neil Horan and Linda Jones travelled to Shropshire on Saturday to protest against Darwin and evolution as ‘a sin against the bible’.
Gasp — a sin against the bible! Neil Horan, according to Wikipedia, is a defrocked Roman Catholic priest with an amazingly bizarre career. We can’t find any information on Linda Jones. The news story says:
They began their protest by the Quantum Leap statue alongside the River Severn before moving onto Bellstone and finishing up at Darwin’s statue outside the Library in Castle Gates. “We were able to hand out leaflets and talk to people,” Linda said.
Fair enough. The Salopians let them conduct their protest. Then the Shropshire Star tells us:
Dressed in a smock of green white and gold the former Roman Catholic priest, Mr Horan, said “Darwin was as ‘cracked’ as his image on the poster we are carrying. His views are a sin against the bible. The theory of evolution is totally potty and nonsensical.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The news continues:
The protestors received quizzical looks as they made their way through a busy town centre, handing out leaflets. But few people stopped to engage in conversation with them. Police officers kept a view from the sidelines during the protest at the Quantum Leap statue.
Sounds peaceful enough, but the defrocked priest wasn’t happy. Let’s read on:
Mr Horan said: “It was very disappointing that the gates to the garden were locked and that we couldn’t get up to the statue itself.”
Oh how unfair! If only he could have reached Darwin’s statue. This is the last of the article:
The protestor [Horan] has been arrested several times for his actions at major events including the British Grand Prix, the Derby and the Olympic Games in Athens. He was removed from the priesthood in 2005.
Horan seems disappointed that he didn’t get arrested in Shrewsbury. Ah well, there’s always next year.
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