We’ve previously discussed how to politely disengage from an encounter with a creationist — see Creative Challenge #37: How To Say ‘Get Lost’. The set-up there was a social occasion where you’re introduced to a creationist.
Today we’re going to make it more difficult. This time you are confronted by a creationist and you must respond. Such a ghastly situation would probably occur if you had just finished speaking to a group, and now it’s question time. A sincere (but obviously confused) creationist in the audience politely asks a question involving a well-known creationist clunker, and the situation requires some kind of response.
Whatcha gonna do? If you give him a serious, factual rebuttal of his nonsense, you’re inviting him to start debating, and that’s the last thing you want. But you can’t just ask the security guards to toss him out. You gotta respond. But how?
Your Curmudgeon has his own method of responding, but we’re not going to disclose it — not yet, anyway. The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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