As I said, as our readership grows the wingnuts, creationists, extreme religionists and other bizarros are coming out of the woodwork in increasing numbers. This is only a small sample of the comments that didn’t make it through this week.
This first one, for example, might be a troll, but somehow I don’t think so. Reader “useless eater” comments on my post, “William Lane Craig defends his ridiculous view that animals don’t suffer”
Far be it from to advocate for inflicting pain on any species. But i’m wondering if maybe i should have doubts that the Jews in concentration camps felt pain in the same way the rest of experience it.
I suppose I’m more willing to accept the existence of anti-Semitism than are some readers, but you might have heard of a new poll by the Anti-Defamation League, surveying 53,100 adults in 102 countries, showing that:
“More than one-in-four adults, 26 percent of those surveyed, are deeply infected with anti-Semitic attitudes. This figure represents an estimated 1.09 billion people around the world
The overall ADL Global 100 Index score represents the percentage of respondents who answered “probably true” to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews. An 11-question index has been used by ADL as a key metric in measuring anti-Semitic attitudes in the United States for the last 50 years.
Further, only 54% of people surveyed had heard of the Holocaust (that amazes me), and, worse, about 2/3 of the people polled “have either never heard of the Holocaust, or do not believe historical accounts to be accurate.” Since 46% of people hadn’t heard of the Holocaust, that means that about 20% had, but thought it was fabricated. You can see the survey data graphically at this site, and remember, this isn’t like “Islamophobia”—the dislike of religious tenets—but rather the dislike of Jews themselves. The questions weren’t about religious beliefs.
Ah, we’ve heard again from Texas dentist Don McLeroy, former head and later member of the Texas school board, who, as a creationist, tried his hardest to keep evolution away from the children he was charged with educating. Here he comments on my post “
Dr. Coyne: I agree with you about rejecting theistic evolution; it is simply self-contradicting. This is one main reason you are worth reading and your blog is worth following. Genie Scott and Kenneth Miller–by contrast–are not as compelling.
A a creationist, I reject evolution because it fails the test as presented in the opening episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
Here, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan present an incredibly clear and powerful description of the scientific process. They claim that if you “accept these terms, the Cosmos is yours.”
These terms, Tyson explains, are just a “simple set of rules.
Test ideas by experiment and observation.
Build on those ideas that pass the test.
Reject the ones that fail.
Follow the evidence wherever it leads, and
Evolution simply fails the test; there is not even close to enough evidence to explain the amazing phenomenon we find in life.
This is a distillation of an unintentionally humorous post from his own website, “To my listening ear,” in which he simply dismisses all the evidence for evolution. One thing is for damn sure: whatever McLeroy’s ears do, they don’t listen. What puzzles me is the statement that he thinks my “blog” is worth following and the advocates of theistic evolution are not. If I’m so compelling, how come he rejects everything I say?
Here’s a fervent plea from Muslim reader “Bushra”, intended as a comment on my post “British citizen sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy“:
I wish if u ppl may ever get a chance to read Quran. We Muslims are not terrorists nor pakistanis… Its just all happening because of the wrong doers and the real terrorists who have come from idk where in Pakistan and are rising turbulence (in a sense of violence)its not about the law and order, its about the wrong people and perceptions i agree with all these cases but the reasons are shown in a wrong way..
I request u all to read Quran and all ur wrong concepts will be cleared …. once only… just like a book…! please
Well, I’ve read the Qur’an, and it merely reinforced my view that Muslim scripture encourages hateful behavior. And of course not all Islamic terrorists are Pakistanis (has he heard of Nigeria?). This looks like Reza Aslan written in broken English.
Reader James Schlup comments on my old post “Birds may be paedomorphic dinosaurs“:
No, the serpent (a bird at the time) was in the tree in the garden being used as a medium for Satan to talk to Eve. For that, God rebuked the serpent at said from now on it would be on the ground eating dust. Then the serpent, no longer able to fly, crawled out of the tree and those serpents, so cursed, but still laying eggs, became the species that descended from birds and became reptiles. Satan tried, through amalgamations of species to get them to fly again. Thus some fossil remains of “dinosaurs” that resemble birds in skeletal structure, but of course could not fly because God said they would not. James Schlup
Well that shows that biology got it all backwards!
Finally, two comments on my post “Tear down this wall, Mr. Justice Roberts”: Supreme Court allows prayer in town meetings“.
From reader Jerry L. Gentry, a blight on the honorable name “Jerry”:
Maybe the pilgrims should have waited for the athiests [sic] and other divisive groups to land and prevent cutting trees or plowing land or eating game. Then true progress could be reduced to a crawl and today we could thank them for their contributions.
Yep, we’re all tree-huggers and vegetarians. It’s eating MEAT and cutting TREES, after all, that has made our country great.
Finally, from reader Jim, ignorant of the Constitution but ebullient in his capslock:
THIS IS A GREAT DAY!
It takes all kinds to make a world. But why does it have to be my small world?