Dr. Loretta Graziano Breuning, author of the Atheist Butter piece I highlighted earlier today, has developed Maru’s Syndrome, and is showing up in the comments on her piece. But, as always in such cases, she’s not helping herself. Take this comment, pointed out by reader Draken:
Ecumenical? Really? How balanced, how even-minded, how fair of her!
Presumably, as Draken noted, she’s unaware that creationism is a problem. 42% of Americans accept straight Biblical creationism for the origin of humans, another 31% favor theistic evolution, in which God intervenes, and only 19% accept evolution as purely a naturalistic process. That, folks, makes 73% of Americans accepting some form of creationism or Goddy intervention in evolution. And those people, Dr. Breuning, try to force their views into the public-school science classroom. It happened in Dover, it happened at Ball State University, and it’s happening all over the country as religionists try to pass “critical treatment” laws, or teach creationism in voucher schools supported with public money.
Breuning may see herself as above the fray, but somebody has to be in the trenches, whether it be Zack Kopplin, the National Center for Science Education, or the Freedom from Religion foundation. Yes, Dr. Breuning, you can keep your hands clean while the rest of us try to keep kids from being lied to in science class. You can use your smarts to bash atheists—a far more important task.
Exaggerate the threat? Look at the data, look at what state legislatures are doing, look at what Republicans say about evolution.
The woman is clueless, and not just about atheism.