Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Boneheaded Facebook anti-creation-science petition

by Rob - December 18th, 2009.
Filed under: Atheism.

I’ve written before about how the skeptical movement has all the PR savvy of the New Coke team (and how they end up making people who otherwise might be sympathetic to their position simply find them unpleasant and unlikable).

Here’s another such boneheaded move: a new Facebook group entitled, Can we find 10.000.000 people that oppose “Creation Science” by 25 Dec?

Nothing wrong with a petition of people who oppose so-called creation science, of course, but why, oh, why, make the deadline for the petition Christmas day? There are hundreds of millions of Christians who don’t subscribe to creation science, so why pin this protest to one of their most important holidays?

A positive approach might have been: Let’s start the new year — and the new decade — on a rational note with 10,000,000 people standing up and saying “No” to Creation Science.

But no. Despite the Facebook group claiming, “This is not an issue of whether or not you believe in God, it’s an issue of addressing the future of education in the U.S. and the rest of the world,” they tie it into a religious holiday (and one that has nothing to do with Genesis, for that matter).

Once again, the self-styled Brights aren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree …

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