I do all of my best thinking in the car or in the bathroom. This week, I was tooling around in the l’il Honda CR-V, listening to NPR and ruminating. I’m trying hard not to closely follow the Republican race to the primary, but with the Iowa Straw Poll just passed and Texas Governor Rick Perry overshadowing Michele Bachmann, I can’t help but compare people of his ilk to the accusers at the Salem Witch Trials.
What is up with people insisting that evolution is “a theory that’s out there”? I mean, really. Perhaps there are aspects of evolution that can be quibbled over, but homo sapiens sapiens didn’t just drop down out of the sky because of divine intervention. Yet creationists insist, are nearly rabid in their beliefs, that evolution is just a theory that should not be given more credence than intelligent design. Witches were accused and tried because of family rivalries, bad reputations, or being of a different ethnicity. They were accused of afflicting others with witchcraft or making an unlawful covenant with the Devil.
How these charges were proven, I don’t understand, based upon my bias toward modern-day methods. There was no scientific or careful examination of the facts. Torture was used as a matter of course to extract confessions from the accused.
What I’m saying about creationists like Rick Perry is that they don’t base their beliefs on facts. They succumb to the mass hysteria of bible-thumpers. What is so wrong with believing in evolution? Why do humans think that they as a species are somehow more important than any other living thing, that there is a god that makes them in his image? Wouldn’t there be a dog-god, a capybara-god, or a redwood-god, a dung-beetle-god, and so on?