Evolution and Faith: Empathy Is Misplaced

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Science  09 May 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5877, pp. 745b
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5877.745b

I found the News Focus story “Crossing the divide” (J. Couzin, 22 February, p. 1034) to be particularly disturbing and unworthy of publication in Science. Three full pages were dedicated to paleontologist Stephen Godfrey, who (finally) rejected creationism and embraced evolution and “is still recovering from the traumatic journey.” Give me a break! Had Science magazine been around during the 17th century, would we have seen such consolatory text for those “traumatized” by the fact that the Sun does not revolve around the Earth? Or earlier, would we have seen such gentle treatment of those “devastated” by the realization that the Earth is not flat? While Dr. Godfrey's escape from the ignorant shroud of Biblical literalists is praiseworthy, Science magazine is not the place to give even a hint of respectability to those who would deny the fundamental fact of evolution. There is too much at stake, for our children and our society, to give any credence to those promoting unscientific nonsense (creationism or intelligent design) and justifying irrational beliefs under the guise of religion.

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