I can’t believe this: first we hear the guy is going to give up his blog and become a monk, and now Andrew Sullivan has become strident and militant against religion—well, some religions. In a Daily Beast post called “Creationists’ abuse of fossils,” Andrew Sullivan says this after discussing creationists’ claims that dinosaur tracks are preserved alongside human footprints near Glen Rose, Texas (the “human footprints” are really more dino tracks):
What do you do when people use religion to perpetrate empirical untruth? In a free country not much. But on this kind of issue, it seems to me that Hitchens was right. These people need to be mocked mercilessly for ignorance and stupidity. This isn’t faith. It’s bullshit. And yet in this advanced country, it’s everywhere – and one political party panders to it.
Get that, people? Let me repeat: Andrew Sullivan said that creationists need to be mocked mercilessly for ignorance and stupidity, and that creationism is bullshit. This is Andrew freaking Sullivan, a devout Catholic. Take that, you accommodationists! And yet this is the same fellow who said that the story of Adam and Eve was so palpably metaphorical that he cursed at me for thinking that anyone could taking Genesis literally (“Has Coyne read the fucking thing?“). I guess he’s finally realized that a lot of people do see it as literal truth. I spent much of last Thursday, for instance, arguing with four Christian creationists from the UK, all of whom believed the entire Noah’s Ark story, including the fact that Noah was 600 years old when he built it.
Or maybe Sullivan was just having a bad day . . .
h/t: Greg Mayer