Stuff like this shows up every day in my inbox, and I usually don’t let it through, but I suppose it’s salutary from time to time to let readers see it. This post came with the reader’s name:
Hassan Badr : ) commented on Talk in North Carolina next week
I stand before you here today to discuss how evolution is not true. evolution is based on development and people say that we all came from one living thing. Ask yourself, what is this one living thing? No one will be able to answer this question because its not true and everyone who supports evolution is just saying that because they think humans were apes or something like that. We all have to use our common sense and understand how evolution did never happen. Maybe things got smaller by time, but they never got an exact answer till this very moment in the 21 century.
Hassan Badr (American International School of Egypt)
Dear Mr. Badr,
By any chance are your foolish criticisms of evolution based on religion? If so, then your views are based not on science but on faith People like you often say that we all came from one celestial God. Ask yourself, what is this one God? Is it Allah, Brahma, the Abrahamic God whose son was Jesus, Zeus, or something else? No one will be able to answer this question because it’s not true and everyone who supports creationism via a god is just saying that because they were taught to by their parents, by some book or mullah, or because they simply find false ideas comforting. We all have to use our common sense, and when we do so we see that evolution is simply true, supported by thousands of facts from all areas of biology and geology. (Have you read my book by any chance, Mr. Badr?) The Qur’an is supported by nothing but wishful thinking.
One thing is certainly true: your own God, if that’s what you so believe, is getting smaller over time, and will soon disappear, for there is far more evidence for evolution than for a god.
Jerry Coyne (University of Chicago)
p.s If your opposition to evolution is based not on religion but on ignorance, then you need to read my book all the more.
If you want to respond to Mr. Badr, who after all is at a university, do so below and I’ll call his attention to the responses. Be nice.
I’ve assume that Mr. Badr is Muslim, though I’m perfectly aware that other religions are present in Egypt. But it’s a pretty good guess that his opposition to evolution springs from faith.
For those readers who are sympathetic to Islam, and find it no more invidious than other religion, my studies on resistance to evolution show that it is far more pervasive in Islamic than in Western countries, for many Muslims tend to accept the Qur’an literally. And even those evolution-friendly Muslims, including high-school science teachers in Canada and Pakistan, exempt humans from the working of evolution. That’s because the Qur’an says our species were created.