Well, I assumed that this bloke was a Christian from the tone of his email, and verified it later (see below) with a few clicks of the mouse.
A person named—ironically—Jeff Templeton attended my speech at Appalachian State University on Thursday and tried to leave this comment on the ASU thread. Instead of putting it up as a comment, though, I thought it deserved to be seen above the fold, allowing Mr. Templeton the attention he so richly desires and deserves.
Jeff Templeton of Boone, North Carolina is one of the owners of Templeton Tours, Inc. an outfit that runs “Christian cruises.”
Here’s what he sent. Feel free to respond if you wish, but be polite (or try to!) No comments that he looks like an ape!
I attended your lecture last night at ASU and found your comments during the question and answer section to resemble those of a Radical Fundamental Evangelical Atheist. You went well beyond the world of empirical science and ventured into the realm of hyperbole and rhetoric. Substitute the word “religious” in your comments with “homosexual” and it would qualify as hate speech. You have no more evidence to support your claims that the “world would be better off without religion” than a believer does that a single deity created the universe. Wait a minute, the believer at least has the Bible as a reference text. Stick to science, and leave the social-engineering evolutionist conjecture to the Hitlers and Stalins of the world.
It’s a great pity that Mr. Templeton didn’t see fit to cite any examples of the kind of stuff that he sees as hyperbole or unevidenced, but the data on the connection between religiosity and antievolutionism was amply evidenced, as were the data showing a connection between social dysfunctionality and religiosity.
The Bible, in contrast, is pure fiction, not a “reference text.” As for Hitler and Stalin, well, I don’t think that merits an answer, unless Templeton sees my desire to make a more egalitarian and more just world reminiscent of those dictators.
Pity that Mr. Templeton didn’t have the guts to stand up and air his differences with me in the Q&A session. But I did appreciate the tone of Christian love in his message.
Oh, and here’s a specimen of a Templeton Tour. Sounds like a grand time!