What a dispiriting week! While fighting off a nasty cold, I’m having to deal with literally dozens of emails and comments from creationists and gun nuts.
Here’s a sample of one of the responses (not published) to my post “Imagine no guns”: “You people are more dangerous to society than any lunatic with a gun.” There were many more along these lines, as well as from those who argued that since the Santa Barbara killer used a knife and a gun, why not ban knives? But of course knives have peaceable uses, and guns don’t. Sometimes I wonder if there’s a negative correlation between gun ownership and IQ.
At any rate, a very strange comment arrived this morning from one “Don J. Grundmann”, who wrote in response to my post Right-wing politician gives an expensive dino skeleton (proving Noah’s Flood) to the Creation Museum. The poliitician donating the skeleton was Michael Peroutka, a Confederacy booster and secessionist (aka racist). Apparently, Grundmann is his pal and wanted to defend him, while dissing evolution at the same time:
I am thankful that I know Michael Peroutka; a man of immense integrity and honor who is unflinching in challenging any and all evils which are afflicting this nation and humanity as a whole. I am even more thankful that I read the book ” Science vs Evolution,” found at evolution-facts.org, which totally exposes and shatters the Religion of Evolution. To live in a nation where freedom of speech and religion is allowed is an additional wonderful gift to be thankful for although I do wish that the ” science ” of evolution would be more fully discussed as the religion which it truly is. In this regard I pose a basic question in response to those who will attack my above comments – How ( other than your standard time + dirt + water argument ) did a SINGLE cell ( much less its ability to replicate ); inclusive of nucleus, DNA, nuclear membrane, and outer membrane; develop by RANDOM CHANCE? How do you overturn mathematics which conclusively shows that the mathematical possibility of evolution is ZERO? Answer ( which I already know ) – you ( as the ” scientist ” which you are ) will, as with any other challenge ) simply ignore such inconvienient facts.
I looked up Grundmann, who appears to be a wacko along the lines of Peroutka himself; Grundmann is an anti-gay activist, someone opposed to the government’s imposition of taxes, and a proposed candidate for President in 1968 by the American Independent Party—a descendant of the party that ran George Wallace for President in 1968. He’s also a Christian chiropractor from California (don’t all these things go together?) who ran on the American Independent ticket for a House seat in 2002.
And, lo and behold, you can see him on YouTube! Here is Grundmann dressed as Satan, showing the evil of public schools:
Would you let Satan adjust your spine?
And here’s Mr. Grundmann protesting gay marriage, which he considers a “mass mental molestation of our children”:
I won’t bother to reply to Grundmann’s standard creationist objections to evolution (“you don’t understand how life started so God did it”) except to say that his total ignorance is belied by the single statement that evolution is equivalent to change by RANDOM CHANCE.
Jebus—so much craziness in one organism!
Feel free to reply. He’s had his say.