Thursday, July 12, 2007


Creato-terrorism? The Duty of All True Christians

Discovery's Robert Crowther has looked into his crystal ball and decided it's unlikely the threatening e-mails and letters placed under doors in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at the University of Colorado in Boulder were put there by creationists.

He doesn't have any evidence, mind you, but when has that ever stopped him before?

Under the hugely ironic title "Thou shalt not lie... " Crowther writes, "(i)n all the years of the ongoing evolution debates, nothing like this has ever happened that I've heard of, at least not from creationists."

Strangely, Crowther fails to mention that Dover judge John Jones and his family had to be put under the protection of U.S. Marshals after creationists threatened following his ruling there.

Crowther also neglects to mention Pat Robertson's not so veiled threat that "Dover was damned" after they voted creationists off the school board there:

I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected him from your city…And don’t wonder why he hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for his help because he might not be there.
Crowther suspects "that if these guys are ever caught, they won't turn out be creationists, or even very religious people."

Did I read that right? I thought this was all about science. It seems as if Crowther and Discovery are speaking here not for science but for creationists and "very religious people."

Update: Matt Young has a long post at Panda's Thumb that includes many of the threatening e-mails. Seems the harrassment has been going on for over a year and recently stepped over the line into threats. From the e-mail:

“Pastor Jerry Gibson spoke at Doug Whites New Day Covenant Church in Boulder.

He said that every true Christian should be ready and willing to take up arms to kill the enemies of Christian society.

But I believe it is far more effective to take up a pen to kill the enemies of Truth.

Oh yeah, guess what? Crowther's wrong again.


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