Friday, July 13, 2007


Implausible Denial

Yesterday, RSR commented on Robert Crowther's ludicrous denial that creationists or "very religious people" could have anything to do with the e-mail threats to faculty members in the ecology and evolutionary biology departments at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

"In all the years of the ongoing evolution debates, nothing like this has ever happened that I've heard of," says Crowther, "at least not from creationists."

Naturally, Crowther's evidence free denial was proven wrong almost as soon as it was posted on Discovery's Evolution News and Views blog.

In comments and e-mails readers have listed the names of quite a number of right-wing religious fanatics who've carried out violent acts ranging from bombings to murder, none of which Crowther cares to remember.

One reader sent a link to this July 7 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram:
Three Burleson [Texas] men who belong to a "radical Christian activist group" were in the Johnson County Jail on Friday night after a church deacon caught two of them attempting to ignite an explosive device on Independence Day at a church under construction in north Burleson ...

They admit to being Christian and being brought up Christian, but they believe there should be one denomination and one church, not multiple denominations," said Cmdr. Chris Havens, a Police Department spokesman.

The suspects said the group has three levels of involvement: Bible study, consensual fighting and destructive acts.
WorldNetDaily, the news source for the lunatic religious right, is currently hawking a book called Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense, which asks the question, "Should Christians be armed?"

One particularly chilling threat included in the e-mails sent to CU faculty says:

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.

The fact is, Christian right fanatics like Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph have already demonstrated a willingness to put their violent fantasies into action.

Those are facts whether Crowther can remember them or not.


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