I've just been reading articles on Ben Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on Scientific American's website. Unfuckingbelievable.
I've tried pretty hard in this life to be a nice person. Of course, I've failed miserably in many respects, but the point is, over the years, I've become steadily more resigned to the fact that many people won't have the privelege of exposure to the sciences. And even if they do, there's no guarantee they'll have the mental capacity to absorb the lessons of science. And so it is that these people, either underpriveleged or stupid, fall back upon childish superstitions to keep them going and make sense of our wonderfully complex universe.
And I'm mostly fine with that! Let these people carry on with their deluded little lives and pray to whatever invisible men they want! If nothing else, these shallow minds keep the economy going with their petty, meaningless needs and wants and so create an environment for the sane people on this Earth to pursue higher things, like greater understanding of the universe, harmony between the peoples of Earth and new heights in arts and culture. I really want to believe that we could go with "live and let live". They do their thing, we do ours.
Then some hatemongering, semi-literate idiot with a head full of scripture comes along and throws a spanner in the works. The fact that gene-trash like Ben Stein walk this Earth is proof positive that humans were descended from more primitive ancestors. More and more I find myself compelled to believe that Dawkins was right - the time for tolerance is done.
Equating evolution with the Holocaust? How unspeakably tasteless and ignorant is that, coming from a Jew? Right, this guy just isn't worth the aggravation. May he find what he's looking for...