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Handing Coulter debating points

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/08/someone_has_taken_the_coulter.php?utm_source=mostactive&utm_medium=link

It is disastrous for naive Darwinists (and liberals) to hand Coulter an easy debate over Darwinian evolution. And it is equally disastrous to suggest that Darwinism is a liberal idea, when in fact it is a conservative social darwinist mess, one that conservative ID-ists are thrilled to land on the heads of confused liberals.

Someone has taken the Coulter Challenge!
Category: Creationism • Evolution
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:21 PM, by PZ Myers

It only took five years. Remember, my Coulter Challenge was for someone to take any of Coulter’s paragraphs about evolution from her book Godless, and cogently defend its accuracy. It’s been surprising how few takers there have been: lots of wingnuts have praised the book and said it is wonderful, but no one has been willing to get specific and actually support any of its direct claims. Until now.

It takes that special combination of arrogance and ignorance to think anything Coulter said is defensible, so I suppose it’s not a huge surprise that our brave foolhardy contestant is Michael Egnor.

After professing his deep and entirely uncritical love of Ann Coulter and everything she has ever said, Egnor chooses the very first paragraph of the first chapter on evolution. He might as well, he thinks she’s “right about everything”.

Liberals’ creation myth is Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is about one notch above Scientology in scientific rigor. It’s a make-believe story, based on a theory that is a tautology, with no proof in the scientist’s laboratory or the fossil record–and that’s after 150 years of very determined looking. We wouldn’t still be talking about it but for the fact that liberals think evolution disproves God.

Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

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