Crazy Claim of the week: “Evolution is Anti-American” – Michael Peroutka


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Michael Peroutka is a well known right-wing religious nut in the US who once tried to get elected as US president.

A “nutter” … really?

OK, you be the judge, here he is claiming that teaching evolution is an “act of disloyalty” to the United States …

So this is how it plays out, his logic seems to lean upon the Declaration of Independence’s statement that “all men are created equal,”, and so he declares this to mean …

“There exists a creator God. He is the God of the Bible. He is not Allah, nor any of the Hindu deities, nor is he the God that is in the wind or in the trees or some other impersonal force. He created us. We did not evolve from apes or slimy, swampy things.”

Evidence for this claim? … nothing at all, and the reason we cannot simply read “all men are created equal” in a non-religious manner by understanding this as saying that we all evolved naturally from a common ancestor and hence are all related is …. yep, no reason at all. In other words, he is reading into this things that are simply not there at all.

So whose reading of this is correct, his or mine?

In his handwritten draft, it appears that Thomas Jefferson wrote “nature’s god,” without capitalisation, (More details here.), so you see, I do have evidence for my non-supernatural reading of this.

He then carries on like this and builds upon this rather dubious foundation …

“What I am saying is that the promotion of evolution is an act of disloyalty to America, what I’m saying is that there is no way you could promote or believe in evolution and sing ‘God Bless America’ during the 7th inning stretch.”

“All men are created equal, they are not evolved equal, get it?” he adds. “So evolution is anti-American.”

So assuming we actually bought into this religious bull-crap and instead embraced it as “truth” then what are the implications?

Well, here is the choice we face  …

  • Almost Every single university in the US … and …
  • Almost Every single school … and …
  • Every practising american scientist who utilises evolutionary theory such as all biologists

.. are all “anti-American” …. or … this guy is a nutter.

Damn, now that is such a hard choice to make, I just can’t work out which is the right answer here.

 

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