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  •  in general, arguing science is always a waste of (0+ / 0-)

    time. Most people simply don't care about it, don't know anything about it, and don't understand it anyway.

    And anyway, at its root, the creation/evolution fight simply is not about science.  Creationism is a political movement with political goals, and the best way to beat it is by focusing on their political aims--which virtually no one in the US supports.  The creationists are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Christian Reconstructionist movement, and they are Taliban-wanna-be's--nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

    Big long "debates" over science usually help the creationists more than they help us.  They give the creationists an air of legitimacy that they don't deserve, by leaving the impression that there actually IS an authentic scientific debate, with two "sides".  There isn't. Creationists themselves want desperately to focus the entire fight on a "scientific debate", so they don't have to defend their idiotic political agenda that nobody supports.

    It's one reason why too many scientists, alas, make very poor creationist-fighters.

    But fortunately for us, the entire Christian fundamentalist political movement is now dead as a mackerel--even the Repug Party no longer gives them the time of day. The "Culture Wars" are pretty much over.

    •  Different approaches (0+ / 0-)
      You will have your approach and I will have mine.
      I have had the sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, evolutionary biology) as hobbies since the age of 7. I do want to see evolution presented better in the public schools.
      As far as culture wars, it remains to be seen whether repeal of dadt will pass this Congress or be waylaid by a filibuster or a veto of HR 5136 over an unrelated issue. The November election also remains to be seen.

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