Following on “Did you know that creationists are liberals? Or versa vice? Or something?,” someone has written a children’s book that is supposed to be an antidote to creationism: Evolution, the Horrible Science:
I particularly value this book because it builds on what every child knows; the poo-laden squishiness of reality, fascinating, beautiful, and cruel. Children who have read this book will have no difficulty in recognising the creationists’ prelapsarian perfection, with its vegetarian velociraptors and lamb-cuddling lions, for what it is – so much dino dung. And they will know how best to respond – with a dino-size fart or if, like me, they are pretending to be grown-ups, with a philosophical and factual analysis, which will come to much the same thing.
Let’s see: In the previous version, creationists were evil because they were conservatives who taught that humans are responsible for the bad things in the world. In current versions, they are evil because they are liberals who believe in the Hippie’s Guide to nature.
You can tell that big changes are underway if Darwin’s defenders find it this difficult to fix, freeze, and frame the target. At least some hearers may notice that their story changed mid-frame.
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