Fittest vs. Fanatictest

After the Chris­t­ian fun­da­men­tal­ists’ ape-like antics dur­ing the Hin­du priest’s open­ing the Sen­ate morn­ing ses­sion, comes a more wor­ri­some por­tent.

The Den­ver Post reports that evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gists and uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sors teach­ing evo­lu­tion have been receiv­ing death threats from a Chris­t­ian fun­da­men­tal­ist.

At Panda’s Thumb (an excel­lent sci­en­tif­ic resource for defend­ing the the­o­ry of evo­lu­tion), you can read excerpts of threat­en­ing emails received by the pro­fes­sors.

Observe how this con­trasts with Islam­ic fun­da­men­tal­ist ter­ror­ism:

  • Ter­ror­ism strikes the gen­er­al pub­lic; these threats are against spe­cif­ic dis­tin­guished men of learn­ing and sci­ence
  • Ter­ror­ism is orga­nized, inspired by a fanat­i­cal leader; this is an indi­vid­ual fanat­ic, inspired by orga­nized reli­gion

Evo­lu­tion says that in the long term, the fittest species sur­vive. Will they, in this case?

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