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It seems ludicrous to campaign against a seemingly benign group of folks as fundamentalist Christians, but when I see the David Bartons, Virginia Foxxes, Louie Gohmerts and Todd Akins pushing through draconian laws against women, monopolizing huge blocks of time on the House floor and legislating nescience in classrooms and textbooks while hijacking and rewriting scientific, historic, cultural and political wisdom and fact, I feel compelled to meet them head on. Religion is one of humankind's greatest accomplishments. We probably owe every aspect of our civilization to it, if not civilization itself, but, not because of any one divine figure, or godhead, but perhaps in spite of one. The human imagination in all of its myriad forms from theory to movies to literature to great art, and yes, even faith leads on onward, but when it turns on itself and denies its human origins, and insists and insinuates itself as science or history, then it is no longer benign, but vicious, ugly, backwards, hateful, and destructive. Here is the latest salvo in a fight we all have a great stake in:

 

Creationists are on a campaign to “take dinosaurs back.” Earlier this year, the creationist crackpot Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis—the organization that established the fundamentalist funhouse called the Creation Museum—said, “Dinosaurs have been held hostage for decades” by his mortal enemy, the nefarious “secular humanists.” Ham is determined to appropriate dinosaurs for biblical literalists. (The organization’s website even sells a “We’re taking dinosaurs back!” bumper sticker.)Want To Annoy A Creationist? Mention New Feathered Dinosaur http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/09/creationists_and_dinosaurs_answers_in_genesis_teams_with_dissident_scientists_to_deny_feathered_dino_fossil_record.html?tid=sm_tw_button_toolbar

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