The left constantly tries to paint anyone who doesn't share their failed ideological beliefs as ‘bigots’ and ‘hicks’ and ‘throwbacks’ and ‘neanderthals’ who are ‘anti-modern’. It is imperative that we not let them do this.
It is political suicide to let the left claim the territory of intellectual superiority. As far as the evolution issue goes, those of us on the ‘non-left’ (which is what we should be calling ourselves - instead of letting them pigeonhole us as ‘the right wing’ etc.) should not let this kind of ‘God vs. science’, ‘religion vs. evolution’ theme go forward. In my view the proper stance should be to demonstrate superior scientific understanding - nail them on their insufficient knowledge, and then nail them on their closed minded arrogance.
For example, remind them that the Earth, by radiometric dating, is probably at least 4.5 billion years old, and that the known universe is probably at least 3 times older than that. Then remind them that dinosaurs didn't appear until probably 260 million years ago.
Finally, remind them that the average human lifespan on the planet is ~67-68 years, but that in that incredibly short period of time some people become so arrogantly convinced that they know everything there is to know about who we are and how we got here that they have convinced themselves that creation is impossible and that there is no such thing as God. Then ask them whether they think it makes more logical sense that all of existence has a reason for being, or whether it makes more sense that the entirety of this vast universe ‘just happened’. Paint them as the close-minded ideologues that they are. Don't cede this ground to them, ever.
——The left constantly tries to paint anyone who doesn’t share their failed ideological beliefs as bigots and hicks and throwbacks and neanderthals who are anti-modern. It is imperative that we not let them do this.——
The evolution critique is simple. Punk eek or micro?
If micro, where are the billions of transitional fossils? After 150 years, the fossil record is clear. Overwhelmingly, almost without exception, species disappear from the fossil record the same way they appeared, millions of years prior.
If punk eek, what’s the mechanism?
That’s it. Evolutionary theory is dogma, not science.