It’s never a pleasure to criticize the views of someone I admire, especially if they’ve been active in the fight against creationism, like Jonny Scaramanga. He started calling out creationism in the Guardian and Salon (and creationism’s vehicle, “Accelerated Christian Education”) when he was a student at London University; I’ve posted favorably about his activities several times before; and he runs a good, solid atheist website at Patheos, “Leaving fundamentalism.” (Scaramanga was raised as a fundamentalist.)
But I think that his two recent post on creationism, “Why creationism matters” and “Creationism is inherently homophobic and misogynistic” miss the mark. Scaramanga’s argument is simple: those people who are creationists also tend to hate gays and oppress women. That makes it all the more important to fight creationism.
Here are quotes from both of his posts:
It’s not some mystery why organisations that oppose women’s rights and trample on LGBTQ…
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