Those wacky creationists are at it again:
To Terry Erikheimer, the research itself is morally weighted. Given the complex nature of the fossil record, , Mr. Turkheimer said, â€œthe question is fundamentally impossible to settle scientifically because we can never see people evolve from dinosaurs.”
That doesnâ€™t mean research into archeology should be banned, he said, but it should be judged. â€œWhat troubled me about posts at Catoâ€ â€” an exchange Mr. Turkheimer participated in â€” â€œand the tone of Saletanâ€™s blog is the assumption that because these papers are labeled as science, they are value-neutral and theyâ€™re as deserving of respect as any other scientific hypothesis,â€ he said of evolutionary theories.
â€œBut you canâ€™t get away from what these people are trying to prove, which is exactly the basis of the atheistic beliefs that informed segregation here for 200 years.â€
Of course, the above section is a modified from the original New York Times article (hat-tip to Half Sigma). The research that is wrong, because of its implications, is on genetic differences between ancestral populations.
There are two large anti-science populations in the United States: Creationists and race-deniers. Creationists are far more numerous, but tend to be uneducated and without the power to do much. Occasionally some rally the support to force a school district to include a sticker in a bio book that evolution is only a theory — which, of course, is true. (Gravity is another famous theory.)
Race-deniers are less numerous but far more powerful. Coming to power in academia with the rest of the Marxists in the 1960s and 1970s, race-deniers share the Creationists’ fundamental fear of human biology. Further, they share with the creationists an essentially pagan intuition that if some people are found to be weaker than others, then they are less deserving of human rights. Creationists see evolutionists as social darwinists, eager to prove that the physically weak should starve. Race-deniers see evolutionists as segregationists, eager to prove that the genetically weak should drink at separate water fountains.
Instead of criticizing this paganism, the Creationists and race-deniers quietly accept it as a fact, and seek to modify facts so that they can keep their Christianist outcomes while holding on to pagan hearts.