And yet another
con man creationist has pinned the blame for the VT shootings on poor ol’ Charles Darwin. This time it’s Grady McMurtry of Creation Worldview Ministries (coincidentally also past chairman of the board of Liberty Counsel). He says:
For years, he says, public schools and universities have taught the theory of evolution as fact, with no opposing viewpoints — and the result, he contends, is a lack of respect for human life.
Therefore, he asserts, people should not be surprised when mass shootings occur, such as the one on the Blacksburg university campus on Monday. “And at Virginia Tech, what do we have?” he asks rhetorically. “We have a person who, unfortunately, thought that humans had no more value than cats and dogs — and unfortunately, I think, probably felt the same way about themselves.”
Of course. Because before Darwin came along, there was no one to challenge the Christian ideal that says everyone is inherently valuable. I’m sure Calvin was thinking about the inherent sanctity of human life when he had Michael Servetus burned at the stake. And no doubt Luther was just defending the inherent value of each and every person – except Jews, of course, whose homes he demanded be burned down. And no doubt Torquemada had only the dignity of all God’s creatures on his mind as he strapped heretics and blasphemers to the rack. And witches don’t count as people, right?
The creationist continues explaining his premise. “And so what happens? If we are nothing but thinking animals, [and] if you have excess people, then you can just put them in a bag, throw them in the river the way you would too many kittens or too many puppies.”
Yes, of course, because we all know that those who believe in evolution just love throwing bags full of kittens in the river. I’m getting together this weekend with several evolutionary biologists for a belated 100th birthday party for Ernst Mayr that will no doubt involve lots of puppies fed in to wood chippers as we rub our hands together and cackle. But now that McMurtry has figured out our little game, we’re going to have to throw him in the river too (insert evil laugh here).