To date, the two posts I've done that have garnered the most hits are ones describing the fact that Rebecca Black was not singing about JFK's assassination in her dreadful song "Friday," and the fact that the blob of rock discovered by some treasure hunters on the bottom of the Baltic Sea is not the Millennium Falcon. Why those two still get dozens of hits a day is a little beyond me, but who am I to question my readers for reading what I write?
Still more, I am frequently puzzled as to why specific posts get people's dander up. I still periodically get hate mail over my rather sardonic post about British ghost hunters, for example. And this brings up the interesting phenomenon of the interconnectedness of social media -- the irate Brits who still get their knickers in a twist over my disbelief in ghosts found my blog because it showed up on Twitter and then got posted to a site devoted to ghost hunting -- with the caption, "Look at what this Yankee twit said about us!" After that, they stopped hunting ghosts for a time to hunt the wild skeptic, and I got 300 hits in an hour. Followed by a torrent of very irate emails.
Something similar happened on Thursday, although I have yet to figure out how it occurred. Wednesday's post, you might recall, was about the Tennessee anti-evolution bill, and I not-so-gently pointed out that the sponsors of that bill had a poorer understanding of science than your average Bigfoot chaser. Okay, that may have been a little inflammatory, but I've said worse things about creationists in the past and gotten little to no response.
Evidently, someone told someone who told someone, and by midday on Thursday, the floodgates had opened up. It's a little alarming, and seldom good news, when I see a big spike on my hit tracker -- so when I saw the line rising suddenly, I said, "uh-oh." And sure enough, the emails started shortly afterwards. And ye gods and little fishes... If I had time and space, I’d print a bunch of excerpts. Instead, here’s a capsule summary of their comments:
So, you think you’re so smart, Mr. Evolutionary Biology Guy. Well, blah blah blah transitional fossils? There are no transitional fossils at all, you freakin dumass! Blah blah yak yak the Bible is INERRANT! It’s God’s Word! Yak yak Second Law of Thermodynamics! Entropy disproves evolution yak yak blah blah you worthless wanker! Radiometric data is inaccurate, so therefore yakkity schmackity booga booga Big Bang! What happened before the Big Bang, huh? Were you there to see it, Mr. Godless Atheist? I didn’t think so! Gotcha there!!! Yak yak blah blah it’s just a theory, not a fact! Even the scientists don’t have any confidence in it! Blah blah you smug, arrogant BASTARD! Rot in hell.
Yours in Christ,
The Creationists of America
Well, all I can say is, thank you so much for your comments. To address a few of your points:
- I can be smug and arrogant, sometimes, so guilty as charged. I know it’s not nice and I try not to be, but it’s one of my faults.
- As far as being a bastard, my parents were married long before I was born, so it’s a big nope on that one, and my mom, god rest her soul (if there is one and she had one) would have been scandalized by the suggestion.
- “Godless Atheist” is kind of redundant, don’t you think? Okay, I’ll let that one go, maybe you were just being emphatic.
- I’d have taken the “dumbass” comment more seriously if the person who called me that hadn’t misspelled it.
- I’m not actually worthless, although what I am worth is left as an exercise for the reader.
- And as far as my being a wanker – well, I’m not going there. You’ll just have to speculate.
Regarding the objections to evolution itself, those have been discussed at such length in other venues that I won’t respond, except for one. Saying “evolution is just a theory” is not an argument. The word “theory” has nothing to do with uncertainty, or the idea that there’s this nagging feeling in scientists’ minds that “evolution might very well be wrong.” They call it “music theory,” and it’s not because they think that music might not exist. Are we clear on that point?
Okay. I feel much better, but have probably now initiated a further waterfall of hostile posts. I guess you can’t have everything.