On Sat, 3 May 1997, PZ Myers wrote:
> In article <Pine.GSO.3.95.970502190150.26959A-100000 at holyrood.ed.ac.uk>,
> Anthonie Muller <awjm at holyrood.ed.ac.uk> wrote:
>> [several snips]
> > Hi Joe
> > Most creationists seem to be Americans. Is it somehow possible to moderate
> > American messages only? Or to moderate only those messages send out at
> > normal American working times?
>> Ooh, that's an ugly bit of parochialism -- I thought only us Americans
> could be that insensitive to other nationalities :-)
>> I also don't like the idea to set up an "in" group, a list of acceptable
> authors -- that's a good way to weed out novel ideas. The only way to do
> this is to have a liberal moderator who allows most of the posts through,
> but only weeds out the most blatant examples of content-free nonsense, be
> they American, British, German, or whatever (and I acknowledge that most
> will be American...but I think you'll also find that there are a few
> intelligent posters on this side of the Atlantic, too).
> Paul Z. Myers
Hope that I did not hurt your patriotic feelings ... ;-)
The problem with these creationists is that they are such a bore, and that
they do not have anything original to say.
Here in Scotland I often listen to a program on the morning radio in which
priests, rabbis, imams or whatever give a message of the day: this is
allmost allways done with wit, intelligence and style, and I enjoy
listening to it, even if I do not agree to their message.
The messages of the creationists are however ugly. Some American
religious leaders seem not to be afraid to assume ridiculous positions: on
the contrary, I get the impression that they enjoy doing it, as they will
get more attention as a result. You can say a lot about the Pope, but at
least he takes care to avoid ridicule.
Of course there are some ( if fact, of course, a lot : is that
what you want to hear ? :-) ) intelligent postings at your side of the
Atlantic as well.
Maybe we are only lucky here that the fundamentals have not found the
internet yet. On the other hand I think that here in Europe public
expressions of religious feelings are considered with distaste.
With Americans I have the feeling that if they are overtly religious they
implicitly want to show that they can be trusted somehow, 'that they are
not a crook', that they are decent, non-sinners. Here in Europe very few
religious people will admit that religious people are better, more
reliable than nonbelievers- religion seems to be more like a personal
thing. If you say here 'I am not a crook', everyone will take a close look
Anyway, the creationists are a pest. They of course have the right to
express their opinion, but they do not have the right to obstruct or
hinder evolutionists, and that is what they are doing now.
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