Buzzfeed published a series of photos in which Creationists held up their questions for scientists on the question of evolution. The piece garnered much attention even though the questions themselves were the quintessence of idiocy
. Examples: "Are you scared of a divine creator?" "How do you explain a sunset if there is no God?"
Well, I knew someone would do it. Phil Plait of Slate (I'm not sure if that rhymes) actually offers polite answers to the idiots
“Because science is 'theory'–not testable, observable, nor repeatable, why do you object to creationism or intelligent design being taught in school?”
Actually, science is testable, observable, and repeatable! That’s the very definition of what science is!
I don't object to Plait's responses per se
. But I feel that he made a mistake in attempting to counter illogic with logic.
Christian fundamentalists are like the Borg
on Star Trek
. You cannot reason with the Borg. You cannot convert the Borg. It is pointless even to talk to the Borg.
All you can do is destroy
The ones who have been already sucked into the collective are gone. Forget about them. They're not human anymore. Your sole task now is to make sure that other sentient organisms are not assimilated.
Of course, I do not recommend physically destroying America's Fundamentalist Christian Borg. A far better weapon is ridicule
Consider: You would never leave the house wearing orange and green striped pants and a pink polka-dot shirt, would you? You have every legal right to wear such clothing, of course, but you wouldn't actually do so. Why? Because normal people would make fun of you.
Similarly, we should let our young people know that if they join the American Borg, normal people will make fun of them
Come to think of it, using the term "Borg" as a derisive synonym for "fundamentalism" seems like a good way to set this project in motion.
Plait's approach was futile. Here is the right way to resist the Borg: