Catholic Culture Overview
Catholic Culture Overview

Bad example, Garry

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 04, 2004

Garry Wills is not happy. In a good old-fashioned rant published in today's New York Times, he explains that the Bush electoral victory is due to "fundamentalist zeal, a rage at secularity, religious intolerance, fear of and hatred for modernity."

Wills, you see, is tolerant. It's the people who disagree with him who are intolerant. Got that? OK, then we can move on.

What really frightens Wills is that the fundamentalists who support President Bush-- they're called Americans-- are more likely to "believe in the Virgin Birth than in Darwin's theory of evolution." From that he concludes: "Respect for evidence seems not to pertain any more..."

Maybe. Or maybe Americans are catching on to the fact that there is no evidence to support Darwin's theory. Speaking strictly in scientific terms-- leave religious faith aside-- the evidence for the Virgin Birth is stronger.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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