Bad example, Garry

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | 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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  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 10:08 AM ET USA

    "You better not touch Roe v Wade." I have a heard time understanding these one issue politians.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 2:45 PM ET USA

    One of the fringe benefits of a win for Bush is that it will tick off the likes of Garry Wills endlessly. It will be fun spotting all the old familiar left-wing rants. Guys like Wills have been retailing myths about fundamentalist blockheads ever since Reagan was boss. I'd like to request them to number their rants and simply cite them by number, to save on hot air.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 1:50 PM ET USA

    Phil is correct. It requires a great leap of faith to believe in the fairy tale story of evolution. There are simply too many impossibilities that must be accepted ... and no omnipotent God who is assumed to "make" them happen. Thus it is easier to believe in the Virgin Birth as a result of direct Divine intervention, than it is to believe in the accidental creation of the universe out of nothing or the spontaneous development of complex cell membranes, proteins, and DNA. Wills is a moron.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 1:05 PM ET USA

    Now that Bush won and the republicans increased in both houses the dems want us to reach accross the aisle to bring the country together. They don't get it Bush #1 was stabbed in the back by Dems who convinced him to raise taxes and then used it against him in the next election. Don't trust them they'll do it again if you give them the chance . find five conservitive dems and appoint pro-life judges. We must win this culture war not "negotiate" or "reach accross".