Saturday 25 February 2017

Kevin Myers: Alternative to religion is a secular dementia that makes a god-like figure out of Wayne Rooney

Kevin Myers

I'm not sure anyone has ever managed to shoehorn David Attenborough and Wayne Rooney into the one column: so there's always a first time.

I can claim a certain precedence with regards to the former: for we both attended Wyggeston Grammar School in Leicester, though not quite at the same time. On the other hand, there's no evidence that Rooney went to school at all. What those two men do have in common is that they are both stars in the great cosmos of celebrity.

Attenborough's new BBC television series on evolution begins this weekend. Not merely is he the greatest man on television, he is also the greatest gentleman in that medium. I'm not sure the same could be said about Rooney without running the risk of some terminological inexactitude. Yet paradoxically, the godless world that evolutionists such as Attenborough posit not merely produces and makes celebrities of people like Rooney, but better still, it will produce sons of Rooney who one day really will make their father seem like a gentleman.

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