Kevin Myers: Evolutionism is just another belief system -- but one that depends on a great deal of science
Published 15/09/2010 | 05:00
Anyone interested in the arguments over evolution versus creationism will not be remotely surprised that the Science Minister Conor Lenihan has withdrawn from launching an anti-evolution book tonight.
The Origin of Specious Nonsense: How Evolution Made A Monkey Out Of Man, by John May, describes evolutionism as a hoax. The author says he has asked Conor not to launch the book "because I am so embarrassed that the Minister for Science has been so insulted and eviscerated on a political website. He doesn't even believe in my central argument".
That, of course, is irrelevant. Evolutionism is proof of the power of evolution, for it has itself evolved into a religion, with Richard Dawkins its St Paul and St Peter, its proselytiser and pope. Like any worthwhile religion, it treats non-believers as backward and uneducated.