Curt Schilling takes to Facebook to say that he was misunderstood two weeks ago when he spoke out about evolution being a crock because there were no transitionary fossils, even though there are lots and lots of transitionary fossils. He said that “as a Christian I understand where man came from and how, regardless of whether I can imagine it, God did it, that’s good enough for me.” He added that “evolution within species” has been 100% proven and doesn’t dispute it.
Your mileage may vary as to how that squares with general scientific inquiry, but that’s his position. Of note: he was paid the fling baseballs and is now paid to offer the level of commentary we’ve come to expect from baseball commentators, not to be conversant with natural selection, so I’m inclined to forgive him his views on science because, as I said two weeks ago, science does not depend on Curt Schilling’s belief in it to be true and, unless he becomes a school board member or a U.S. Senator or something, his views on it don’t really affect my life.
He did go on, however, to note a certain commonality in his critics:
Unsure of what stunned me more, the anger, hatred and vile tweets from Atheists/Liberals, Democrats or the lack of Christians chiming in? . . . stunned at the language and commentary made by seemingly ‘adults’, scientists, teachers etc. Like they were 7 year olds on the playground again.
I understand why non-believers get upset at this conversation, because many know in their hearts that if it’s true their future is not in good shape. But the anger? Cussing? Every single follower I blocked had in their profile somewhere “Atheist” “Liberal” “Democrat” or some such label.
This does not surprise me. And it sucks that people were vile and obnoxious on Twitter. But it is Twitter, and that’s just how it rolls. If someone is being a jerk it doesn’t matter if they have the science on their side. They’re still being a jerk. I just hope that Schilling does not misunderstand the nature of jerks on the Internet like he appears to misunderstand science. Because Internet jerkery does not hew to any one party or religious line.