I'm sorry if that title is juvenile. I don't really care, but I figure that apologies sort of formalize this whole topic, which is about my complete indignation at something that happened on campus today. UGA campus.
There were some people handing out copies of Darwin's The Origin of Species around our student center. I thought this was absolutely brilliant, another perspective provided to counter the Gideons who, although they are nice, don't really offer any other sort of views on religion.
When the woman handed me my copy, I asked what group she was doing this for, and she answered that she was "providing a different viewpoint" and that I should read the introduction.
Because I'm unfamiliar with Christian evangelicals, I was unaware of the connotation of Ray Comfort's name on the front of the book. He's the author of the introduction, you know.
So I started reading the preface, which detailed exactly why Darwin's theory of evolution is wrong (supposedly, evolution is as random as a book coming together and writing itself, editing itself, and cutting its own pages) and furthermore why atheism is bad ("God" imbues humans with a sense of morality, so atheists disregard all morals, attributing behavior instead to natural instincts).
Now, barring the sheer idiocy of comparing evolution to a book, due to the nature of living matter and nonliving matter and -- oh, I don't know -- the fact that selective adaptation isn't random but is an extremely logical pattern, one can see that this attached preface is a barbarous piece of propagandizing media.
Personally, I tore out the introduction and gave it back to the group that was handing out the pamphlets. I don't want some intelligent design idiocy tainting my pristine copy of Origin.
I just wanted to rant, but feel free to give your views on the situation, of course. This is a forum, after all.