Controversy at Your Local Starbucks

The newest crop of cups at Starbucks features, among others, the following two quotes:

#220: “Evolution as described by Charles Darwin is a scientific theory, abundantly reconfirmed, explaining physical phenomena by physical causes. Intelligent Design is a faith-based initiative in rhetorical argument. Should we teach I.D. in America’s public schools? Yes, let’s do it – not as science, but alongside other spiritual beliefs, such as Islam, Zoroastrianism and the Hindu idea that the Earth rests on Chukwa, the giant turtle.”

— David Quammen; author. His books include The Song of the Dodo and The Reluctant Mr. Darwin.

#224: “Darwinism’s impact on traditional social values has not been as benign as its advocates would like us to believe. Despite the efforts of its modern defenders to distance themselves from its baleful social consequences, Darwinism’s connection with eugenics, abortion and racism is a matter of historical record. And the record is not pretty.”

— Dr. Jonathan Wells; biologist and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.

I’m not sure what it means for the debate about a controversial subject like this to spill over into the realm of coffee-cup sound-bites (print-bites?), but I seriously doubt it will lead to much substantive dialogue, especially given these two quotes – which preach to the choir rather than address the issues at hand. They are ridiculous, unhelpful, blatantly ad hominem attacks. A waste of ink.

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