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Anti-evolution Vandals?

Pro-evolution bumper stickers and emblems are being removed from the cars of biologists in Florida.

By | August 1, 2011

FLORIDA CITIZENS FOR SCIENCE

Presumed anti-evolution vandals are repeatedly defacing the cars of biologists from the University of Florida, according to the University's student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator.

Over the course of several months, a number of biology professors who had "Darwin fish" emblems and pro-evolution stickers on their cars noticed that the symbols had been pulled or scraped off.  In some cases, religious prayers were left on the cars. Most recently, Brian McNab, a professor emeritus of ecology at the University, noticed that his tires had been punctured with two-inch nails. Zoologist Betty Smocovitis told the Florida Alligator that she would simply continue to replace the Darwin fish on her car.

The biologists suspect the culprits to have strong anti-evolution sentiments, and have reported the crimes with the University Police Department.   (Hat tip to The Chronicle of Higher Education.)

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Anonymous

August 1, 2011

How can anyone believe in both God and evolution?

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Anonymous

August 1, 2011

How are God and evolution exclusive to each other?

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Anonymous

August 1, 2011

As a fervent believer in both God and evolution, it is apparent to me that these vandals have done a poor job of learning the message of love and compassion. Is this how they expect to win over non-believers? 

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Anonymous

August 1, 2011

I was raised Catholic, but thankfully science has shown me the light.
I'm now a closet atheist.  This article is a reminder of how religion slows our understanding of reality (at best) and aggressively counters against what scientists have worked so hard to unveil. From my experiences, Christians are the least tolerant people I know.  My own family included. However, I'm still optimistic because although the closet is dark, it's also pretty crowded : )

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Zoe Muons

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August 1, 2011

I simply cannot imagine a scientist defacing a Christian's car simply because s/he didn't agree with a bumper sticker - so who is the more "Christian" here? Mind boggling, simply mind boggling.

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Anonymous

August 1, 2011

a simple solution is to put the emblems inside on the lower right or left, rear or side windows.

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Anonymous

August 1, 2011

I'm thinking that would lead to more severe damage, Don. The vandals have no respect!

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Anonymous

August 1, 2011

I'm a total pro-evolution person so take what I am about to say in that light. I love the Darwin fish (I remember laughing out loud when I saw it for the first time) but I do acknowledge that it is "defacing" the original Christian fish emblem (with no feet, tail or Darwin!).  So it is deliberately provocative to the Christian anti-evolution folks. Not that it gives them the right to take it off your car! They have no sense of humor as we have seen over and over again....

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August 1, 2011

As a fervent believer in both God and evolution, it is apparent to me that these vandals have done a poor job of learning the message of love and compassion. Is this how they expect to win over non-believers? 

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August 1, 2011

How can anyone believe in both God and evolution?

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August 1, 2011

How are God and evolution exclusive to each other?

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August 1, 2011

I simply cannot imagine a scientist defacing a Christian's car simply because s/he didn't agree with a bumper sticker - so who is the more "Christian" here? Mind boggling, simply mind boggling.

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August 1, 2011

a simple solution is to put the emblems inside on the lower right or left, rear or side windows.

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August 1, 2011

I'm thinking that would lead to more severe damage, Don. The vandals have no respect!

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August 1, 2011

I was raised Catholic, but thankfully science has shown me the light.
I'm now a closet atheist.  This article is a reminder of how religion slows our understanding of reality (at best) and aggressively counters against what scientists have worked so hard to unveil. From my experiences, Christians are the least tolerant people I know.  My own family included. However, I'm still optimistic because although the closet is dark, it's also pretty crowded : )

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August 1, 2011

I'm a total pro-evolution person so take what I am about to say in that light. I love the Darwin fish (I remember laughing out loud when I saw it for the first time) but I do acknowledge that it is "defacing" the original Christian fish emblem (with no feet, tail or Darwin!).  So it is deliberately provocative to the Christian anti-evolution folks. Not that it gives them the right to take it off your car! They have no sense of humor as we have seen over and over again....

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August 1, 2011

How can anyone believe in both God and evolution?

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August 1, 2011

How are God and evolution exclusive to each other?

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August 1, 2011

I simply cannot imagine a scientist defacing a Christian's car simply because s/he didn't agree with a bumper sticker - so who is the more "Christian" here? Mind boggling, simply mind boggling.

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August 1, 2011

a simple solution is to put the emblems inside on the lower right or left, rear or side windows.

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August 1, 2011

I'm thinking that would lead to more severe damage, Don. The vandals have no respect!

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August 1, 2011

As a fervent believer in both God and evolution, it is apparent to me that these vandals have done a poor job of learning the message of love and compassion. Is this how they expect to win over non-believers? 

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August 1, 2011

I was raised Catholic, but thankfully science has shown me the light.
I'm now a closet atheist.  This article is a reminder of how religion slows our understanding of reality (at best) and aggressively counters against what scientists have worked so hard to unveil. From my experiences, Christians are the least tolerant people I know.  My own family included. However, I'm still optimistic because although the closet is dark, it's also pretty crowded : )

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August 1, 2011

I'm a total pro-evolution person so take what I am about to say in that light. I love the Darwin fish (I remember laughing out loud when I saw it for the first time) but I do acknowledge that it is "defacing" the original Christian fish emblem (with no feet, tail or Darwin!).  So it is deliberately provocative to the Christian anti-evolution folks. Not that it gives them the right to take it off your car! They have no sense of humor as we have seen over and over again....

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August 2, 2011

I am totally pro-Christianity and anti-evolution and I would never even think of removing an emblem from someone else's car. What I think is funny is to see the fish with "truth" inside it eating the Darwin fish, but I guess I don't have a sense of humor : )

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August 2, 2011

You must not have been much of a student of catholic theology, if you think that the Catholic church today is anti-science. Certainly, the Catholic teaching on evolution is one of supporting the ideas of natural selection and evolution of man from a non-human primate ancestor. Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, was an ordained monk. There is nothing naturally conflicting between being a practicing Catholic and believing in evolution. Now, fundamentalist protestant denominations are a different story.

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August 2, 2011

You either follow the evidence for evolution or accept a believe on a god. Reason and faith are mutually exclusive, with reason always loosing on a discussion.

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August 2, 2011

How can you say that reason and faith are mutually exclusive.  To belive in reason, you must have faith in reason.

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August 2, 2011

A fanatic 'ism' is not in conformity with science. The anti-evolution vandalism reported at the University of Florida or elsewhere is not acceptable. The pro-evolution 'Darwinism', similarly, does not need to be aggressively advertised. 
In fact both anti- and pro-evolution fanaticism reflects a lack of respect for alternative views. Whether or not evolution has happened or is happening has to be decided on the basis of scientific evidence but certainly not on a fixed idea and assertive rhetoric. 
Charles Darwin himself put 'his' ideas of evolution to debate. Unfortunately, the neo-Darwinists made 'their own' version of evolution a dogma, a fashion and an 'ism'. The facts of evolution shall remain so with or without a logo, with or without anti-evolution vandalism and without or without advertisement.So folks, do science with open and inquisitive minds. SKT NasarKolkata, INDIA

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August 2, 2011

What do you mean, pro-evolution fanaticism?  Is it fanatic to perceive evolution as sober, many-times-confirmed fact?

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August 2, 2011

False equivalence.  Look it up.

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August 2, 2011

i damage your car in the name of God.....

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August 2, 2011

They are not, you may choose to believe on a god and accept the evidence for evolution. The problem is that not religion teaching, from historical context, supports evolution, Bible, Koran, Torah etc..You either try to interpret the writings or accept them as word of a god. As long as you keep them apart they are not exclusive.

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August 2, 2011

Evolution is supposed to happen only through natural processes. God is Supernatural. Any god that can only work through natural processes is not much of a god.

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August 2, 2011

I am totally pro-Christianity and anti-evolution and I would never even think of removing an emblem from someone else's car. What I think is funny is to see the fish with "truth" inside it eating the Darwin fish, but I guess I don't have a sense of humor : )

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August 2, 2011

You must not have been much of a student of catholic theology, if you think that the Catholic church today is anti-science. Certainly, the Catholic teaching on evolution is one of supporting the ideas of natural selection and evolution of man from a non-human primate ancestor. Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, was an ordained monk. There is nothing naturally conflicting between being a practicing Catholic and believing in evolution. Now, fundamentalist protestant denominations are a different story.

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August 2, 2011

A fanatic 'ism' is not in conformity with science. The anti-evolution vandalism reported at the University of Florida or elsewhere is not acceptable. The pro-evolution 'Darwinism', similarly, does not need to be aggressively advertised. 
In fact both anti- and pro-evolution fanaticism reflects a lack of respect for alternative views. Whether or not evolution has happened or is happening has to be decided on the basis of scientific evidence but certainly not on a fixed idea and assertive rhetoric. 
Charles Darwin himself put 'his' ideas of evolution to debate. Unfortunately, the neo-Darwinists made 'their own' version of evolution a dogma, a fashion and an 'ism'. The facts of evolution shall remain so with or without a logo, with or without anti-evolution vandalism and without or without advertisement.So folks, do science with open and inquisitive minds. SKT NasarKolkata, INDIA

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August 2, 2011

What do you mean, pro-evolution fanaticism?  Is it fanatic to perceive evolution as sober, many-times-confirmed fact?

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August 2, 2011

False equivalence.  Look it up.

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August 2, 2011

i damage your car in the name of God.....

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Posts: 0

August 2, 2011

They are not, you may choose to believe on a god and accept the evidence for evolution. The problem is that not religion teaching, from historical context, supports evolution, Bible, Koran, Torah etc..You either try to interpret the writings or accept them as word of a god. As long as you keep them apart they are not exclusive.

Avatar of:

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August 2, 2011

Evolution is supposed to happen only through natural processes. God is Supernatural. Any god that can only work through natural processes is not much of a god.

Avatar of:

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August 2, 2011

You either follow the evidence for evolution or accept a believe on a god. Reason and faith are mutually exclusive, with reason always loosing on a discussion.

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August 2, 2011

How can you say that reason and faith are mutually exclusive.  To belive in reason, you must have faith in reason.

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Anonymous

August 2, 2011

I am totally pro-Christianity and anti-evolution and I would never even think of removing an emblem from someone else's car. What I think is funny is to see the fish with "truth" inside it eating the Darwin fish, but I guess I don't have a sense of humor : )

Avatar of: SKT Nasar

Anonymous

August 2, 2011

A fanatic 'ism' is not in conformity with science. The anti-evolution vandalism reported at the University of Florida or elsewhere is not acceptable. The pro-evolution 'Darwinism', similarly, does not need to be aggressively advertised. 
In fact both anti- and pro-evolution fanaticism reflects a lack of respect for alternative views. Whether or not evolution has happened or is happening has to be decided on the basis of scientific evidence but certainly not on a fixed idea and assertive rhetoric. 
Charles Darwin himself put 'his' ideas of evolution to debate. Unfortunately, the neo-Darwinists made 'their own' version of evolution a dogma, a fashion and an 'ism'. The facts of evolution shall remain so with or without a logo, with or without anti-evolution vandalism and without or without advertisement.So folks, do science with open and inquisitive minds. SKT NasarKolkata, INDIA

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Anonymous

August 2, 2011

What do you mean, pro-evolution fanaticism?  Is it fanatic to perceive evolution as sober, many-times-confirmed fact?

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Daniel Dvorkin

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August 2, 2011

False equivalence.  Look it up.

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Anonymous

August 2, 2011

i damage your car in the name of God.....

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Anonymous

August 2, 2011

You must not have been much of a student of catholic theology, if you think that the Catholic church today is anti-science. Certainly, the Catholic teaching on evolution is one of supporting the ideas of natural selection and evolution of man from a non-human primate ancestor. Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, was an ordained monk. There is nothing naturally conflicting between being a practicing Catholic and believing in evolution. Now, fundamentalist protestant denominations are a different story.

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Anonymous

August 2, 2011

You either follow the evidence for evolution or accept a believe on a god. Reason and faith are mutually exclusive, with reason always loosing on a discussion.

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Anonymous

August 2, 2011

How can you say that reason and faith are mutually exclusive.  To belive in reason, you must have faith in reason.

Avatar of: FC

Anonymous

August 2, 2011

They are not, you may choose to believe on a god and accept the evidence for evolution. The problem is that not religion teaching, from historical context, supports evolution, Bible, Koran, Torah etc..You either try to interpret the writings or accept them as word of a god. As long as you keep them apart they are not exclusive.

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Anonymous

August 2, 2011

Evolution is supposed to happen only through natural processes. God is Supernatural. Any god that can only work through natural processes is not much of a god.

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Anonymous

August 3, 2011

You are correct. I'm a much better scientist than a catholic theologist.
But keep in mind that I also used identical rationalizations to balance my belief in religion and science.  You follow catholic teachings that are continually revamped (or better yet, corrected) to conform with the findings of science.  Why aren't you just following science?

Oh and I forgot.  Priests raping little boys and the internal study blaming it on "The 60's" sealed the deal for me.

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August 3, 2011

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religious prayers were left on the cars. Most recently, Brian McNab, a professor emeritus of ecology at the University, noticed that his tires had been punctured with two-inch nails. Zoologist Betty Smocovitis told the Florida Alligator that she would simply continue to replace the Darwin fish on her car.

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August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

You are correct. I'm a much better scientist than a catholic theologist.
But keep in mind that I also used identical rationalizations to balance my belief in religion and science.  You follow catholic teachings that are continually revamped (or better yet, corrected) to conform with the findings of science.  Why aren't you just following science?

Oh and I forgot.  Priests raping little boys and the internal study blaming it on "The 60's" sealed the deal for me.

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You are correct. I'm a much better scientist than a catholic theologist.
But keep in mind that I also used identical rationalizations to balance my belief in religion and science.  You follow catholic teachings that are continually revamped (or better yet, corrected) to conform with the findings of science.  Why aren't you just following science?

Oh and I forgot.  Priests raping little boys and the internal study blaming it on "The 60's" sealed the deal for me.

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August 6, 2011

One way to blow their little minds would be for a fish symbol with feet and Jesus on the inside.  Neither Jesus nor Darwin is responsible for the fact of evolution, so either one would make sense (although Darwin and Wallace were the first two to actually describe the motor that makes evolution run.)

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August 6, 2011

One way to blow their little minds would be for a fish symbol with feet and Jesus on the inside.  Neither Jesus nor Darwin is responsible for the fact of evolution, so either one would make sense (although Darwin and Wallace were the first two to actually describe the motor that makes evolution run.)

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One way to blow their little minds would be for a fish symbol with feet and Jesus on the inside.  Neither Jesus nor Darwin is responsible for the fact of evolution, so either one would make sense (although Darwin and Wallace were the first two to actually describe the motor that makes evolution run.)

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