He blames atheists for creationism. I quote:
The inevitable clash with science, particularly in the teaching of evolution, has continued to this day. Militant atheists like the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins beat the believers about the head, accomplishing nothing; fundamentalist Christians naturally defend their religion and values to the hilt, whatever science may say.
There’s that word “militant” again! How, exactly, is Dawkins “militant”? It’s as if the word “militant” has become an ineluctable adjective in conjunction with “atheism.” In fact, people like Wade think that all atheism, so long as it is expressed verbally or in writing, and explained, is “militant.”
But it gets worse when Wade proposes a “solution” to Americans’ resistance to evolution:
- Wade suggests that creationism can be dispelled by characterizing evolution not as a fact, but as a “theory.” I quote again:
A scientific statesman, if there were such a person, would try to defuse the situation by professing respect for all religions and making a grand yet also trivial concession about the status of evolution.