More MoralizingWhat is intriguing about evolution is not so much the idea itself but what comes along with the idea. Evolution’s idea—that the world arose spontaneously—is certainly enough to raise eyebrows since it goes against so much of what we know from science. But anti realism is not necessarily a bad thing in science, for science needs speculative ideas. What comes along with this particular speculative idea, however, is much more interesting and important. For evolutionists insist their idea is a fact. That claim—so at odds with the empirical evidence—indicates that there is something more to evolution than scientific theorizing. There is an underlying nonscientific foundation of evolution that mandates its certainty. This “fact” of evolution is, for evolutionists, so obvious and necessary that anyone who does not acknowledge it is, in their eyes, suspect. Evolutionists cannot understand how skeptics can have a legitimate argument—there must be ulterior motives at work. Skeptics must be up to no good. They are abusing science and they must be stopped. Evolutionists do not hesitate to cast aspersions on, judge and blackball skeptics. So along with the idea that the world arose strictly naturalistically, evolution brings epistemological and ethical claims which are as strongly held as they are unsupported. Unfortunately this combination of anti realism reinforced by moralizing seems to spreading.
Last week, in their ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court engaged in just this sort of moralizing. The court said that those who disagree with them are out to “disparage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” our fellow human beings and citizens who are homosexual.
Of course the court holds no such monopoly on ethics. How could it when it did not even provide an alternative which the supposed bigots are to accept? Is one automatically a bigot for not agreeing to toss out the existing definition of marriage when no alternative is offered and to solve a tax problem?
One may agree or disagree with the existing definition of marriage, and that definition may change in the future as society sees fit. But erroneous blanket accusations of bigotry do not advance the discussion and are reminiscent of how evolutionists argue for their theory.
When we pointed this out evolutionists doubled down on their moralizing. Rather than realize the fallacy, they insisted that even our mere pointing this out, itself, constitutes bigotry. In other words, regardless of one’s position on the issue of marriage, acknowledging any legitimacy to the existing definition constitutes bigotry. Amazing.
This sort of hyper critical judgment is typical of evolutionists. The evolutionist’s combination of certainty and self-righteous moralizing is toxic to reasoned debate. Unfortunately it seems to be spreading.