And there we were, trying to take a nice evening stroll from the Santa Monica beach to the Promenade on the Third Street, talking about how much we enjoyed it the last time we were here, in June, 2007…As we entered the Third Street, the first sight was that of a guy with a powerpoint presentation right in the middle of the street, where you normally expect to see street performers juggling their bowling pins or strumming their guitars. It was a bit weird and he certainly drew our attention because the title slide said “$250,000 reward to those who can prove macro-evolution is true”..or something to that effect. And he even had the guts to invite questions. As we started walking towards him, I saw this Stanford looking tall guy, walk up to a microphone, to ask the following: “Have you heard of the Human Genome project?”..and as expected the response was trite. He finally gave up and asked the stubborn man in suit “Do you believe in God?”..”Yes.I do..but only in the God of the Bible”..and this guy in shorts goes..”How can you prove that there is God?”..”Have you met anyone who has seen God?”..and the reply goes “Yes. I have”..That’s when I decided to show my fist to the man in suit and walk away.
And there we were, finally excited and exhausted at the same time to be at the gate, after a long vacation, getting ready to board a red-eye from LAX to DTW. As we approached our gate, we heard some singing – singing that sounded really nice and like a bunch of well-trained professionals..didn’t quite catch the lyrics as some words sounded “Espanol” to me. As we approached, we noticed that there were some 20 odd people squatting around the gate podium in circles, belting out great Christian numbers – “Hallelujah” and what not! I have to admit that their signing was good – real good. But once I found out that the singing is really by a group of so-called faith mongers, I wondered “Even in California!!”..The NWA gate agents finally asked the loud and radical christian group to cut it down as it was getting loud and too distracting for those who were working there..Which is really underplaying the truth, according to me because it was like being at a country fair and not like being at the airport, what with all the loud noise. They moved out and I could hear a woman sitting next to me whisper “Thanks….They should be doing this at their homes”..”Or at a place of worship and not here in a public place”..replied my wife. I smiled.
You know by now, how much both the events have ticked me off. The question I have is (I am pretty sure you don’t have a good reason to deny or disprove my observation, because it is a fact), why is that only one group of people (or one religion or one faith, to be precise) is so radically obsessed with trying to prove Evolution is wrong? Why are they threatened by the possibility that if evolution is indeed true then it could cause doom to their religion and why can’t they strike a balance between their faith and science..accepting both fact and fiction (you know which is which :-)) ? On other hand, why is it that it is the same group that believes in pushing its religion (proselytizing as they say) in a passive yet very aggressive way? How is it different from the accusations that some other radical religious followers get placed on? I am not talking about the difference in the means (terrorized killing versus humanitarian violations) – but the basic philosophy of radical religious following?