Journalist/Brooklyn Heights resident Virginia Heffernan published an essay Thursday for Yahoo! News entitled “Why I’m a Creationist”. Thoughtful? Sure. Troll bait? You bet.
It also proved to be great fodder for the folks at Gawker. Hamilton Nolan, no stranger to online ribbing himself, releases the hounds in his counterpoint, “Yes Viginia, There Is A Darwin”:
Gawker: Okay. Virginia Heffernan is a science-phobic angel-believing climate change skeptic. She just said that. That is what she just said. We are not saying you’re a bad person, Virginia, but you should probably expect that, from now on, when people read your musings on, say, the future of internet communications, they might stop, in a moment of gathering doubt, and recall that you are a science-phobic angel-believing climate change skeptic, and that therefore your dedication to facts is somewhat in question. This could, and should, erode your credibility, in the eyes of those elitist readers who value things that are based on “evidence.” So kudos to you for being brave enough to admit to your own hilarious prejudices again common sense.
The blog, Why Evolution is True, weighs in here.
I'm pretty glad that yesterday's episode of "Inherit the Wind" is over. Next time can *I* play Clarence Darrow?
— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) July 12, 2013