Until this point in my life they've been like mythical beasts. I've lived my entire life in Scandinavia, and religious people are in short supply, not to mention the cooky one's. I'm positive we have more albino moose than creationists.
Last week I went to Borderlands, the Scandinavian version of Burning Man. There I met a Christian girl who I got to know. We hung out and did psychadelics for a few days. That really acts to bond people. Awesome. At some point she said she didn't believe in ToE and... well... I'm not proud of myself. It kind of slipped out. I said, "Are you completely retarded". After which it turned into an argument of sorts. Well, mostly she being angry and me apologizing for hurting her feelings having said that hurtful thing.
And that was essentially the gist of her argument. No real arguments. She just wanted her beliefs respected regardless if they were true or not. The fact that they were wrong didn't seem to enter into it. What really got her going was when I asked her if she thought the entire scientific schooling system is set up around teaching children lies. And why it would do that. I think that was the argument that really made her realize she was wrong, so therefore... naturally... this lead her to argue her case even more fervently.
She sent me links to various American creationist sites with all the familiar "information" we're used to seeing here. When she noticed that I had a thorough grasp of evolutionary biology and could argue against every single of her arguments, without having to look shit up, she wasn't impressed by a massive brains a bit. Oh, no. She just said "you're just too proud to admit you are wrong".
And that was that. I have now learned, based on statistical analysis of all the creationists I have met (ie 1) that they are very sexy, have big bouncy boobs and look great in hot pants and don't sleep with people who don't validate all their silly beliefs. BTW, she believed all manner of nonsense... it was Burning Man. That is to be expected by that crowd.
The story didn't end there. Yesterday she called me up. She told me that she is writing a book. It's a fantasy book, where the stand ins for Mordor are atheists. And asked me to tell her what I believe so she could have the evil people also believe that. So I held a two hour long lecture on... well... how "I believe" biology works. She also got basic cosmology, big bang and quantum mechanics. I am 100% sure she will misunderstand every single thing I said. Probably replace ever scientific fact with "plot the spreading of lies evilly".
So how was your weekend?