The counter attack by evolutionists
I've seen a number of comments on various discussion boards regarding the political activism of Richard Dawkins. Dawkins, along with Gould are responsible for the popularization of evolution. Gould viewed science and religion as distinct magisteria and thought that one should not be viewed as a threat to the other. Dawkins, an avowed atheist, seems to have hopelessly intertwined his views on evolution with his philosophical standpoint on atheism. My point here is not to vilify Dawkins, but rather to see his activism for what it is. Although creationism is not nearly as strong in the UK as it is in the US or Australia, Dawkins is still targeted by anti-evolutionary folk because of his stature as a spokeperson for evolutionary biology. Dawkins chose to fight back and to become an activist for atheism and evolution stating that 'evolution has allowed him to become an intellectually fulfilled atheist'. It's too bad that Gould is not around to counter Dawkins activism. In the end though, I see Dawkins activism as a negative here in the US. The US is largely a Christian nation and we ('evolutionists') will always be on the defensive trying to explain away Dawkins activism. It's far better to be allowed to explain the wonderful science behind evolution without the emotional baggage provided by Dawkins' activism.