SOMETIMES a statistic leaps off the page, grabs one by the ears and shakes hard.Yes, it does. The column is mostly lighthearted disbelief but along the way, there is a very, very, very sobering observation:
The same people who mock fundamentalist Islamists for believing that suicide bombers are martyrs, to be rewarded in paradise with honey and patiently-queueing virgins, will confidently tell you that God created the world in six days (ie 144 hours) and that all living things – dinosaurs, hummingbirds, elephants, sabre-toothed tigers, cockroaches and human beings – appeared in the same instant.
Sad, but true.
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