Reporter Suspended For Defending Evolution Comes Back, Gives Immediate Middle Finger To ESPN

The reason ESPN reporter Keith Law got suspended last week was stupid: He defended the theory of evolution on Twitter, kindly and calmly, to his co-worker, creationist Curt Schilling, and ESPN punished him for it. The reason he’s probably going to be suspended again? Sheer awesomeness.

As “Addicting Info” reported earlier, Law stepped into what was an hours-long anti-evolution rant by Schilling on Twitter and managed to quickly make the former pitcher look like an idiot. Schilling was dead set on disproving evolution using a selection of creationism’s greatest hits. If humans evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Where’s the missing link? Okay, but where’s the other missing links? You weren’t there!

Law, who aside from reporting on baseball seems to know his stuff about science, was happy to clue Schilling in.

Schilling and his bosses at ESPN didn’t take the truthbombs well and decided to suspend Law for a week to teach him a lesson (about not teaching his colleague a science lesson).

After word got out that ESPN suspended a reporter because he defended the theory of evolution on Twitter, the sports network went into damage control mode and pretended that they suspended him for a completely separate reason. They didn’t know what that reason was, but promised it was definitely not about making their creationist employee look like a neanderthal.

In a statement given to Deadspin, ESPN simply wrote:

Keith’s Twitter suspension had absolutely nothing to do with his opinions on the subject.

Well, Keith is back and his very first tweet makes it abundantly clear that he was indeed suspended over evolution.

“And yet it moves” — the famous words, written in Italian, of astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was dragged in front of the Catholic church and banished to a life of house arrest for suggesting that the Earth moves around the Sun. After his sentencing, Galileo was said to have stomped the ground and looked up at the sky, uttering the words, “And yet it moves,” in defiance of what religious officials had forced him to accept under threat of violence.

Law may have been given a rather light sentence compared to the victims of the Catholic inquisition, but his experience still illustrates that science and rational thought are not always welcome in our society. After all, Schilling, for all of his blustering about the falsehood of evolution, was not punished at all. It was only Law that faced any consequences — his only crime telling his colleague that there is, indeed, a great deal of scientific support for evolution.

There is a vein of anti-intellectualism that runs throughout our society, and it insulates itself from criticism by punishing those who dare mention facts, figures, science, or data. Christians, especially this time of year, like to say that they are being discriminated against for their beliefs, but in reality the opposite is usually true.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining. No matter how much these science deniers wish it wasn’t the case, the truth is still out there. The Earth still moves.