13 February 2009

From Lost in Showbiz, Guardian G2 section

You never know where you'll find gold. This nugget appeared today in an article on the Osbourne family's new television show. Every journalist at the Guardian must be thinking in evolutionary terms this week.

Occasionally in interviews, Sir David Attenborough is moved to address the vicious hate mail he receives from creationists for not crediting the organisms in his documentaries to an infinitely merciful God.

"I always reply by saying I think of a little child in East Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball," the legendary broadcaster muses. "The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator."

Thank you, Marina Hyde. And thank you, Sir David. The next time my Jehovah's Witness correspondent asks me how I can possibly believe that a Grand Designer was not actively involved in every aspect of Earth's splendor, I'm going to quote this.

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