Would the same statement from a devout evolutionist garner the same scorn as "anonymous"?
On the one hand, you make a statement such as this, using a ludicrous term, "devout evolutionist," as though considering that particular scientific theory plausible and well-established makes one a subscriber to a system of belief commensurate with religion. That is, of course, preposterous. While there are undoubtedly a certain number of people who "have faith in science," believing it has truth on its side, while not actually understanding any part of it--by and large, those who accept scientific evidence in a great many areas do so because their education has prepared them to understand, and in the less complex matters, to judge of the processes which have lead scientists to assert the significance of their findings. It is an intellectual process which relies upon the ability to judge plausibility, and method, and thereby to make informed decisions.
Religious dogma requires unquestioning adherence, and one subscribes to a belief set as an article of faith, rather than because of plausibility, or the demonstrable character of the tenets advanced by the theology. It is an entirely different exercise than scientific questioning and investigation; it does not change with time and the accumulation of knowledge; it is never to be questioned, and those who express doubt will eventually reach a point, very likely sooner rather than later, at which they are declared heretical, to be, at least shunned, and at the worst, persecuted.
On the other hand, you make a statement such as this:
I happen to believe there is sufficient evidence to be able to prove evolution and if one were to take the time to examine the evidence and understand exactly what the science behind it is, they would not make statements like the one leading this thread.
It becomes rather difficult for me to avoid believing that you only came here to argue because of the author of the thread, and the raft of assumptions you habitually make about what i believe ideologically. It is not in the least difficult for me to understand that irrational beliefs are at the heart of all religious demagogery. This, however, is the first time i have come across such a succinct statement of a superstitious fear of evolution, and a contention that it is a part of an atheist conspiracy. Knowing full well the eternal popularity of theories of evil conspiracy does not alter the very surprising character of some of the tom-fool things which people will believe. So it was my purpose in this thread to discuss the exact nature of this superstitious fear of a scientific theory, and no part of what i have written authorizes the condescending assumption on your part that i would be surprised that someone has faith. It is not the fact of such everlasting idiocy which came as a surprise to me--it was the details of this particular bit of lunacy, which had never before presented itself to me in all of its details.