To be honest up front, this article has zero to do with evolution. The heading was merely to attract attention, which is the real point of this article.
With so many people on social media it is very difficult for trolls to get noticed. They are always seeking attention and the easiest way is to be controversial or insult. To do this they troll here and there, posting your negative comments all over News24, Twitter and Facebook. But let's face it, they're only ever gonna get a response here and there from a few people and then they'll will be forgotten. Some attention seekers however have found a home where they can be noticed, right here on News24.
Writing an article about how you've invented a time machine will get you a dozen views and a comment or three. Your article on a cure for Aids will get you a similar outcome. But if you want at least 3000 views and at least 100 comments, simply write an article about religion. Typically these are ones bashing religion (read that again: "typically" meaning the opposite does happen but this happens a lot less). Most importantly, your heading needs to convey the intent to bash religion, the content doesn't really matter, you will get an equal response (I'm not referring to those who write articles re science/religion whose intent it to spread knowledge). Because let's face it, the religion vs evolution debate, although interesting sometimes, neither side is going to give way, but it does give trolls a platform whereby they can bash religion and hurl the most insulting, disrespectful comments that they can think up.
So some decent looking individual Pierre Kok want to mention how a new church is opening. Innocent, harmless mention to those who might be interested. But that one word in his heading, "church", is like catnip to these trolls. And BAM!, over 4000 comments and about 150 "comments", meaning a few comments and a high number of insults and name calling.
So fine, call me a hypocrite because I've used troll tactics to get this article read. I apologise upfront, I'm just making a point. I wish we could just drop this anti-religious attack because really there is no point to it other than bashing other human beings and their beliefs. The same applies to those who bash the non-believers.
Let's please move on and accept eachothers' differences and beliefs.
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