I recently received an email invitation to attend a local lecture by a man named Rafael Cruz, who happens to be the father of GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz.

I Googled him, and found this fascinating statement:

Evolution is one of the strongest tools of Marxism. Because if they can convince you that you came from a monkey, it’s much easier to convince you that God does not exist.

“They” presumably are the evolutionist communist atheists, who are of course synonymous in the minds of true believers like Cruz and his followers.

Not that it would matter to them, but as a non-Communist, non-atheist who believes in the self apparent nature of evolution, I find the man’s argument insulting and ridiculous.

Beneath his fiery rhetoric, though, is an assumption that reality is not so much about getting to the nature of the truth, but that it’s all about convincing people.

So the converse of his argument becomes: “if they can convince you that you were created by God, it’s much easier to convince you that God exists.”

In other words, whether evolution is to be rejected should depend not on whether it is real or scientifically valid, but whether it undermines belief in God.

I suspect the man is arguing to the convinced, and I think I’ll opt not to attend the lecture.

(I’d say that religious crackpots are the Republican Party’s misfortune, but that might be a microaggression, and I am too steeped in political correctness to do that.)