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Hilarious Hate

Isn’t it usually religious folks who say people who use expletives use them because they don’t have anything intelligent to say?

This YouTube video entitled “Love Letters to Richard Dawkins” will make you laugh:

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Commonality of methods between creationists and global warming deniers?

I thought it was odd that Ken B posted a comment about global warming in response to my post about the systemic dishonesty of creationists. I wonder if maybe there are connections between the dishonest means and methods of creationists and those who deny global warming. I haven’t really looked much at the methods used by Global Warming deniers. I have however looked at the methods used by creationists.

Creationism (and its PR friendly conjoined twin Intelligent Design) are about one thing: defending the religious dogma that says God created the world as described in the Bible.  Some creationists call themselves “young earth creationists” and believe that the earth is only 6000 or 10,000 years old. Some creationists admit the earth might be older than that. Intelligent Design is offered as an “alternative” to Darwinism (by which creationists do not mean the theory of evolution through natural selection but something entirely different which I’ll explore a little later) and doesn’t really identify the “designer” whose supposed intelligence led to the “design.” Pretty much everything else offered by creationists is window dressing. For all intents and purposes, ID is nothing more than creationism with a PR hack. So I won’t refer to it as a separate entity. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Universe is filled with irony and loves a good laugh

I’m going to be laughing about this for decades. In fact, I may be amused about this the rest of my life and if I’m reincarnated, I may be born amused about it in my next life.

The story from PZ Myers (h/t Feministe).

I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried … but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird — I was standing in line, hadn’t even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn’t going to cause any trouble.

I went back to my family and talked with them for a while, and then the officer came back with a theater manager, and I was told that not only wasn’t I allowed in, but I had to leave the premises immediately. Like right that instant.

I complied.

I’m still laughing though. You don’t know how hilarious this is. Not only is it the extreme hypocrisy of being expelled from their Expelled movie, but there’s another layer of amusement. Deep, belly laugh funny. Yeah, I’d be rolling around on the floor right now, if I weren’t so dang dignified.

You see … well, have you ever heard of a sabot? It’s a kind of sleeve or lightweight carrier used to surround a piece of munition fired from a gun. It isn’t the actually load intended to strike the target, but may even be discarded as it leaves the barrel.

I’m a kind of sabot right now.

They singled me out and evicted me, but they didn’t notice my guest. They let him go in escorted by my wife and daughter. I guess they didn’t recognize him. My guest was …

Richard Dawkins.

He’s in the theater right now, watching their movie.

Tell me, are you laughing as hard as I am?

Seriously, I may laugh about this for decades to come.

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What If God Existed?

I am switching out media players (an arduous process) and came across this old post, a favorite. I suppose for me, listening to Richard Dawkins is like for others, experiencing their God.

I gained a new reverence listening to Richard Dawkins intellectually crushing however kind and eloquent responses to some of the pitifully desperate questioners from neighboring Liberty University who so creatively tried to trick Dawkins into admitting that God might exist.

Many of the questioners announced themselves as either students or faculty from Liberty, rather than from Randolph Macon which was my host institution. One by one they tried to trip me up, and one by one their failure to do so was applauded by the audience. Finally, I said that my advice to all Liberty students was to resign immediately and apply to a proper university instead. That received thunderous applause, so that I almost began to feel slightly sorry for the Liberty people. Only almost and only slightly, however.

I highly recommend listening to the whole thing here .

Richard Dawkins

Religious fundamentalism is a real threat to religious expression and the survival of The Planet, especially Christian fundamentalism. You are a Christian fundamentalist if you cannot separate science and religion. That means you reject science whenever it conflicts with your particular interpretation of a bible story.

Such stubborn righteousness will kill us one way or another. Why can’t people see that religion does not belong in politics? Why can’t people find and express their inner spirituality privately? The Jews figured this out long ago.

Once upon a time it was forbidden in Judaism to even say the name of God out loud. So strong was this principle that God was spelled using a combination of Hebrew letters that were impossible to pronounce. The reason for this was that Jews believed that one’s relationship with God was so personal that the very sound of his name would contaminate that relationship.

There seems to be no shortage of Christian fundamentalist who do not know that the first five books of the Old Testament are the Jewish Torah.

I think we could all take a lesson from this. The most profound spirituality can only be found in the privacy of the inner self. The more you talk about it, the further away it goes. IOW, keep it to yourself for the sake of The Planet.

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What If God Existed?

I saw this on C-Span last night and gained a new reverence listening to Richard Dawkins intellectually crushing however kind and eloquent responses to some of the pitifully desperate questioners from neighboring Liberty University who so creatively tried to trick Dawkins into admitting that God might exist.

Many of the questioners announced themselves as either students or faculty from Liberty, rather than from Randolph Macon which was my host institution. One by one they tried to trip me up, and one by one their failure to do so was applauded by the audience. Finally, I said that my advice to all Liberty students was to resign immediately and apply to a proper university instead. That received thunderous applause, so that I almost began to feel slightly sorry for the Liberty people. Only almost and only slightly, however.

I highly recommend listening to the whole thing here or on C-Span at 9pm tonight.

Thanks to Norm at One Good Move

Richard Dawkins 

Religious fundamentalism is a real threat to religious expression and the survival of The Planet, especially Christian fundamentalism. You are a Christian fundamentalist if you cannot separate science and religion. That means you reject science whenever it conflicts with your particular interpretation of a bible story.

Such stubborn righteousness will kill us one way or another. Why can’t people see that religion does not belong in politics? Why can’t people find and express their inner spirituality privately? The Jews figured this out long ago.

Once upon a time it was forbidden in Judaism to even say the name of God out loud. So strong was this principle that God was spelled using a combination of Hebrew letters that were impossible to pronounce. The reason for this was that Jews believed that one’s relationship with God was so personal that the very sound of his name would contaminate that relationship.

There seems to be no shortage of Christian fundamentalist who do not know that the first five books of the Old Testament are the Jewish Torah.

I think we could all take a lesson from this. The most profound spirituality can only be found in the privacy of the inner self. The more you talk about it, the further away it goes. IOW, keep it to yourself for the sake of The Planet.

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