Monthly Archives: December 2007

Contempt For Huckabee The False Prophet

Here’s the most contemptible behavior yet from a presidential candidate – Mike Huckabee dialogues with god on his cell phone. 

If Huckabee had professed to speak to god directly, some people would have been put off. But by cloaking his godliness in a tongue-in-cheek comedy routine he manipulates the crowd into thinking he is close to god without him being too pious about it.     

If politicians continue to behave in this manner, they really should dress up as pastors or priests. Such antics obliterate the line between church and state, which is probably their goal.  

We’re are reminded of a saying by the Ancient Roman philosopher, Seneca.

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the ruler as useful”   

The important word here being USEFUL

While listening to his little god talk we felt as if we were watching an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neigborhood or Romper Room. We actually forget for a moment that he was speaking to an audience of adults. Could Huckabee have been more condescending to the American people?

Perhaps it is naive of us to think that good leaders should elevate the people instead of keeping them down.

If there is a Hell, we hope you rot in it, Huckabee.

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Creationist Of The Month Club – Mister December 2007

Many people think the entertainment industry only pimps for liberal politicians. But here’s Chuck Norris, “B” movie star extraordinaire, backing Mike Huckabee, an ultra-conservative creationist Christian. Walker: Texas Ranger is now Wacko: Texas Ranger.

Chuck thinks he’s a tough guy, on and off screen. But we laugh at his tough guy act. Ha! Ha! Ha! A real tough guy is someone like Charles Darwin, who voyaged around the world on a tiny ship for five years, at a time when death and disease were normal experiences for travelers. Now that’s tough. 

So, we honor Chuck Norris as creationist of the month for December 2007. Not only does he publicly denounce evolution, he also advocates the Bible being used as a textbook in public schools. But here’s Chuck’s scientific opinion on evolution: 

“… But here’s what I really think about the theory of evolution: It’s not real. It is not the way we got here. In fact, the life you see on this planet is really just a list of creatures God has allowed to live. We are not creations of random chance. We are not accidents. There is a God, a Creator, who made you and me. We were made in His image, which separates us from all other creatures.”

Those are Chuck’s words as they appear on the ICR (Intitute For Creation Research) website and the conservative crap site, World Net Daily News.

We guess Chuck really is “pushing the Earth down” by helping to keep America’s youth ignorant and stupid.   

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Creationist Stabs Young Scientist To Death

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Here’s a picture of real human blood from a real crime scene (not related to this story), so we can all better imagine the murder of a human being.

The news story is from New South Wales, Australia, where an irrational creationist (as if there were any other kind) decided to stab to death a young biomedical student with whom he had been arguing about evolution. The Christian Fundamentalist, Alexander York, aged 33, had been engaged in a heated debate with the scientist, Rudi Boa, aged 28, and his girlfriend, Gillian Brown.

You always know you’ve won an argument when the other side picks up a weapon. The only problem is that they now want to hurt you.

Some scientists, like Richard Dawkins, don’t see any value in debating creationists. I guess they don’t want to debate creationists for the same reason they don’t want to debate rabid monkeys.

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Planet Of The Egotistical Apes

Tarzan, Jane, and Son

By the power invested in me by the natural world, I now pronounce you man and ape. You may kiss the bride. Smootchie! Smootchie! Enjoy the honeymoon.

(According to a recent study chimps are better than humans at short term memory recall.)

Of course, the evolutionary link between human and ape is a major thorn in the ass of creationists. Some are known to actually proclaim, “I ain’t descended from no monkey”. Darwinians reflexively respond with the DNA evidence, which indicates a 98.89% genetic similarity between humans and chimps. Creationists scoff. But I think part of the problem is a lack of perspective on the part of creationists. In chapter 6 of his book, “The Descent of Man”, Charles Darwin wrote about the classification of humans as special. He said:

“If man had not been his own classifier, he would never have thought of founding a separate order for his own reception”

Would space aliens find humans so morphologically and behaviorally distinct from apes? The anatomists of the 19th century, long before the availability of genetic analysis, saw a staggering number of similarities between the greater apes and man. Anatomist T.H. Huxley wrote extensively on the “resemblances and differences in the structure and the development of the brain in man and apes”. He noted:

“[T]hat the difference between the brain of the chimpanzee and of man is almost insignificant, when compared with that between the chimpanzee brain and that of the Lemur [the lower apes].”

The sheer weight of all the evidence, not just one portion of it, drew most 19th century investigators to conclude that man and apes share a common ancestor. But the creationist modus operandi is to isolate and mangle specific data, and to ignore the big picture. However, by posing a ‘what if’ argument we can see that the objections proffered by creationists are emotionally based and ego driven. For instance, would creationists hate evolution as much IF it showed that apes descended from humans instead of the other way round? Under such a scenario the relationship of humans to apes doesn’t sound as objectionable. Human dignity is preserved. Humans remain at the top of creation. Unfortunately, for creationists it ain’t true.

Also, how can the human species be defined objectively? Darwin noted that a distinct classification point would be difficult to establish:

“In a series of forms graduating insensibly from some-ape like creature to man as he now exists, it would be impossible to fix on any definite point when the term ‘man’ ought to be used”

We can see that only by narrowly construing the evidence and ignoring valuable biological comparisons can the creationist perspective survive.

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Turkish Creationist Delight: Harun Yahya

Check out this self-promoting creationism pimp from Turkey: Harun Yahya. The picture at the bottom of his webpage makes him look like Turkey’s version of Don Johnson. The Miami Vice, pastel-colored, sports jacket craze went out in the late 80’s, at least in the US.

Harun, an author, who’s real name is Adnan Oktar, is refered to as a “prominent Turkish intellectual”. The Jerry Falwell of the Muslim world perhaps? From his over use of the words “Darwinist” and “Evolutionist”, we would have said prominent anti-intellectual ass-hole, who takes himself way too seriously.

Google the name, Harun Yahya, and you’ll find that he’s spread all over the web like a rash. From anti-evolution to holocaust-revisionism, as an ultra-conservative Muslim, he’s got his bases covered. You’ll find his creationist videos on YouTube under the title “The Collapse of Darwinism”. They’re good for a few laughs. 

An article from the Reuters UK website explains some of Harun Yahya’s activities.

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Abort The Babies, Abort Them All

Now, before your outrage at our title reaches apoplectic levels, please consider for a moment what we have to say. We chose a deliberately provocative title for two reasons, to grab your attention, and to make a serious point. Our point is that emotion has no place in determining scientific truth. A scientific theory is valid regardless of human emotions.

Some of the same bible thumping people who object to evolution also object to sex education in the public schools. The morning after pill is one major point of dispute. The pill (actually a series of pills) is a post-sex option for women who don’t want to get pregnant, but were irresponsible in not using contraception during the sex act. It is affective up to 36 hours after. The problem is that many anti-abortion groups call the morning after pill an abortion pill. It is not.

Just like when creationists make up lies about evolution, anti-abortionists have made up this whopping lie about the morning after pill. The fact is that sperm take up to 3 days to reach to the egg. Conception is not instantaneous. Sex is not like sinking a putt on a golf course. The morning after pill prevents conception. It doe not abort a fertilized egg. The pill is useless after 36 hours.

The real issue in both cases, anti-evolution and anti-abortion, is an atmosphere of anti-intellectualism spurred on by adherence to irrational religious beliefs. People are welcome to have their own opinions, to have their own religious beliefs, but not to make up their own facts. That is where the conflict occurs. When parents prevent their children from receiving sex education or biology education our whole society suffers. Those ignorant children grow up to be ignorant adults and uniformed voters. Reality is not evil, it just is. It’s what we do with reality which is evil.

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Vote For Huckabee, The Ignorant Troglodyte

Watch the video. It’s horribly sad and terrifying. And it’s set in the 21st century. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who’s actually leading the republican polls, equated believing in evolution with godlessness. Isn’t that a slap in the face of all those who accept modern science and believe in a god? Not that they don’t need slapping. Ha Ha. And wasn’t citizen Huckabee clever when he dodged the question about the age of the Earth? Obviously, he didn’t want to offend the young-Earth creationists and their delicate sensibilities. Not that they don’t need offending.

We’ve decided. We dislike Huckabee, a lot. Many people call him charming and sincere. However, we don’t care about such shallow qualifications. He’s a major hypocrite. He’s happy to use his faith as a campaign tool, but he finds a question on evolution inappropriate. He said:

It’s interesting that that questions would even be asked of someone running for president. I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for an 8th grade science book. I’m asking for the opportunity to be president of the United States.

As a college graduate, if he cannot make a contribution to an 8th grade science text, he’s simply not qualified to be president of the United States. Come on, it’s the 8th grade. We’re also pretty sure that if one of Huckabee’s fellow candidates were an atheist, he would make their lack of faith a disqualifying point. He wants candidates vetted for belief in god, but not belief in science. Such unabashed and shameless creationism stinks of cynicism and callowness.

Many politicians have their fingers on the pulse of America 24/7. What the majority of Americans believe, they believe. They’re mindless opportunists. If Huckabee is a spineless self-seeker, that’s a good reason not to vote for him. On the other hand, if he really believes what he says about evolution, then he’s an anti-intellectual troglodyte, a great reason not to vote for him. His comments on Creation speak volumes:

How did he do it, when did he do it, and how long did he take? I don’t honestly know.

He did it, and that’s what’s important.

Spreading the seeds of apathy is characteristic of the creationist mentality. Don’t ask burdensome questions, just believe. A fine message to be sending to the youth of America. Just what we need, another President who prefers not to ask questions. We get the feeling Huckabee isn’t a big reader either.

From the way he mispronounced the the word “primate”, we think he’s a sincere creationist. We also think he would set America’s educational standards back even farther than they already are, if he were elected. Every time the leadership in Washington even tacitly supports creationism, wackos all over the US take that as a starting signal for their movement to force intelligent design creationism or regular old creationism into the public schools. It’s also pressure for biology teachers to water down the evolution curriculum. A vote for Huckabee is a step backwards in time, to the Dark Ages.

 

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