Christians regularly tell me I’m headed for hell for being a freethinker. But when I try to imagine this fiery underworld, my mind falls short, and all I see is spending an eternity with them –an army of pious brain-dead conservative robots, dressed in matching polyester outfits, oafishly shuffling about under twinkling chandeliers and gaudy lighting, to the most insidious, elevator music ever conceived. It’s an intellectually barren world where the only shape is a square. I’m afraid even considering its existence. Now, peer into my hell, if you dare.
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John McCain is a temporal anchor on American politics, and he’s dragging the rest of us back in time to the Vietnam era when black & white militaristic thinking got us bogged down in an unwinnable war. Oh, wait. I think I’m confusing him with the present day incarnation of John McCain who helped get us bogged down in Iraq. Perhaps, John McCain is Dr. Who, and enjoys sticking his big nose in other people’s business because he has a god complex. Ever since the US presidential election, I have to admit I can’t recognize the real John McCain. For example, does he support nation building or not?
Yes, why don’t we publicly take sides in Iran and further fan the flames of Islamic extremists? Then all we’ll need is a fatheaded congressman suggesting we send a team of advisers to Iran to help the protesters liberate the country. Apparently, someone in the US State Department already made a play and requested that Twitter delay its site maintenance so the Iranian people could still communicate their protest strategy.
I long for the day when politicians will sit twiddling their thumbs, not thinking about how to spread democracy around the world. Aren’t their domestic plates full enough?
Let’s gain some wisdom from the story of an ancient Roman politician named Cinna in his campaign for power:
They contributed money and military forces, and he was joined by many more people, including some of those who were influential at Rome, who found political stability not to their taste.
From The Civil Wars by Appian
Does an old, war dog like John McCain live for peace or conflict? I wonder.
In a Newsweek opinion peice from September 27th, writer Lisa Miller, “argues against the atheists”. The column is called “Belief Watch”, and Miller’s apologetic scribblings do the vacuous nature of religious belief complete justice. She begins by arguing that atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are unfamiliar with real believers.
First, if 90-odd percent of Americans say they believe in God, it’s unhelpful to dismiss them as silly. Second, when they check that “believe in God” box, a great many people are not talking about the God the atheists rail against—a supernatural being who intervenes in human affairs, who lays down inexplicable laws about sex and diet, punishes violators with the stinking fires of hell and raises the fleshly bodies of the dead.
When over fifty percent of Americans believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis, what are we atheists supposed to think? If we include all Christians worldwide, particularly the ones in poorer Catholic and Eastern Orthodox nations, the percentage is probably much higher. This doesn’t take into account the non-democratic Islamic nations, where Western ideas are spat upon, and where basic education is limited to males, and where people are threatened into believing in the all-powerful Allah. So, the actual number of believers in an angry, vengeful, and intervening god is probably much much higher than even Lisa Miller cares to imagine.
Apologetics is a form of faith; it’s faith in faith. Miller finishes her paper-thin argument by hauling in the invisible sacred cow.
Submitting faith to proof is absurd. Reason defines one kind of reality (what we know); faith defines another (what we don’t know). Reasonable believers can live with both at once.
Reasonable believers? Can reason and faith coexist? And how can faith define the unknown? Isn’t the unknown, by its very definition, indefinable? Here, Miller’s mental gymnastics are Olympic quality. And most believers would likely take great offense to her reducing their unshakable faith to an algebraic X. Personally, I prefer to think of all faith simply as a Y.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rejected the Institute for Creation Research’s bid ” to offer an online master’s degree in science education”. Basically, the ICR’s credit is no good, and teachers who only have an ICR degree are not qualified to teach in public schools.
Citing the group’s teaching of creationism rather than evolution in its science curriculum, Dr. Paredes said it was clear the school [ICR] would not adequately prepare its graduates to teach the scientific principles now required in Texas public schools.
“Evolution is such a fundamental principle of contemporary science it is hard to imagine how you could cover the various fields of science without giving it [evolution] the proper attention it deserves as a foundation of science,” he said.
“Religious belief is not science. Science and religious belief are surely reconcilable, but they are not the same thing.”
How beautifully honest is that language? Raymund A. Paredes is the commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Most often government officials tap dance around evolution and creationism with soft appeasing words, so as not to offend anyone. An example is John McCain and his stupid fence sitting answer at last year’s Republican Debate. So I have to applaud Raymund for getting to the crux of the matter.
Credit also has to go to the Texas Citizens for Science.
Before the vote, the board heard comment from several persons, most of whom urged rejection of the proposal. Among them was Steven Schafersman, president of Texas Citizens for Science, who said the ICR was a Christian ministry rather than a science organization that was primarily interested in promoting pseudoscience.
Pseudoscience doesn’t spread when good people do something.
February 12th is Charles Darwin’s birthday (Feb 12, 1809 – April 19, 1888). And people world wide are celebrating his life and remembering his achievements. Unfortunately the average person seems to know very little about Darwin and his work. Creationists systematically slander the man without actually having read any of his books. And public school teachers are forced to expose their students to dry factoids and poorly written textbooks. But there is much more to the fascinating history of evolutionary biology and its founder. Countless resources are available online for those who have an interest in learning more about Charles Darwin the man, the explorer, the naturalist, and, of course, the scientist. Here are just a few:
Check the web and see if a university near you is hosting an event.
HAPPY DARWIN DAY TO YOU ALL!
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.”
We guess Chuck really is “pushing the Earth down” by helping to keep America’s youth ignorant and stupid.
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.