Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Agape round-up: push back
News from the "Defending the Faith" conference in Florida:
"Communistic evolution, according to the Senate committee that examined it, is responsible for 135 million deaths in peacetime," [Dr. D. James Kennedy
] said. "There's no religion that has a tiny fraction of that many deaths on it conscience." And it is amazing, he added, that evolution -- despite its widespread acceptance -- has no scientific basis. "There are scientists who will admit that there's not one iota of scientific evidence to support it."
Blaming evolution for totalitarian regimes is nonsense. If it weren't, I'd still take the 135 million deaths over ignorance. Not self-imposed religious ignorance, but scientific ignorance. If the scientific mind is responsible for 135 million deaths, how many lives has it saved? Worried about the plague
? How about a pandemic flu
I assume Dr. Kennedy doesn't reject all science -- just the science he finds spiritually inconvenient.
From this article
we learn of a conference in Florida to reassert the literal truth of the Bible (as interpreted by the majority of present-day fundamentalist Christians -- who, it seems, deem flat earth-ists and geocentrists to be "kooks"). Boy, howdy, do they have an answer for everything. Did you know that there were only 8,000 types of animals that Noah needed to bring on the ark? That includes 55 different kinds of dinosaurs. Horses, zebras and donkeys are all "descended from the horse-like 'kind'", so they count as one. Likewise dogs, wolves, and coyotes. And sauropods. Just to be comfortable, Noah brought juvenile brachiosauruses
. Sounds pretty faithless to me. Noah should've brought adult dinosaurs just to heighten the glory of the miracle. After all, God was mad at Moses
for stealing his thunder and made Gideon
leave soldiers behind to hog the glory.
A question for astronomers. How do you know that the all the stars in the sky are more than 6,000 light years away? Have you ever been to one of them?
We also learn that An American Tale begat The Simpsons which begat Beavis and Butt-head which begat South Park, all of which makes SpongeBob his own worst enemy. Or something. Apparently, anything drawn by hand is meant for kids and must conform to one person's standards of decency. Fortunately for Jane Jimenez, it's her standard. Because according to the Hammer standard of decency, no one is allowed to write "Disney animated feature cartoon" unless she can explain what an unanimated cartoon would look like.