THE situation we described in Creationism in Northern Ireland is being widely discussed on the internet. Northern Ireland’s culture minister, Nelson McCausland, wants the Ulster Museum to include information about creationism and intelligent design. He says that the inclusion of anti-Darwinian theories in the museum is “a human rights issue.”
When a politician makes a world-class jackass of himself, it’s only natural that there should be a rollicking response. McCausland has made himself a target, so now he’ll have to bear the inevitable barrage of mockery he has provoked.
We found an intelligent column with some especially amusing commentary, so we’ll bring a few excerpts to your attention. It’s titled Could Nelson’s idea be the start of something?, by Malachi O’Doherty, a journalist, author, and broadcaster in Northern Ireland. It appears in the Belfast Telegraph. The bold font was added by us:
In short, if Mr McCausland wants the museum to offer discussion of intelligent design theory, let them do it. There are a lot of people among us who believe that religion can still hold out against scientific discovery. They would have been on the side of the Pope against Galileo and they still think they can refute Darwin.
Presumably, what follows is about the “fine tuning” argument that claims the universe is designed:
If they are hopeful that intelligent design restores the Christian explanation of the Universe to them, then they may be well-served by having the full case and its implications laid out for them.
The problem for creationists is that their argument, if won, might only establish that an intelligence initiated the big bang. For all they know, that intelligent being might have been killed in the blast.
Hey, that’s funny! The author continues to discuss the cosmic fine tuner:
He, she or it may reside still in another universe and have lost all interest in this one. There are no grounds for supposing that that being knows about us, or has benign intentions towards us.
There are no grounds even for supposing that it is an infinite deity. There may be another universe in which children spark off big bangs with their chemistry sets. They may not even know that they are doing it.
They will live in a different timeframe, so our whole span of existence in this universe may be just a blink to them. The problem for intelligent design freaks is that they don’t read enough science fiction.
Those are the best lines, in our humble opinion. But the whole thing is worth a read. Click over there and check it out.
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