Doonesbury Does Darwin

Doonesbury

Everyone is telling us about this, and it’s already posted at PZ’s blog, so we can’t resist posting it ourselves.

You can see the original strip at the Washington Post, right here: Doonesbury, by Gary Trudeau. We don’t know how long that link will be good, so click over there and take a look.

It’s good to have Gary Trudeau on the sane side of The Controversy between evolution and creationism. This can do more for the cause of reason than a thousand bloggers.

Update: See AIG Lashes Out at Doonesbury.

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13 responses to “Doonesbury Does Darwin

  1. Ha, that’s Zack Kopplin in the back of the class! Go, Zack!

  2. Monty Moose

    Well sure, if your worldview insists on evidence and facts, but I’ve got this old book here and some of it is very good advice about love, kindness, and mercy, so I’m going to trust its geology too. 🙂

  3. @Monty Moose

    The geology is so bad that even the Discoveroids don’t trust it – not the YEC or OEC versions, and certainly not the geocentrist and flat-earth versions that some insist are the correct ones. Behe, who concedes common descent, even called reading it as a science text “silly.”

    While the comic strip is nice and will, as SC says, do more than 1000 of these blogs, it grossly underestimates the deviousness of today’s scam artists. They won’t dare teach anything as easily falsified as a YEC or OEC story, but rather rattle off many long-refuted, but catchy, sound bites “designed” to promote unreasonable doubt of evolution. The refutations of those sound bites will, of course, be censorsed.

  4. …but I’ve got this old book here and some of it is very good advice about love, kindness, and mercy…

    That’s just the second part. You skipped past all the vengeance, slavery and genocide. Try reading the first half.

  5. Easy there guys … I’m pretty sure Monty was making a joke.

    On the off-change Monty wasn’t joking, that just makes it funnier.

  6. Tomato Addict says: “I’m pretty sure Monty was making a joke.”

    Looked that way to me.

  7. Monty Moose

    Hey, I included a smiley, didn’t I? For future reference, here is the Moose’s mission statement:

    YEC is crap.

  8. @Magpie 61: True, the first half is more violent, but which half had horrific execution, mutilation, and zombies? Oh no, I’m sounding religious!

  9. And I’d like to see a series of comic strip panels to illustrate how Biology 101 is typically taught (but you probably won’t allow this post to appear). Let’s see if you do…

    [Creationist link omitted]
    “Kids, welcome to Biology 101. We’re gonna learn lots of fun things in this class. We’re gonna learn how…we’re gonna cut up frogs, and we’re gonna pick flowers, and we’re gonna learn about pistils and stamens and all kinds of fun things, but the first thing you need to know, boys and girls, above all else, is that ‘You are an accident!’. You have absolutely no reason for being here! There is no meaning, no purpose to your life! You’re nothing but a meaningless conglomeration of molecules that came together purely by chance billions and billions of years ago! All the dust and the gas and the galaxy floated around for who knows how long, and they bumped into each other and they said, ‘I know. Let’s be organic!’ So they became organic. And they became little, little gooey, slimey things, you know, swimming around in the primordial soup, and they finally grew little feet, and they crawled up on the land, and they grew fur and feathers and became higher forms of life, and finally became, you know, a monkey, then the monkey developed into an ape, then the ape decided to shave, so he shaved, and became what you are today! It’s, you know, from goo to you by way of the zoo! As such we really don’t have any reason for being here. Your existence is pointless. The universe won’t mind a bit when you die. And when you die, you just become so much compost [Riiiiiing!] Oh, okay, class dismissed. Head on down the hall now, kids, down to that new class we’re starting this week on self-esteem!” –an excerpt from “What We Believe”, a presentation Frank Peretti gave at the Steeling the Mind of America conference (Vale, Colorado, 1997.)

  10. And I’d like to see a series of comic strip panels to illustrate how Biology 101 is typically taught…

    So draw one and publish it already. Who’s stopping you, David?

    The hard part, though, is making it actually funny. (Not merely bitter, longwinded and ignorant – so try to stretch a bit this time.) Perhaps you can show how a Giant Magic Invisible Elf just “poofed” everything into existence, including himself, and those baaaad old science teachers are trying to suppress the fact. (Just don’t use “The Great Pumpkin”, because that’s already been done.)

    That dirty ol’ Curmudgeon probably won’t allow this post to appear, because I like to flatter myself and imagine it’s soooo scathing. Let’s see if he does…

  11. magpie61 says:

    That dirty ol’ Curmudgeon probably won’t allow this post to appear, because I like to flatter myself and imagine it’s soooo scathing. Let’s see if he does…

    Actually, David’s been banned for a while because he keeps spamming with links to his own creationist material. But with that stuff deleted, sometimes he’s amusing. That’s why I let his latest comment get through.

  12. David, you make me wonder if I was just imagining high school biology class and what was taught. No, I remember distinctly. It was science, and even though it was back in the Dark Ages when, according to some people, religion accompanied every lesson , God was not mentioned. Mendel – yes. God – no. The silliness you claim – no. Furthermore, you aren’t really amusing….even if SC sometimes finds you so. Don’t give up your day job.

  13. Hey, David, I found your post…. zzzzzzzz.