Pre-Halloween Free Fire Zone

Next weekend is Halloween — or, as the creationists probably think of it, Evolution Night. Jack Chick has a comic book warning against it — see
Jack Chick and Halloween — 2011.

We can’t find much news to write about, but there’s this from ol’ Hambo: Date to Be Announced for the Opening of the Life-Size Ark. Hambo is announcing that on 12 November, he’ll be announcing the date when his long-awaited Ark Park will open. We’ve never seen an announcement of the date for making an announcement of a date before. Ol’ Hambo is a master at creating suspense.

As long as we’re babbling aimlessly, here’s a letter-to-the-editor from a preacher that’s so bad it didn’t make it into our collection: That biblical account. The rev thinks Genesis makes much more sense than what science says.

Okay, that’s all we’ve got. Now it’s up to you to keep things going. Therefore, we declare another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

Hey — we’ll even expand on the suggested subjects: you can also talk about astrology, theology, mythology, and sociology.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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10 responses to “Pre-Halloween Free Fire Zone

  1. There’s a very useful article on the best stratagems for dealing with science denial here. Of course, it’s likely to infuriate not just the creationists and AGW-deniers and antivaxxers but also anyone who subscribes to ideologically driven economics.

  2. Something puzzles me about Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and other fundamentalists who insist on imposing their version of Christian values on their fellow citizens. They claim Jesus is their personal savior, a compassionate friend who absolves them of wrongdoing and rescues them from the punishment they deserve. At the same time they expect him to act like an entirely different kind of god, tribal instead of personal, vindictive instead of compassionate.

    They believe they must not allow their fellow citizens to follow their own consciences, but instead must compel them to observe their tribe’s strict taboos, the violation of which they call “sin.” Their god is always looking for excuses to vent his wrath on sinners. What terrifies fundamentalists and motivates them to violate the liberty of their fellow citizens is that he chooses not to aim that wrath like a sniper, at individual sinners. He carpet-bombs whole jurisdictions with floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, or other catastrophes.

    The attitude “I intend to follow my own conscience and force you to follow it too” violates the commandment that Christians are to treat other people the way they themselves would prefer to be treated. It also fails to live up to the example of tolerance Jesus set when he ate with tax collectors and sinners—behavior that scandalized Jesus’ fundamentalist co-religionists, the Pharisees.

    If that version of Jesus were around today, no doubt he would scandalize Kim Davis and her tribe by attending a same-sex wedding. Being a carpenter rather than a baker, he probably would not bake a cake. He might miraculously cater the wine, though.

  3. @Retired Prof

    Too right: the whole point of the Parable of the Good Samaritan is surely exactly as you say.

  4. @Retired Prof:

    100% in agreement with realthog. Well-stated.

  5. I’ve seen an old quote (?) by Isaac Asimov used recently.

    “creationists are stupid, lying people who are not to be trusted in any way.’ And that all of their ‘points are equally stupid, except where the creationists are outrightly lying”[7]

    7 L. Asimov, “Is Big Brother watching?,The Humanist 44(4):6–10, 1984

    First, I love the way every citation has been for “L” Asimov, showing a common origin. It also shows these people have not read the article “Is Big Brother Watching”. Has anyone here? It is not available online.
    How close to accurate is this quote?

  6. @The whole truth:
    I wonder what these percentages mean. What numbers does one get when running the same analysis between (1) two humans (2) two chimpanzees (3) a chimp and a bonobo (i.e. two members of the same “kind”) (4) a modern human and a Neanderthal.
    Then we can get an idea of what “micro”evolution can do.

  7. @surprisesaplenty: The Humanist magazine’s online archives only go back to 2006, so there’s no really easy way to check the authenticity of Isaac Asimov’s quote.

  8. The whole truth

    Hi Tom, I don’t know the answers to your questions but Aceofspades25 may be able to answer them if you ask him at reddit.