While we’re waiting for some entertaining news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism, we’ll mention a few items that you might find interesting:
1 You may recall our mentioning that on 04 June in Washington DC there would be an event that calls itself the Reason Rally. That’s their website. They said it’ll be “the biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history.”
It’s not the sort of thing we write about here, but we did mention it when there was a creationist connection. In Ken Ham Explains Atheism, we gave you ol’ Hambo’s view of things. And before that, in Ray Comfort Is Giving His Book Away, we told you that Comfort was planning to crash the event to promote his book.
We found some news about that at a creationist website: Ray Comfort Clashes With Police Over Atheist Outreach. They say:
Filmmaker and author Ray Comfort has to revise his outreach plans to atheists, according to Washington, D.C., police — or face arrest. … Comfort reported, “[My plans] constituted a protest and therefore we needed a permit to gather. We would have to stay at the other end of the National Mall, and they said that if we persisted to approach atheists to speak with them we would be arrested.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s a recent news story about the event: Thousands of atheists gather for ‘Reason Rally’ in Washington, D.C.. They say it “drew about 15,000 to 20,000, less than 30,000 organizers were predicting.” Apparently there were no riots or other disruptions, or the thing would have attracted more news coverage.
2 At ol’ Hambo’s website they just posted Is the Sun Shrinking? It’s about an old creationist clunker that has long been debunked. There are a few entries about it at the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims, for example: A shrinking sun indicates a young sun. Hambo’s creation scientists say the shrinking Sun argument is one that creationists shouldn’t use, however, their post ends with this:
Does the nuclear source of the sun indicate that the sun is billions of years old? Not at all. A nuclear energy source merely means that the sun could last for billions of years, but not that the sun is necessarily that old. … This could be evidence of God’s design in the sun.
3 Finally, we bring to your attention something that all of you probably learned long ago, but which never gets mentioned. The element uranium was named after — yes, you know — the Seventh Planet, the one that dare not speak its name.
That’s all we’ve got so far, and therefore we hereby declare another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, or even astrology, theology, mythology, and sociology — 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.
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