Another Fourth of July Free Fire Zone

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It was most puzzling — there was nothing out there worth blogging about today. Then we figured out why — tomorrow is the Fourth. There’s never much creationist news at times like this. As we always do on this occasion, we ask our non-US readers to indulge us as we celebrate America’s Independence Day.

You may see some nonsense about the Fourth at creationist websites, but regardless of what they may claim, there was nothing biblical about the American Revolution. Most of the clergy opposed it — divine right of kings, you know. The bible is all about monarchy, on Earth as it is in heaven. It’s certainly no blueprint for the American Revolution, or the Constitution — see Is America a “Christian Nation”?

Speaking of creationists, we found this at the Discoveroids’ website: Celebrate July 4 with Great Reading on Intelligent Design – Now in Handy Paperbacks.

It’s just a promotion for a couple of books by Discoveroids, but you gotta see the opening paragraph:

As Americans celebrate their freedoms and their nation’s founding on July 4, Independence Day, promote independence from evolutionary dogma, and freedom of discussion about science by sharing with your friends two great books for summer reading, just out in paperback.

Independence from evolutionary dogma! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Anyway, because we’re not expecting any of our kind of news, we’ll have to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, 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.

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

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10 responses to “Another Fourth of July Free Fire Zone

  1. Derek Freyberg

    Celebrate July 4 with Great Reading on Intelligent Design – Now in Handy Tissue Packs
    – or Now on Toilet Paper Rolls, whichever you prefer.

  2. Michael Fugate

    A review of the Bruce Buff “techno-thriller”
    And an interview with the author

    That science, properly understood, points clearly to God’s existence and our spiritual nature, that rather than being an exception, the supernatural is all around us.

    I then realized that the immaterial mind challenges the Darwinian view of a completely naturalistic, unguided process as the complete explanation for human origin.

    Great stuff!

  3. Ross Cameron

    Just think. If you`d stayed with the Empire, you wouldn`t have so much trouble with creos today. 🙂

  4. I’m wondering…does anyone know why Ken Ham’s “Ark Encounter” has what looks like a giant dark smudge over a large swath of the façade?

  5. And Bruce Buff’s techno-thriller The Soul of the Matter (to be released in paperback on July 4) is a fun novel that explores the dangers of scientism to human freedom and features a visit by the main characters to Discovery Institute’s offices in Seattle!

    No can you top that for excitement!

  6. @Troy – I’ve noticed that too! It looks a lot like water damage to me. It’s really pronounced in the nighttime shots. From the construction photos I’ve seen the wooden outer skin is a very thin veneer over Tyvek. And I don’t believe they did any sort of moisture treatment to it. Search for “Ark Encounter Construction”. I’m waiting for the photos of the skin popping off! So much for “God’s Disneyland”!

  7. @Troy – I just did a bit of research. Seems the outer skin of the Ark is apparently made of a building material called Accoya, a treated wood that is intended to turn gray over time. It sure doesn’t seem to be weathering in a very attractive way, does it?

  8. Thanks Tarheelpup, no it isn’t attractive at all. When you look at concept art of the Ark Encounter the ark is depicted as a nice robust medium dark brown. I think Hambo made a mistake not controlling the appearance of the ark over authenticity in using real wood. A laminate covering would have had better water resistance and easier to control the final appearance. Considering Hambo’s propensity for prevarication he could still claim the structure was all wood.

  9. Tarheelpup: From the construction photos I’ve seen the wooden outer skin is a very thin veneer over Tyvek.

    Tyvek is polyethene, a gigantic fire hazard. I think that’s only used to keep the wood dry during construction.

    But the thought of the Ark not being water-resistant is hilaric.