I almost feel bad for Creationists. They try so hard to be credible but their explanations too often hit a wall of reality and they’re forced to find a way around it without sounding like crazy people. It never works, of course.
Just take a look at this new “research” paper put out by Nathaniel T. Jeanson of the Institute for Creation Research. Jeanson is a Harvard Medical School graduate who seems to knows how evolution works… but actively denies its truth. What’s shocking is that he acknowledges the strength of evolution (with references to published scientific papers)… and then tosses in references to the Bible to make his paper worthless.
The evolutionary model is so robust that it leads to predictions of molecular function. Under the assumptions of this model, species will grow more and more distant molecularly over time, unless some natural force constrains random variation. For proteins that have evolved differences rapidly, evolutionists predict that these proteins have fewer functional constraints than proteins which have evolved differences slowly (Futuyma 2009).
This conundrum intensifies when considering hierarchical sequence patterns. For example, different species of Drosophila are more genetically distant from one another (Drosophila 12 Genomes Consortium 2007) than humans and chimpanzees are from one another (again, debates over the precise sequence identity notwithstanding [Bergman and Tomkins 2012; The Chimpanzee Sequencing and Analysis Consortium 2005; Tomkins 2011; Tomkins 2013; Tomkins and Bergman 2012; Wood 2006a]). Yet, the Drosophila species likely share a common ancestor since they belong to the same biological family (Wood 2006a), whereas humans and chimpanzees clearly have separate ancestries (Genesis 1:26–28). Why would differences between the related species exceed differences between unrelated ones?
Ah, yes. Genesis. That peer-reviewed publication cited by real scientists everywhere.
In 2001, journalist Larry Getlen sat down with comedian extraordinaire George Carlin for the interviews that lasted a total of five hours. It culminated, at the time, into a one-page collection of quotations for Esquire magazine.
Now, more than five years after Carlin’s death, Getlen has released an edited book of their full conversation, one that will make you want to revisit his classic bits all over again.
In the excerpt below, the two discuss Carlin’s early experiences with religion:
Humanist Told He Can’t Give Invocation at County Meeting because the ‘Ministerial Association’ Didn’t Recommend Him
Just over a week ago, Joe Beck, founder of the Humanists of the Treasure Coast in Florida, asked if he could deliver the invocation at an upcoming meeting of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners.
What do you think would happen if you were caught adding figurines such as these to a U.S. nativity scene?
I believe your gesture would be, um, underappreciated.
But one person’s grave insult is another person’s hallowed tradition, and so it is with the caganer, or pooper — a defecating character that the Catalan people of Spain have been adding to their Christmas displays for hundreds of years.
It was created by LeRoy High School Class of 1943 graduate Carl Gustafson and initially included the phrase “In God We Trust” on the spine of the book. However, Superintendent Jim Ganger and the board of education decided to remove it after hearing concern from some community members.
Last night, Stephen Colbert mocked Fox News’ coverage of the “War on Christmas” (apparently, a Festivus pole is ruining it) and even threw in a little support for a claim made by Dave Silverman that “Christianity stole the season from the solstice”:
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!
I don’t know what’s worse: That this guy is pretending to be someone (I sincerely hope) he’s not, or that he’s doing it on behalf of Jesus:
Catholic Church in Australia Paid $43,000,000 in Hush Money; Tone-Deaf Church Lawyer Quotes Scripture At Hearing
During Monday’s hearing of the Australian commission that investigates child sex abuse, it emerged that Australia’s Catholic Church has paid at least $43,000,000 in hush money to victims of pedophile clergy members.
It’s easy to miss the significance. This money wasn’t a settlement. The Church paid it on the express condition that priests’ misdeeds would be kept secret. And not just secret as in “out of the public eye”:
In some cases, victims were not even allowed to tell their husbands, wives or children about the secret settlements negotiated through the church’s controversial Towards Healing process.
Which doesn’t sound much like “healing” at all.
My Atheist Husband and I Have Seven Kids, Four of Whom Were Adopted, and We’re Raising Them As Happy Freethinkers
This is a guest post by Veronica Chenik Gilmore.
“You are so blessed”
“You’re an angel”
“Are you Catholic?”
“Are they all yours?”
“God Bless you”
These statements are just a sampling of what people say to my husband and me when they find out we have seven children.
We have a blended family — three biological children and four who came to us from Tennessee through an interstate adoption program. Strangers and casual acquaintances step into our circle to celebrate our “good deed” as if we’re doing something to please God. These well-intentioned people have no clue that we are hiding something very important from them: our identity as atheists.
Most people assume it was our faith that led us to adopt. But after hearing all sorts of mischaracterizations and faulty conclusions about who we are, it’s time for me to speak up. We’re not religious and we’re adoptive parents.
AFA’s Bryan Fischer Redefines the Word ‘Religion,’ Says First Amendment Was Meant to Protect Christians Only
“If religion means anything other than Christianity, we have no way to stop Islam or satanism,” is the title of this video. At 2:30, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, discussing the First Amendment, concludes that
“By ‘religion,’ the founders were thinking of Christianity. So the purpose was to protect the free exercise of the Christian faith. It wasn’t about protecting anything else.”
Just When You Think You’ve Seen Everything… Comes the Craziest, Most Baffling War-on-Christmas Commercial Yet
Before you play this, a warning: Don’t use headphones except at low volume, and don’t turn your speakers up too high. Seriously.
Just before the final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney last year, American Atheists paid for this ad to be driven around Boca Raton, Florida, where the debate was being held:
The ad referenced two doctrines of the Mormon faith — one, that black people were forbidden from entering the priesthood until 1978, and second, that sexually-active gay people are still banned from the church altogether.
Let me repeat that first part: Black people were forbidden from entering the priesthood until 1978. 1978!
It’s a fact echoed in the lyrics to “I Believe” in the musical “The Book of Mormon”:
I Believe; that Satan has a hold of you
I Believe; that the Lord, God, has sent me here
And I Believe; that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people!
You can be a Mormon
A Mormon who just believes!
It’s one of those things you can’t sweep under the rug. It was blatant racism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has never really owned up to it.
Until now, anyway.
Time magazine announced this morning that its Person of the Year was Pope Francis:
But what makes this Pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. People weary of the endless parsing of sexual ethics, the buck-passing infighting over lines of authority when all the while (to borrow from Milton), “the hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed.” In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church — the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world — above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors. John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology. Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and literature teacher.
The Church finally found a way to shine a shit. But is Pope Francis deserving of the title?