Evolution trumps intelligent design 6

Here is a long video (nearly 2 hours) which is thoroughly worth watching.  Scientist Ken Miller’s lecture on evolution versus intelligent design is absorbingly interesting and often very amusing.

Continue listening into question time. One of the questioners suggests that evolutionists – and so by implication atheists – must be on the political left.

The fact that many atheists think this way, and are probably driven leftward by their non-belief in the existence of God, shows how important it is for those who think as we do to demonstrate that conservative politics fit easily with atheism.

The lecture itself carries this message in the fascinating story of a Republican judge who came down firmly on the side of those who argued for evolution.

 

Posted under Uncategorized by Jillian Becker on Monday, May 26, 2008

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  • Malcolm

    I guess it was because of the links in it. I’ve been told that Akismet assumes a high link to text ratio is an indicator of spam.

    Glad it wasn’t censorship!

    Malcolm

  • Matthew Slijyper

    Interesting, malcolm. I’ll check for your comment and ‘moderate’ it. Our spam-killing robot Akismet occasionally marks items as spam that shouldn’t be.

  • malcolm

    Hmm, I posted a comment a few days ago pointing out that the April fool story above is actually an urban myth, based on a joke from about 5 years ago, and was informed that the comment was awaiting moderation.

    Still waiting I guess. Cant see any reason for it to be censored. But if it did offend for some reason Could you let me know why?

    And FWIW Lloyd B has posted the same story to at least 5 other comment threads that I’ve seen. I guess he gets a similar Google news alert to mine.

  • malcolm

    Urban Legend!!

    This story, much loved by religionists, started life as a joke in 2001/2002, and has been circulated as true for several years.

    see:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/atheist.asp
    http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/religion/a/atheist_holiday.htm

  • Matthew Slijyper

    Ha!

    The atheist in this case was actually a fool for suing for such a frivolous reason. It’s rather like those nuts who want to remove ‘under God’ from our pledge of allegiance.

  • LloydBarrester@aol.com

    Have you heard about this case? Great answer from the judge!

    In Florida , an atheist became incensed over the preparation of Easter and Passover holidays. He decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays while atheists had no holiday to celebrate.

    The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the long passionate presentation by the lawyer, the Judge banged his gavel and declared, ‘Case dismissed!’

    The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, ‘Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and many other o bserva nces. Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah…yet my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!’

    The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said, ‘Obviously your client is too confused to even know about, much less celebrate his own atheists’ holiday!’

    The lawyer pompously said, ‘Your Honor, we are unaware of any such holiday for atheists. Just when might that holiday be, your Honor?’

    The judge said, ‘Well it comes every year on exactly the same date—April 1st! Since our calendar sets April 1st as ‘April Fools Day,’ consider that Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, in my opinion, if your client says there is no God, then by scripture, he is a fool, and April 1st is his holiday! Now have a good day and get out of my courtroom!!