Martin Luther; The Man, The Myth, The Creationist

31 07 2006

Here’s an interesting article which attempts to disprove the theory of evolution in favor of intelligent design by showing that Martin Luther rejected evolution and would only accept the account of creation found in the book of Genesis.

Scripture deals with major aspects for both the visible and invisible parts of creation. Scripture therefore is a greater authority than science, he argued. Martin Luther’s grasp of the scientific method was far ahead of his time.

While it would be almost impossible to count the flaws in this argument, the two most glaring ones are:

1. Darwin would publish his Origins of Species 342 years after Luther nailed his thesis on the doors of the church.

2. If we could cite the scientific ideas of any age as proof of natural phenomenon today, the earth would still be flat, doctors would still be ‘bleeding’ patients, and all of the technology of today wouldn’t exist.

It must be weird to want something to be true so badly that you’re willing to lie, cheat, and ignore logic so blatantly. But if that’s what makes them happy, who am I to argue?

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Video Game Violence Kills Scores in Minnesota

31 07 2006

A federal judge has thrown out a pending Minnesota law that would fine minors for buying mature rated video games.  I’m sure Hilary Clinton and Joe Lieberman are furious – which amuses me.  Attorney General Mike Hatch did a job showcasing the kind of backward thinking that lead to this law’s conception:

There’s been some pretty good evidence that children who use these excessively violent video games really learn inappropriate behavior and they’re rewarded for inappropriate behavior – how many people do you kill and things like that.

See how he subtly slipped from talking about about the inappropriate behavior of some children to talking about video games rewarding players for inappropriate behavior?  It’s like he was trying to say that in real life, children are rewarded for inappropriate behavior, or that in video games children have to learn inappropriate behavior before they’re rewarded for it. 

I think that blurring the line between inappropriate behavior in the game and inappropriate behavior in real life is something that must be avoided.  And yet that seems to be the only argument the proponents of the bill can make.  Maybe the problem is that they can’t see the difference between fantasy and reality – not that the children can’t.





The Answers are in Genesis – The Truth However . . .

30 07 2006

My new favorite website, http://www.answersingenesis.org, has a great FAQ section about the bible, and genesis in particular.  I was flipping through channels on TV and stopped briefly on one of those religious channels where a preacher was talking about Noah’s ark and had a scale drawing of it showing the ark, the humans, and the dinosaurs that were on it. . . Here’s what answersingenesis.org has to say about it:

Furthermore, not all dinosaurs were huge like the Brachiosaurus, and even those dinosaurs on the Ark were probably “teenagers” or young adults.

Well, they’ve convinced me!  I think the very idea of ‘bull shit’ came around about the same time that fundamentalist Christians came about.  No doubt I’ll have more gems from answersingenesis.org soon.

Link.





The Easter Groundhog

30 07 2006

“Easter is the day that Jesus came out of his tomb, saw his shadow, and promised us 2000 more years of war.”

Quote of the day, by Drew





Coulter on Race Relations

29 07 2006

Watch this video and feel sad that such hate mongering is allowed to go on (intellectually, not physically).  “We need oil.  Why not go to war just for oil?”  Oh Ann . . . I need you to stop polluting the minds of frightened Americans . . . does that mean you think I should kill you?  And as far as her theory on racial profiling goes . . . I wish there was a time in American history that we could’ve learned that racism wasn’t good for anyone.  I have to admit though, I do use racial profiling on a daily basis.  Whenever I see some white woman approach a microphone I run like hell.





The Minimum Wage and the Millionaires Saved

29 07 2006

The Republicans are up to their old tricks again, this time attaching a tax break for millionaires to a bill that would increase the minimum wage.  This way the bill gets defeated and they can say that they tried.  I’d like a Republican to respond to a question asked by Rep. Steve LaTourette (R) who asked, “How can you defend $5.15 an hour in today’s economy?”  That’s a good question.  Link.





Why Sally . . . What are you doing with that DVD?!?!?!

29 07 2006

Whose fault is it that more than 13 percent of Timken’s girls are with child? Some would say fault-finding isn’t a fruitful exercise, but in this case, it’s critical. Suspects range from movies, TV and video games to lazy parents and lax discipline. Only one thing is sure: Schools don’t impregnate children.

Joystiq has a link to this Op-Ed piece from the Canton Rep.  The thing the author fails to explain however is why so many young girls are having unprotected sex with digital media. . .