Creation Museum Brings Tears To Believers And Non-Believers Alike…Tears of Laughter And Horror That Is

One would probably expect that most scientists would have issues with Ken Ham’s Creation Museum, a $27 million ode to literal biblical interpretation of the beginning of the Earth. And they did.

“It’s sort of a monument to scientific illiteracy, isn’t it?” said Jerry Lipps, professor of geology, paleontology and evolution at University of California, Berkeley.

“Like Sunday school with statues… this is a special brand of religion here. I don’t think even most mainstream Christians would believe in this interpretation of Earth’s history.”

So what is the reaction from many mainstream Christians after their tour of the “museum” that Professor Lipps mentions?

Lisa Park of the University of Akron cried at one point as she walked a hallway full of flashing images of war, famine and natural disasters which the museum blames on belief in evolution.

“I think it’s very bad science and even worse theology — and the theology is far more offensive to me,” said Park, a professor of paleontology who is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

“I think there’s a lot of focus on fear, and I don’t think that’s a very Christian message… I find it a malicious manipulation of the public.”

With the above background and putting the humor/disappointment aside, what an interesting time should be had by all in Kentucky if Ken Ham accepts the invitation to tag along on the tour of his museum being attended by noted scientist and blogger PZ Myers on August 7th. Myers and a small group of his friends who will be packing a laundry list of questions for the museum proprietors and the answers to those questions will be must read material for sure.

Unlike banana man Ray Comfort’s trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History looking for the evidence of evolution,  I am disappointed that I will not be there to see it…

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Militant Atheism

Many of the blindly faithful like to throw around the term of militant atheist in response to non-believers pointing out the extremism present in most religions or when we try to exert our rights to be free from someone else’s religious views. Below is a video providing an interesting view on that subject.

So what is a militant atheist to most Christians? From what I can tell and what this video implies is that it is any atheist that has the audacity to open their mouths.

(H/T to EXchristian.net via Atheist Revolution)

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RIP Billy Mays

This has been a rough week for the famous even surpassing the old adage that they die in threes as the news has broken that obnoxious TV pitchman Billy Mays has died this morning in Florida at the age of 50.

Mays, 50, was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa, Fla., home at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry to Mays’ residence and foul play is not suspected. Authorities said an autopsy should be complete by Monday afternoon.

Mays joins Ed McMahon, Farrah Faucett, and Michael Jackson, who died earlier this week. Our TV commercials will never be the same, or as loud.

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Why Does Talent Win Out?

michael jacksonDespite being a child of the 70’s and early 80’s I never was much of a Michael Jackson fan so the news that he had died yesterday didn’t affect me much. With that being said, everything that has happened since his death with all the media attention and the amazing amount of despair from his fans causes nothing but wonder on my part.

There is no doubting the enormous talent that Jackson possessed, the millions upon millions of albums sold is a testament to that but in his later life, the utter weirdness and criminal behavior he exhibited has been the only picture most have seen from him for the better part of 2 decades. So why is this behavior having little if any effect on the millions of people whom are now heart broken over his death?

Jackson had an admitted soft spot for children (for some reason you rarely saw female children overnighting at his amusement park of a house) and thought that it was normal to sleep with young boys. He settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit with the family of one such young boy and was charged with multiple felony counts for his relationship with another but still was worshiped by fans despite polls showing that more people thought he was guilty than did OJ Simpson.

I certainly do not revel in anyone’s death but I must ask again, why the huge outpouring of sorrow for a washed up alleged pedophile that hadn’t been relevant since the 80’s?

Priests and entertainers apparently have more in common than one would think…

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Say What You Will About Values Voters, They Are Quick

As Right Wing Watch notes, whatever you think of the “Values Voters”, they are quick to wipe out any remnants of their fallen heros taking only hours to completely remove recently outed adulter Mark Sanford from the list of featured speakers at their upcoming summit.

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While the hypocrisy continues with religious right darling Sanford’s fall from grace today and John Ensign’s shenanigans last week, our popular junior Senator John Thune seems to be reaping the rewards of the scandals by moving up the GOP food chain the old fashioned way.  Everyone ahead of him is sleeping their way out of favor.

Just stay out of that GOP glass house John…

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Hypocrisy From The Religious Right, You're Joking Right?

While the South Dakota right concentrates on how the recent resignation of Republican Senator John Ensign from the #4 position in the GOP leadership will possibly leave an opening for our rising Senatorial star John Thune, the hypocrisy that drips from this whole situation remains pretty much untouched.

What hypocrisy you say? Well it seems the Senator Ensign, who just admitted having an extra-marital affair,  has a history of calling out those that didn’t live up to his high Christian morals: (which commandment covered adultery again?)

The Nevada Republican once called on President Bill Clinton to resign, declaring “the truth must come out.” In October 2007, he was sharply critical of former Sen. Larry Craig, of Idaho, calling the Republican’s arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting “embarrassing for the Senate.”

Wow a Republican politician who calls out others and then gets busted himself, what is that biblical quote about throwing stones again? Maybe it’s time for these guys to leave their overdeveloped sense of morality at the door as it seems they are having a hard time living up to it as well.

Oh and Senator Ensign, while you have given up your leadership position, when exactly will you be resigning from the Senate as that seems to be your penalty of choice for those in the past that have had some indiscretions in their closets?

Move along, no hypocrisy here…

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What Do You Say Now Dwight?

Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard was quick to thank god for the Magic’s success going so far as saying that god was the reason his team was in the finals. So now that the Magic have lost to the LA Lakers in 5 games, does that mean that god doesn’t like the Magic and Dwight Howard anymore? And why are those in the sports media not following up with Howard to ask him if he now blames god for their loss?

I know, stupid question…

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