Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ben Stein thinks Guns kill people, not people kill people

At least that's what I have to believe after reading "Why Darwinism is so Dangerous" in the Christian Post. I mean what else would you think after a line like "Stein pointed out that Darwinian teaching on natural selection and random mutation "led in a straight line to the holocaust and Nazism." Darwin wasn't alive at this point and that anyone can take any theory they like and use it to justify the worst actions in human history. How many acts of evil have been perpetrated by people for religious reasons? The belief that "God is on my side" can do, and has done, tremendous damage throughout history. Does anyone really think Darwin's theories drove Nazi behavior?

"Darwinism taught that "you owe it to the superior race to kill the inferior race," he told reporters." is another line! Darwin never taught that, NEVER! Darwin taught that any change in an organism that could enhance survival could propagate throughout a species. He explained what had happened and started the ball rolling on how it happened. He never advocated wholesale murder! Damn the depths people will go to protect their little narrow view of the world!

Plus he also has not clue what Evolution really is, in this statement he confused Abiogenesis for Evolution. "Stein said he finds it problematic that Darwinism, which he feels leaves a lot of questions unanswered, is being touted in the academic and scientific circles as the only rational explanation on how life began." No, Evolution is the BEST explanation for what we have learned about how changed over millions and billions of years. That's all it is. It has held up under 150 years of scientific scrutiny and has been supported by a multitude of other scientific disciplines. Abiogenesis is a hypothesis, not a theory, and it is not part of the Modern Synthesis Theory of Evolution. But let's not get confused by the facts as we read on.

"Who created these laws that keeps the planets in motion?" asked Stein. "These are fundamental questions" where Darwinism lacks explanations." No, first he starts with an assumption, that there is a who. Science only cares about the how and the what. Darwin never tried to answer his question and science has no plans to answer it.

Apparently his film supposedly focuses on Free Speech, which after reading the first part of this article I sincerely doubt. "The current system doesn't allow open dialogue, according to the makers of “Expelled.” The film highlights a number of educators and scientists who are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired in some cases for the fact that they believe there is evidence of “design” in nature or challenging the Darwinian orthodoxy." Are they being ridiculed, sure why not! I laugh at Michael Behe and William Dembski and their arguments all the time. Are some being denied tenure, sure are! Like Professor Gonzales, at Iowa State, because he FAILED TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF TENURE! If his support of Intelligent Design caused him to fail in fulfilling his obligations, it's not free speech that is an issue, it's Professor Gonzales' own fault for not making the grade. Now let's look at the opposite side of the coin. Chris Comer in Texas, got fired for forwarding an email about a presentation by Barbara Forrest. Sure, slap an FYI on a presentation about a subject within your job description and you get canned by the Christian Fundamentalist Creationist who head your state school board. Oh, but will Ben Stein mention that? Chris Comer was doing her job and got fired, Professor Gonzales wasn't doing his and he gets denied tenure. No parallels there.

I have little to no respect for Ben Stein if this is how he supposedly explores a potentially interesting subject. He apparently doesn't understand Free Speech, or he would have picked a different subject. Yea, He'll be in that line, the one with folks waiting to get into heaven. I'll wave as I go past.

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