atheists, civil rights, creationism, Darwinism, David Barton, Dawkins, evolution, MLK, Obama, renewed Darwinism, Rick Perry, rightwing nuttery, teabaggers
Note that the cartoon pictured at left carries the “Answers in Genesis” website. I believe that these are the same people who bring you the “Creation Museum” in Kentucky and are building the Noah’s Ark as their next “reality” project.
I am generally not a big fan of atheists, at least the mocking types. It’s all well and good to conclude that there is no proof of God and that you are content to let it be, living your life by perfectly good standards of conduct, without resort to any religious faith. I tend to be in agreement with atheists who take on the fundamentalists, because they don’t represent any kind of believing that I can understand nor accept and their actions are damaging for the most part.
I do tend to get rather pissy with atheists who lump all believers, of ANY faith into the same basket and make fun of them, such as referring to their belief in “faeries” and boogie men. It tends to belie your own faith in your own beliefs of “there is no God” when you are so insecure as that.
So, I’m not, generally speaking, a great fan of Richard Dawkins, though I certainly have no quarrel with his evolutionary statements. I find them compelling and utterly credible, as the entire field of evolution seem to be to me. But recently, Dawkins had some words for our new pal Ricky Perry and the field of GOPers who adhere to the “safe” haven of “it’s ONLY a theory.” (By the war, Al Gore points out in An Inconvenient Truth, that “it’s only a theory” is the intentional plan of attack of those who wish to confuse any issue, be it global warming or evolution.)
My thanks to Joe.My.God for the quote:
There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.” – Famed atheist Richard Dawkins, responding to Rick Perry’s denouncement of evolution.
Speaking of evolution, there is a rather fascinating book published in 2010 about what the author calls RD or “renewed Darwinism“. Paul Lawrence area of expertise is in business, and he was near retirement from the Harvard Business School when he became dissatisfied with the “agency model” of business leadership, finding that it seemed to relate only to making stockholders happy. He began to investigate other fields and found in Darwin his answer.
Lawrence posits that man is evolutionarily driven to four things: acquisition, bonding, defense, and comprehension. We are, he suggests, constantly engaged in the activity of balancing these four things. He claims that things appear out of whack now because a “few bad apples with an outsized drive to acquire and no moral conscience” have prevailed, because they have no apparent need to bond.
So far, studies looking at Lawrence’s model of leadership tend to confirm it. Those companies who exhibit a healthy balance of all four things, tend to show good results, those that don’t, don’t.
I must say I’m good. I read this headline in my reader: “Perry retreat co-host MLK deserved no credit on civil rights.” Well, I knew it could be none other than our ubiquitous TeaNutz® faux historian David Barton. Yes, Perry continues to double down in his unity with all things wingnut crazy, alienating all non-Christians and not a few Christians, and now African-Americans.
It seems that Barton is of the belief, that while MLK is a deserves a “place” in history, “Only majorities can expand political rights in America’s constitutional society.” Barton is almost too stupid to attack. I mean, dude, seriously, your “analysis” is childish.
Barton and others have done their level best to rewrite history books for Texas schools, seeking to minimize such folks as Thurgood Marshall and César Chávez. This all in an attempt to glorify white Christians, to the exclusion of all others in the history of the US.
Ya know, Jebby Bush warned ’em when he was last interviewed on Faux Noise. He said, it’s fine to criticize the President’s policies, but hey, lay off challenging his motives. But of course, no, that would not be cool would it? The National Review, long since sunk in a cesspool of what else? poo, has decided that the President’s VACATION READING FARE is not appropriate! Angry Black Lady Chronicles has the story (Not sure if they got it from Think Progress?)
- It’s a Theory That’s Out There (sydiot.com)
- The strength of Dawkins, and the murk of accommodationism (scienceblogs.com)
- Attention Governor Perry: Evolution is a fact (chasdarwin.wordpress.com)
Snoring Dog Studio said:
I’m not fond at all of the mocking atheists. I don’t mock them; I’d prefer it if they keep a civil tongue in their heads.
Perry is fast becoming a man who will never escape his past nor his present, which he continues to soil daily through his ridiculous commentaries on the economy and his role in boosting that of Texas, and in his associations with such unsavory characters who seem to have uncontrolled blurting of the most insane, idiotic, ignorant comments I’ve ever heard. Sadly, many people who will vote for him are just as idiotic and ignorant. They are wealthy Texans whose homes have been built by “those Mexicans” and other wealthy, crass fools, and then, sprinkle in the decrepit Republicans who just won’t vote for anyone but a Republican.
God help us. (Not Barton’s god, tho.)
Couldn’t have said it better myself SDS. I think sadly, my boy Perry is gonna flame out before he has done his duty and that is to lose the general election in 2012. Sigh…it would have been so grand. Barton is just a vicious lout.
Those “every knee shall bow” and “just wait until Armageddon/Hell/the Rapture/etc.” lines always remind me of the mad-scientist villains in grade-Z James-Bond-type movies. “Zey may mock now, but soon…..very soon…..I shall rule ze vorld! Bwahahahaha!”
Oh, and sorry, but religion is totally ridiculous as well as very dangerous, and I am not going to stop pointing that out at every opportunity, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. Working to eradicate religion doesn’t “belie my belief” (faith has nothing to do with it) in that, any more than working to eradicate smallpox belied scientists’ belief that smallpox was a bad thing.
Infidel, nobody here is trying to persuade you from your belief. But to not recognize that it is just that is your issue, not mine. To say that “religion is totally ridiculous” is objectively not true, since it can and does in many instances serve real good in the world. It CAN be dangerous and has been, but that is not a absolute either. Your sentiments don’t make me the least uncomfortable, frankly they bring a grin to my face. Those who “work” for the eradication of religion really dealing with other more personal issues, as are those who seek to promote it over and against those who would rather be left alone. I know tons of agnostics and a few live and let live atheists. But I draw the line at those who ridicule. It’s unnecessary, and frankly causes the very people you wish to impress with your argument, to turn away in disgust. Atheists who belittle people of faith, do so only for camaraderie it engenders among fellow travelers. That makes one feel “right”. That is what “belie my belief” means. I respect your opinion and I think you have a great blog over-all. I have visited some of the links to anti-religion posts and frankly, find most of them pretty much as stated–mouthy, mean-minded young men and women who have just learned a bunch of new swear words and are using them for shock value. Peace!
I am speechless with horror, indignation, and disgust at Rick Perry’s “rise” to fame. It is bad enough having him as gov. of TX and all the harm he’s engineered here, but to think he’d even be considered as presidential is beyond belief.
Yep, have to agree with you there Jan. No doubt we will continue to hear of all the horrors he has brought upon your state in the upcoming weeks and months. He is unelectable, plain and simple.