Cameron and Comfort vandalize the Origin of Species Nov. 19
If a similar thread has already been started, my apologies in advance. I'm happy to have my post moved there. I couldn't find one dedicated to this topic in my search, so here goes...
I'm sure many of you have heard of the plans being made by our old pals, Kirk "no transitional fossils" Cameron and Ray "banana guy" Comfort, to distribute 50,000 copies of Darwin's Origin of Species at some "top 50 universities" around the United States on November 19 of this year... great, right? Spreading knowledge for free? What cool guys! But wait, there's more! THIS version, THEIR version, will contain a 50-page introduction, written by Comfort himself, encouraging readers to consider "alternative theories" to evolution. Yes, that means creationism. Although I know of no copies of this introduction being leaked as of yet, their promotional video, widely available, indicates that it will rehash all the same, tired creationist chestnuts- "Evolution is 'just a theory'", "Hitler was an atheist," "Darwin was a christian," just to name a few.
This is, what some might call, "fractally wrong": wrong at every possible level of examination, only to reveal more wrongness the closer it is studied.
After hearing of this, I realized I have kept my atheism in the closet just about long enough. It's one thing to tolerate the Sunday morning traffic jams without raising a fuss- but I have a hard time with the idea of knowingly letting these jagoffs get away with vandalizing the foundational document of one of the most important advances in our understanding of the natural world. What if Richard Dawkins were to release and freely distribute to students a revision of the Holy Bible, with a 50 page "introduction" examining its well-documented contradictions and historical inaccuracies, followed by a list of its endorsements of everything from genocide, domestic violence, animal cruelty and homophobia, to rape, racism and slavery?
Well, my guess is that a lot would happen- but I doubt there'd be one christian group in the country that wouldn't be taking to the streets with pitchforks.
This attempt by Cameron and Comfort, to deliberately misinform, misrepresent, and flat-out lie to students should not be tolerated by anyone who even remotely cares about the advancement of rational thought and the proliferation of science. I began this topic in the hopes of culling ideas as to how best we can protest this desperate, but well-funded, affront to knowledge.
I am not an activist by nature. But this really, really pisses me off. Does anyone know of any protests, regional or national, online or off, against this event? How can we take the wind out of their sails? What's a self-respecting atheist to do?
Thanks for reading...
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