Cameron and Comfort vandalize the Origin of Species Nov. 19

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Cameron and Comfort vandalize the Origin of Species Nov. 19

 

 Hi,

 

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.  

 

Yeah.

 

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? 

 

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Well, I would not mind

Well, I would not mind getting a free book. Is there a website where it says where they are handing out the book?

 

As far as the whole “Darwin was Christian” thing, yes he was. Apparently, the people who deal this shit are not capable of reading wikipedia. He made his seminal observations while training to be a priest. FFS!

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>>Is there a website where

>>Is there a website where it says where they are handing out the book?

 

Their promo video only refers to "50 top universities and schools".  I can find plenty of articles on the subject but haven't found any schools listed, or text from the to-be-released introduction.

 

>>As far as the whole “Darwin was Christian” thing, yes he was. Apparently, the people who deal this shit are not capable of reading wikipedia

 

Thanks for reading my post fully.  I said that Cameron and Comfort were using standard creationist rhetoric, including "Darwin was a christian", to misrepresent, AND in some cases, outright lie.  Discussing Darwin's christianity, in the context of creationism vs. evolution as they are (as many also do with his heavily debated death bed "repent" ) is a classic creationist attempt at misrepresenting Darwin as someone who may not have even believed his own theory, etc. etc. etc..   

 

Whether or not Darwin was a christian, which he was, is irrelevant to the theory of evolution.  Bringing it up in the context they do is an obvious manipulation of facts; an attempt to hoodwink people who may not know the whole story.  And, imho, in matters of creationist rhetoric that tries to distort facts, a partial truth is a whole lie.  

 

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 50 page introduction, can easily be removed.

 

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ClockCat wrote: 50 page

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 50 page introduction, can easily be removed.

 

That is what exacto blades are for!

Personally, if I was given one, I'd tear the pages out on the spot and say "Here, I don't need this part, thanks for the book ;D"


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Sons of bitches. "What if

Sons of bitches.

"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?"

Exactly what I was thinking needs to be the response, though who writes it isn't important. The important thing is to hand them out at church Sunday mornings. Starting with theirs.

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A gracious man once said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” However, it seems that some contemporary atheists don’t share such honorable convictions. When they found out that I was writing an Introduction to this book, they threatened lawsuits, tried to organize themselves into gangs with the intent of tearing the Introduction out of the book, and have even talked about book burnings

LMMFAO.

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OMGoodness. It hurts. They didn't even name him as the source. LOL.

Laughing at ignorance is completely acceptable in this situation, I believe.

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smpaudio wrote:I am not an

smpaudio wrote:

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...

You already have a good Answer. 

smpaudio wrote:

 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?

Doing the same thing with the bible would take the wind out of their sails in no time.  Plus it could possible garner media attention which I thing would be good for atheism over all.  Plus if anyone gets mad about it you can point at them and say that they started it. 

 


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darth_josh wrote:the site

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the site that shall not be named wrote:
A gracious man once said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” However, it seems that some contemporary atheists don’t share such honorable convictions. When they found out that I was writing an Introduction to this book, they threatened lawsuits, tried to organize themselves into gangs with the intent of tearing the Introduction out of the book, and have even talked about book burnings

LMMFAO.

Allegedly, Voltaire. Gracious.

OMGoodness. It hurts. They didn't even name him as the source. LOL.

Laughing at ignorance is completely acceptable in this situation, I believe.

According to the graph, they're at 175,000 books paid for.

i know damn good and well that if most christians--fundy or "moderate"--including comfort could seize significant political power in the US the FIRST thing that would go out the window is the "gracious man's" principle.  they would ban and burn books left and right, and i think history backs me up on this.  god, i hate christians' selective idea of liberty.

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Here is the original list:1.

Here is the original list:


1. Princeton University (NJ) http://www.princeton.edu
2. Harvard University (MA) http://www.college.harvard.edu
3. Yale University (CT) http://www.yale.edu
4. Stanford University (CA) http://www.stanford.edu
5. University of Pennsylvania (PA) http://www.upenn.edu
6. California Institute of Technology (CA) http://www.caltech.edu
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) http://web.mit.edu
8. Duke University (NC) http://www.duke.edu
9. Columbia University (NY) http://www.columbia.edu
10. University of Chicago (IL) http://www.uchicago.edu
11. Dartmouth College (NH) http://www.dartmouth.edu
12. Washington University in St. Louis (MO) http://www.wustl.edu
13. Cornell University (NY) http://www.cornell.edu
14. Brown University (RI) http://www.brown.edu
15. Northwestern University (IL) http://www.northwestern.edu
16. Johns Hopkins University (MD) http://www.jhu.edu
17. Rice University (TX) http://www.rice.edu
18. Emory University (GA) http://www.emory.edu
19. Vanderbilt University (TN) http://www.vanderbilt.edu
20. Notre Dame (IN) http://www.nd.edu
21. University of California - Berkeley (CA) We have this one.
22. Carnegie Mellon University (PA) http://www.cmu.edu
23. University of Virginia (VA) http://www.virginia.edu
24. Georgetown University (DC) http://www.georgetown.edu
25. University of California—Los Angeles (CA) http://www.ucla.edu
26. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (MI) http://www.umich.edu
27. University of Southern California (CA) We have this one.
28. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (NC) http://www.unc.edu
29. Tufts University (MA) http://www.tufts.edu
30. Wake Forest University (NC) http://www.wfu.edu
31. Lehigh University (PA) http://www.lehigh.edu
32. Brandeis University (MA) http://www.brandeis.edu
33. College of William and Mary (VA) http://www.wm.edu
34. New York University (NY) http://www.nyu.edu
35. University of Rochester (NY) http://www.rochester.edu
36. Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) http://www.gatech.edu
37. Boston College (MA) http://www.uiuc.edu
38. University of Wisconsin—Madison (WI) http://www.wisc.edu
39. University of California—San Diego (CA) http://www.ucsd.edu
40. University of Illinois—Urbana - Champaign (IL) http://www.illinois.edu
41. Case Western Reserve University (OH) http://www.case.edu
42. University of Washington (WA) http://www.washington.edu
43. University of California—Davis (CA) http://www.ucdavis.edu
44. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) http://www.rpi.edu
45. University of Texas—Austin (TX) http://www.utexas.edu
46. University of California—Santa Barbara (CA) http://www.ucsb.edu
47. University of California—Irvine (CA) http://www.uci.edu
48. Penn State University—University Park (PA) http://www.psu.edu
49. University of Florida (FL) http://www.ufl.edu
50. Syracuse University (NY) http://www.syr.edu

Rumor has it, it has been expanded to 100 schools, however.  Many student groups on various college campuses are doing sometime in response - including tabling and setting up their own speakers on evolution.


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smpaudio wrote:I am not an

smpaudio wrote:

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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Vastet wrote:Sons of

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Sons of bitches.

Exactly what I was thinking needs to be the response, though who writes it isn't important. The important thing is to hand them out at church Sunday mornings. Starting with theirs.

 

 

So, indeed - it wouldn't have to be written by Dawkins- although he's someone that really gets their bloomers in a twist, and would make more of an impact than coming from someone with no literary clout.  Like me.  Others have suggested similar things on YouTube, like Thunderf00t and ZomGitsCriss.  The best I could muster would maybe be a table in the UCLA commissary or parking lot, with 50 Kinko's copies and a hand-painted sign, which everyone would walk by and ask, "and you are...?"  And at the end of the day I'd take my 49 undistributed copies home and build a nightstand with them, and realize I could've bought new tires for my car and gotten more mileage.

 

If it's gonna have any effect, it would need to come from, at least, an organization with some notoriety, with at least some history of getting in creationism's face.  Like, well, if had the endorsement of the RRS behind it, it might go somewhere.  

 

Anyone care to begin collaboration on the introduction?

 

 

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My university is on the

My university is on the list.

Edit: When are they distributing them? I want to pick one up. Free book!

I think this is a good thing. Creationists will waste their money, and some people might learn more about biology. 

Seriously, what kind of an impact would a 50 page introduction written by Ray Comfort have on almost any student or staff vs. the origin of species itself? The people at these universities are a lot smarter than Comfort; Comfort would flunk out of most of these universities. If he employs all the strawmen that he usually throws around, any intelligent reader should be able to figure out that he's either intentionally lying, never read the book or is just a complete dumbass.

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The response to this should

The response to this should be laughter.  Of course, I'm sure many people are laughing.  Taking their bible and writing a 50 page intro just doesn't too good an idea.  See it this way: I don't worship the words in Darwin's book, they do worship their bible or at least the creatures it talks about.  Could they possibly turn around on anyone with a prefaced bible and somehow make their stance on evolution look more legit or make their bible look more legit for it?  A kind of strange tu quoque?  I can imagine this.  I hate dealing with these people or their ilk.  If we ignore them and their lame attempts at making something of themselves and their idiocy, won't they just fade into irrelevance where they belong?  It just seems that giving them any attention keeps them around longer.

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Considering they get

Considering they get attention whether we acknowledge their activities or not, and that we are still outnumbered 1000 to 1, I think ignoring the opposition is the worst thing we can do. Never underestimate your opposition or their tactics.

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Every opportunity for christians to look

 

Like complete fucking idiots should be afforded them. The Hitler connection - the lack of intermediate forms - Darwin's christianity (and his alleged racism) all of which are brought up (hurled up) in this 50-page forward are the antithesis of all reasonable thought. It's funny christians feel the 150-year old Origins is the latest word on evolution. I guess that when compared to their withered dogma it's still the new kid on the block.

 

 

 

 

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Like complete fucking idiots should be afforded them. The Hitler connection - the lack of intermediate forms - Darwin's christianity (and his alleged racism) all of which are brought up (hurled up) in this 50-page forward are the antithesis of all reasonable thought. It's funny christians feel the 150-year old Origins is the latest word on evolution. I guess that when compared to their withered dogma it's still the new kid on the block.

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Ouch. My chest hurts.

THIS is probably closest to the truth.

After all, they've been trying to teach their kind the same book for hundreds of years with no luck.

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Wow

 

I only recently stumbled across Kirk Cameron with that silly kiwi preacher Ray Comfort on uTube. So that's what you were all talking about! What a pair of tools.

If you were wondering, there was a revival of christian fundamentalism in New Zealand in the 1970s (my Dad loved it - we lived there) and it's still echoing around the globe.

Australia is tortured by dozens of these painful men and they're all kiwis.

It fascinates me to watch Comfort's style. The key to him and his kind is that he's a natural bully and the bullshit just pours out of him and covers everything. There is a brand of christianity

that depends on gush factor. Just keep repeating the same crap forever and it will be true!

I'm endlessly fascinated by people who believe the bible is 100 per cent true. Never mind the ambiguity of interpretation - it's just the perfect word of the lord.

And it's hard to combat geysers of bullshit - the truth is a complex business and the atheist position of being open to any possibility is just another toehold for the whitehats of jesus.

Even if the concept of the pursuit of truth was openBSD these plugholes would still find a way in.

 

 

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Atheistextremist wrote: I

Atheistextremist wrote:

 

I only recently stumbled across Kirk Cameron with that silly kiwi preacher Ray Comfort on uTube. So that's what you were all talking about! What a pair of tools...

...Even if the concept of the pursuit of truth was openBSD these plugholes would still find a way in.

 

 

I've been at a loss as to how to do anything directly.  Now that they've passed out the book, the folks on YouTube are jumping on it- Thunderf00t et al.  All I've been able to do about this so far is read as much as I can.  I never would've guessed that the christian right would take so little to go this insane.

I'd love to know how the books are being received, whether there are any debates taking place at these campuses...

 

 

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When I took one away (to

When I took one away (to save at least one mind from delusion), the conversation went like this:

WOTMslave: The introduction is the only thing worth reading. I don't like the rest of it.

Me: (laughing) Well, maybe if you read a version that wasn't missing four chapters instead of this one...

I left him with a puzzled look and went on to Theatre History.

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jcgadfly wrote:When I took

jcgadfly wrote:

When I took one away (to save at least one mind from delusion), the conversation went like this:

WOTMslave: The introduction is the only thing worth reading. I don't like the rest of it.

Me: (laughing) Well, maybe if you read a version that wasn't missing four chapters instead of this one...

I left him with a puzzled look and went on to Theatre History.

Lmao, nice!

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Thanks, I was surprised

Thanks, I was surprised IU-Bloomington made their list.

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Kirk Cameron takes his dog

Kirk Cameron takes his dog and pony show to UCLA and gets owned:  And gets recorded by TMZ in the process.

 

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