Yes, the title of this blog is inflammatory. Yes, it’s on purpose. I hope I have your attention.
Recently, I made a comment defending Ken Ham after PZ Myers of Pharyngula fame called him a “wackaloon” and then invited “millions” [dream on, PZ. Neither you nor Darwinism is THAT popular] of others to pour some warm and fuzzies on Mr. Ham. His crime? Attending a voluntary prayer meeting at the Pentagon for Christian employees. PZ, in typical junior high screed, blew it out of proportion and when called to the mat for his lack of professional courtesy, showed his maturity level wrote the blog equivalent of a raspberry. The university this pop biologist teaches at must be very proud.
I suppose it’s my fault for letting curiosity get the better of me, but I went back to see if my comment had made an impact. Nobody was kind. I didn’t expect them to be. I recognize revival zeal when I see it. They bleated the expected dogma, decided I was just as bad as Ken Ham and then decided I was only an ignorant gomer who’d been duped by Ham. In a word, hubris.
But one comment won the jackpot.
His given name was Dagger. Comment #395 And it is this line for which he wins the prize:
I only regret I have is living in a free society where we can’t forcefully take away your children from you and quietly let your delusional species die out. Shame really.
Keep in mind that Wackaloon Myers’ stated reason for this insult list was to distract and occupy Ken Ham away from his “campaign of abusing the minds of young children.” Back in 2006, there was a rather big row over this sort of nonsense. Richard dawkins and other prominent pop Darwinists have made similar statements. They characterize teaching Creationism and religious instruction in general as mental child abuse.
But which is more detrimental?
Evolution is based on naturalism, the idea that no God or any other supernatural force is needed to explain the universe. While some evolutionists are theists and deists, the naturalism it’s based on is just restated stating atheism.
Is it child abuse to tell a child that a loving God created their universe, that they have a purpose, that life has meaning? Or is it child abuse to tell them they were a cosmic accident, that there is no purpose to the universe, that they really are a monkey’s uncle and that there is no ultimate meaning to their lives?
Seriously, what has atheism contributed to society? Besides Hitler, I mean. Besides Pol Pot. Besides failed ideas like socialism, Communism, Leninism and Marxism. They call a photo of a cross in urine “art.” What has darwinism contributed? Besides Aborigines being displayed in zoos as missing links and hunted down and stuffed in the name of charting the “Descent of Man.” Besides eugenics and Nazi death camps. Besides a scientific stamp of approval on racism.
Naturalism teaches nihilism, relativism and hedonism. It’s no wonder these fundamentalist wackaloons are so rabid and hateful of religious beliefs. What truly bridles them, save societal pressure? And how long will that restraint last?
If God truly exists, teaching children to be irreligious is the worst sort of ideological child abuse, especially if this issue has eternal consequences, as Christendom teaches. Naturalism is a presumption. They have decided that God does not exist, but His existence is not up for a vote! He either exists or he doesn’t. And since these naturalists cannot possibly claim omnipotence, how can they be so sure they are right?
God has set eternity in our hearts. He has, as Pascal put it, given us too much evidence to ignore and too little to be sure. It requires faith, but not blind faith. It requires a reasonable faith.
And much more reasonable than the naturalist’s alternative.