Page three of the Herald Sun, (which I don't normally read as I prefer The Age but they were all gone and the Herald has the jumble puzzle), has a picture of a guy holding a bible in front of a waterfall, smiling with the headline "Ablett warns of drug, booze crisis" I read the snippet and being unimpressed, I wrote the word "TWAT!!" across his forehead and turned the page.
Page 40-41 I'm assaulted again by Mr Ablett, who's been given a two page spread to tell us how he thinks becoming more christian and forgetting all this science stuff will bring Australia back the being the once great nation it once was. Stupidly, I began to read the article. After the first column I pulled out my highlighter and began marking passages. Then I began arguing aloud to the pages while highlighting.
Here's some of his advice for modern Australians:
I believe without a doubt that our nation is in crisis and is in its current predicament because we have deliberately disconnected ourselves from our Christian heritage and history. We are a nation that was originally founded upon the word of God and established on the authority of biblical truth. Our political system, our judicial system and most of our schools and hospitals were begun by godly men and women who based their lives and work on godly principles.
Sound familiar? It's the same tripe the evangelists in America say. What's prompted him to speak out suddenly? Let's guess...
One of the things that triggered my response was that I became aware that there was an atheist convention in Melbourne last week. Richard Dawkins, a renowned atheist, gave a message entitled, "From goo to you through the zoo". Now it is bad enough misleading us by telling us we descended from convicts but to tell us we descended from "apes" - come on!
Looks like someone doesn't like ideas that don't gel with his own. But is he denying that Australia was originally a collection of penal colonies? That's a new kind of denialism. Maybe he isn't descended (har har) but he could use a history book. And, as he goes on to prove, he needs a few science books, too.
The fact is that fossil records do not support Darwin's theory. Experts have come to realise that the gaps in the fossil records and the absence of precursor and intermediate forms are such that they can no longer be ignored or his theory be taken seriously. I submit to you that the theory of evolution is not only lacking in facts, but has absolutely no foundation whatsoever. If it was only ever a theory, how did it find its way into our classrooms and society as fact?
Same argument the creationists use over and over and it's been debunked and won over a zillion times. Yet they continue to spout the same tripe. (In fact, I'm going to wager that this and it's following paragraphs were plagiarized). You can't fill the gaps with "God did it!" I'll spare you his babbling on about peanut butter jars because he also has no knowledge of the sterilization processes. He probably thinks a shirt placed in a box of wheat makes mice, too.
To attempt to derive the morning's news from the chemistry of the paper alone without the input of information is absurd. Even in a simple newspaper we can appreciate "Intelligent Design". It is the same as a genetic code imprinted according to the laws of information and language on to matter.
Please, just stop already.
...people like Richard Dawkins will try and tell us that we humans as well as the entire universe, which are immeasurably more complex than any passenger jet could ever be, all happened by chance. It's like having an explosion of ink in a printing room and coming up with the English Dictionary. It's a fallacy. Every cell in the universe came from another cell, you never see a new cell come into existence on its own. Organisms do not spontaneously arise in nature from non-life.No instead a magic man in the sky just wished it all into existence one week. *poof*
What I find frustrating is the section of religious folk who piss all over science because the silly fools dare to seek answers when really all they have to do is read the bible to know God did It. They disparage the facts that have been found to disprove many of their myths, use the "rebellious teenager" arguments and just make themselves look pitiable. Worse, they give the more open-minded Christians a bad name because they all get lumped in together, which really winds them up.
the last straw...
Unfortunately, Western civilization has embraced the "lie" of evolution as fact, and we have been completely blinded to the profound effect and impact it is having upon our society and nation. We tell ourselves and our children that it was all just an accident and we are nothing more than "cosmic orphans", with no real purpose, value or destiny, completely without hope for a great future and then wonder why our country is "self-destructing" and our society's attitude has become "Let's eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die". And, if life gets too hard or painful let's just end it. And that's just the beginning. No wonder our society if out of control, the consequences are horrendous.
Ok, now it's not funny - now you've pissed me off. I've never told my kids they are an accident or "Cosmic orphans" - what tosh. I certainly don't tell them to "Eat, drink and make merry for tomorrow we die." I tell them they are special, unique and amazing and that they have an opportunity to make this world spectacular and to enjoy all the beautiful diversity available to them. This life is precious because it's the only one we get. I want to fill my life with beauty, happiness and if anything makes me depressed it's that I spent a few years of my life not doing anything because I stupidly thought an afterlife would be better.
I'll never encourage anyone to "Just end it." because life is hard. Life is hard and the hard parts make us stronger, wiser and resilient. It makes us appreciate the good parts all the more.
The cherry on the top was when my friend, Jason Ball posted a link for those of us who won't know who Ablett is, which tells of his arrest in 2000 in connection to the drug overdose death of a 20 year old woman in his hotel room. Amazing he now feels he has any fucking right to tell other people how to be moral.
I think I can live without the jumble puzzle if this is the tripe Herald Sun thinks is news. I wrote a complaint to the Editor.
***Edit to add: I fucking knew it! That plagiarizing bastard!! C-word cword cword. (I can't say it, the kids are listening.)