Tuesday, July 07, 2009

More religious craziness.

It seems that every day, some religious kook says or does something that would embarrass normal people, yet they are serious about it.

Here's a perfect example.

This story comes from an Australian reporter in Jerusalem, who was reporting on a riot that has been going on for weeks.

An ultra-Orthodox Jew is carried away by Israeli police officers during a Jerusalem protest (Getty Images: Darren Whiteside)

She writes,
"Orthodox Jews are angry at the local council's decision to open a municipal carpark on Saturdays - or Shabbat, the day of rest for Jews.

It's a day when Jews are not supposed to do anything resembling work, which can include something as simple as flicking a switch, turning on a light or driving."

When they realized she was filming them, they turned on her and attacked her.
The full story here:http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/06/2617502.htm

Once again a young "earther" has convinced himself that he is right and the scientific community is wrong.

The story unfolds at http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/07/i_get_email_38.php.

It is an example of the typical "I believe" versus the "I know" mentality.
Or said another way, faith as opposed to evidence.

It gets tiring to always hear that "science CANNOT prove what happened at the beginning of the earth (whenever it was)."

Then he says something that makes sense, "all both sides can do is look at the evidence and analyse it to see if it fits their theory. "

Finally we are getting some where.

Then he blows it by saying, "so far, I can't see how it disproves my belief in 6000 years, so my belief stays. You can insult my intelligence if you like (you probably do), but it doesn't change the facts about what science can and can't prove."

Then he asks, "that is absolutely ridiculous. When was the last time a young-earther killed 3000 people in a day? "

The 9/11 terrorists where very likely young earth creationists.

He finishes with this, "I am not a scientist, but many scientists disagree on this (and indeed many other matters), and they are well-recognised, well-respected scientists. I have read much about this (from both sides), I have been presented one side of the argument by media and society, but I have decided that 6000 years actually makes sense to me based on the evidence. "

We have all heard this "many scientists disagree" crap with respect to every scientific theory every formulated.

The religious crowd, however, love to parade their "dissenting scientist" bull shit every time an issue doesn't agree with their belief system.

Yes, it is well known within the scientific community that not every single scientist will agree with the majority on all issues.

I'm currently reading a book by a physics professor that disputes the existence of dark energy/matter. That doesn't invalidate the dark energy/matter theory. It simply shows that science, as a process of inquiry, works.

Religion, on the other hand, starts with the answer and then searches for evidence to support that answer. Evidence found to be in dispute of the answer, is ridiculed and discarded and those who "discovered" it are also ridiculed. By the way, all of their evidence comes from the bible.

In the end, science has advanced human knowledge and understanding of who we are and where we have come from.

In contrast, religion has told us that we are worthless sinners, we were created from nothing by an omnipotent "life form" and that this "life form" has made everything possible so that we may worship it.

Science will help us move forward.
Religion will hold us back.

It's time to shed religion and move forward.
Visit: http://www.talkorigins.org/origins/faqs-youngearth.html for more information.


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