Friday, November 13, 2009

Why Do the Heathen Rage?

The psalmist wrote:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Ps. 2:1-2.

This is truly prophetic. For the last two months evolutionists have worked themselves into a rage because Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron will release a special edition of Darwin's Origin of Species that has a 50 page introduction challenging evolution. The plan is to go to the campuses of a number of universities and distribute copies of this special edition for free.



This plan has evolutionists in an uproar. On Facebook there is a group entitled "Kirk Cameron has gone too far! But we can stop him." They have called Ray and Kirk liars and thieves and many other not so nice names. (See e.g., Kirk Cameron Lies, Perverts the Origin of Species). There are some groups who are planning on staging counter protests at many campuses. If you read some of the reports, it sounds as if they are accusing Ray and Kirk of blasphemy. Yet they say their belief system is not a religion . . . hmmmmm.

Below is a news release of the mobilization efforts of a group of evolutionists. The news release is kind of tame, when compared to the postings that you will find throughout the internet. Oh, why do the heathen rage? And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness, they may speak thy word. Acts 4:29.



Release: Atheist Youth Movement Leads Charge Against Anti-Darwin Book Project
November 10, 2009
For Release: IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT
Contact: August Brunsman – (614) 441-9588 – august@secularstudents.org
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Secular Student Alliance is mobilizing student groups to counter the Living Waters Ministry program to distribute an edition of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species containing a special introduction misrepresenting the book’s claims. The SSA national leadership is encouraging its campus affiliates to schedule protests, host speakers, write letters to the editor, show films, and distribute the original version of Darwin’s 150-year old masterpiece.


“We’re asking students to respond proactively. We believe the best way to respond to misinformation is with a positive, educational campaign,” says August Brunsman, executive director for the Secular Student Alliance.
Living Waters Ministry, an evangelical ministry group headed by Ray Comfort and actor Kirk Cameron, calls the project The Origin into Schools Project. It plans to print an edition of Origin of Species with a 50-page introduction that attempts to cast doubt on the theory of evolution and connect Charles Darwin to Adolf Hitler. Over 100,000 copies are set to be distributed to over 100 college campus across the country and in Canada.

Students are aware that the distributors have the first amendment right to pass out their anti-evolution literature, but are being encouraged by the Secular Student Alliance to use their own rights to respond with a friendly, science-based message.

The Secular Student Alliance at Yale University, for example, has plans to set up a table promoting “alternative theories on sexual education,” appropriately named Students for Stork Acknowledgment.
“People engaged in such lunatic endeavors are legitimized by opponents who attempt to take them seriously. My organization intends no such legitimization,” stated Michael Wright, president of SSA at Yale, adding that past attempts at rational debate with creationists have failed, “but where reason fails, satire triumphs.”
The Secular Student Alliance is assisting campus groups by providing resources from national groups like The Center for Inquiry, National Center for Science Education, the Brights, and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science in order to combat misinformation on campus. Secular Student Alliance has also partnered with the creators of Flock of Dodos, the 2006 documentary highlighting the debate over evolution, granting the rights to students who wish to show the film on campus.

Nov. 24 marks the 150th anniversary of the original Origin of Species, and books and protests are set to hit campuses around that time. Students can find ways to get involved at
www.secularstudents.org/origininschools.


The Secular Student Alliance is an educational nonprofit whose mission is to organize, unite, educate and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific rationality, secularism, democracy, and human-based ethics. Learn more at http://www.secularstudents.org.

Edit: Found a site today (Nov. 16, 2009) entitled "Don't Diss Darwin." Source: National Center for Science Education.
Another blog of interest from the "
Friendly Atheist."

5 comments:

alexanderblake said...

Hello, I noticed you linked to my article on AngryAtheist.net, thank you. I encourage these debates and I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment on my site with your opinion, as I would love to hear it!

My first response to your article is this; I believe that other religions would be angry if I made a Bible, entitled "Holy Bible: The King James Version" but put my atheist agenda in the first 50 pages of the bible.

I think that is wrong, would you not agree to that?

All I was saying on my blog was that I think it is wrong to pervert a classic by disingenuously releasing it under the same name as the original book.

Once again, thanks for mentioning my blog, I welcome you and any of your followers to come down and leave a comment and discuss :)

Rich Bradford said...

Alexander,
Thanks for stopping by. I was preparing a response, but it was getting lengthy, so I will have to get back to you later.

Long story short, I think Christians are commanded to share their faith with nonbelievers.

50 pages of atheist materials in any Bible (KJV or otherwise) might bother me, but it would not get me too upset. What would really get me upset is for a "Christian" to put atheist materials in the Bible.

More later. Thanks again.

Takis Konstantopoulos said...

It is an (interesting) exercise to find the number of absurdities in this speech.

Rich Bradford said...

Hello Takis Konstantopoulus,
I write this to thank you for coming by and reading my post, as well as your willingness to post a comment.

It is fair to say that you and I do not see eye to eye on the subject. At this time, I cannot guarantee a response to your comments, but I am glad you dropped by and you are more than welcome to come by again.

Takis Konstantopoulos said...

I wouldn't have read your post, had I not read about the parasite, Comfort, elsewhere. It's funny what kind of methods creationist-intelligent/tdesgners use... to usurp a science classic and add a nonsensical forward of their own.