Apparently, right now as I write and post this, there is an exciting webcast taking place! I got an email alert as it started. That’s a classy way to attract audiences. I thought I’d just share with you exactly how the American Family Association is working to protect the American family. For reasons beyond my understanding, it has something to do with resisting scientific literacy. That’s assuming, of course, you buy the premise that the AFA has anything to do with “families.” Maybe The Family. Read through this email with me, won’t you?
Webcast: Deserting Darwin: The Galapagos Re-Discovered
What do you get from that title? There seems to be a suggestion that people who support Darwin should abandon Darwin. Because understanding science is like a big game of Red Rover? Before we even read any of the description, it’s easy to see that these people don’t understand science. It’s about what we understand, not what we believe. It’s even more rich to think that they are somehow going to disprove evolution by replicating Darwin’s research? Who knows. (I ironically omitted the question mark after “knows” to emphasize my sardonicism, amplified pretentiously by this unnecessary parenthetical rife with polysyllabic vocabulary.)
I’d like to call your attention to a very important radio/Internet simulcast tomorrow night.
Thanks for sending it to me a day late. Maybe they don’t understand how time works? That would require understanding the earth’s rotation as it orbits the sun, and I know a few Bible verses that counter that claim.
It’s called, “Deserting Darwin: The Galapagos Re-Discovered”. Our special guest will be Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum. Both he and host Crane Durham will be discussing the significance of two anniversaries in 2009. One is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the other is the 150th anniversary of his work, “On the Origin of Species”. Together these represent a decisive shift in thinking about human origins and the age of the Earth. As part of the broadcast you’ll hear from Dr. John Morris of the Institute for Creation Research as well as experts in law and apologetics.
That sounds pretty straight forward, but read it again. Yes, it is those anniversaries, and yes, Origin of Species did shift how we think about human origins and the age of the Earth. But wouldn’t you want biologists (like Darwin was) to discuss Darwin’s research? Instead, the special guest is the President of a Christian organization, accompanied by a “Dr.” from a Christian pseudoscience organization, and lawyers and defenders of faith. There isn’t one person there with any credentials to actually discuss the “significance” of these anniversaries.
This isn’t surprising, but I think there’s something about the fact that they can present it in a way that almost makes it sound legitimate that I just find incredibly disconcerting.
As a special bonus you’ll be able to view the latest film from Vision Forum entitled, “The Mysterious Islands”. In this beautiful documentary, Doug Phillips traces Darwin’s voyage with a team of Christian scientists and investigators to ask a penetrating question – are these Islands a laboratory of evolution, or a testimony to God’s marvelous creation?
Note that it is not an interesting documentary, or an enlightening documentary, or even an educational documentary; it’s “beautiful.” So some Christian scientists and investigators are going to ask a question. Is that the whole movie? They just ask the question. It’s totally an unanswerable question and no credible scientist would ever ask it. I reckon this movie would be like those I Spy books for kids. It’s just pointing and looking in awe. Look at that turtle! Look at that finch! WOW! How “marvelous.” Our work is done!
I hope you’ll make plans to join us for this important two-hour webcast, “Deserting Darwin: The Galapagos Re-Discovered” tomorrow (Tuesday) night, December 8th beginning at 8:05 (EST).
Producer, “Deserting Darwin – The Galapagos Re-Discovered”
Nope, sorry, I’m going to spend that time ridiculing you.
I know, I know, this is all par for the course for the AFA. There’s nothing new or even all that interesting here. Personally, I just think it’s funny, and I hope this post made you smile; that was my sole intent. The one thing I don’t want to happen is for us all to get desensitized to this absurdity. We need to be reminded that there are forces at work (with many followers) undermining scientific literacy. Every single piece of propaganda like this just seems to confirm our nation’s social dysfunction.
One thing is for sure: my family feels more supported than ever. Thanks AFA.