I wish I could just assume that you all know why this is stupid and move on, but apparently that is not the case. This video is one of the most popular hits on Youtube.com right now, and I just don’t know why.
But let me take a short look at what this douche is saying here. He stated clearly that we, as Americans, are being stripped of our civil liberties. Kirk is saying that children can no longer pray in public or learn religion freely. Well, as I’m sure you already know, this is a lie. There is a no law on any books stating that people can’t pray in public. But even if there were, why would it matter? Why do you need to pray in public? What is stopping you from doing that in the privacy of your own home? But let’s continue.
Kirk said that 61% of psychology and biology professors in the nation’s top fifty schools are atheists. Okay, now I’m on board with Kirk on this one, but not for the same reason, I’m guessing. This does concern me greatly. What the hell is going on with the other 39%? Do you want your college professors believing in giant invisible single-fathers in the sky? Do you want collegiate level educators believing in dragons and seven headed lions? I certainly don’t. Do you want the people responsible for your children using the their intelligence properly and efficiently to believe in talking snakes, sand-men, rib-women and magical gardens? Hell no! But as I’ll repeat more than once here, I’m sure, if you want to learn about this kind of superstitious nonsense, then go to one of those cult-like Falwell colleges. Go to Pat Robertson’s College of Proficiently and Unrelentingly Hating Things. Keep it the hell out of legitimate learning centers please.
Here’s my favorite part: “They can no longer open a bible in school. The Ten Commandments are no longer allowed to be displayed in public places.”
Well, no shit! Why would either of these things be okay? The core of his argument is that religion is not allowed in public schools. And why should it be? Public school is a place paid for by the tax payer, for children to learn facts not myths. Now, I can already here it coming, “But it is still the theory of evolution.” For a more extensive explanation as to why that is stupid, visit my other blog, Unchecked and Unbalanced, where I have about a 30 page excerpt from my book of same name.
But indeed, it is the theory of evolution. But let’s take a look at what a “theory” is.
a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; “theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses”; “true in fact and theory”
Notice the term, “Well substantiated,” in there. This is because a scientific theory needs to be substantiated. A theory is defined as a set of rules which uses past observations to predict future behavior. Any theory must meet 3 requirements: It must be repeatable, it must be independently verifiable, and it must be falsifiable. Creationism, in the guise of Intelligent Design, fails on all three, therefore, it isn’t even a theory, and, therefore, should not be taught in public schools.
George Carlin summed up religion very well, “In no way does superstitious nonsense like this apply to the lives of intelligent and logical people in the twenty-first century.” Einstein couldn’t have put it better, even though he certainly did try. If you want your children to learn superstitious bullshit in school, then send them to a privately funded school where this type of nonsense is taught.
Now, what is intelligent design? Well, it is something that Kirk Cameron feels should be taught in school, even though it fails to meet even the guiding principles of a partially legitimate theory. But yet, he feels that there are two sides to this argument. But there are not. There is one side based on a mile-high stack of evidence to support it, and another side where the only evidence is a book that was written thousands of years ago, that we know has to be true because it says it is.
But maybe Kirk is right. Maybe all of the great works of science cannot even start to equal the wisdom of cattle-sacrificing primitives who thought that every animal in existence was in walking distance of a 2,000 year old drunk who put them all on a giant boat. Including dinosaurs, mind you. While we’re at it, let’s stop teaching the heliocentric Universe in school as well, and only teach the other side of the argument: The Geocentric Universe. Remember, The Heliocentric Universe Theory is, indeed, still a theory. So, according to Cameron’s line of thinking, this means The Geocentric Universe assumption is just as legitimate. “Our children are being brainwashed into thinking that the Earth revolves around the sun!” You see, just replace one theory with another in Cameron’s quotes and it sounds pretty stupid, doesn’t it? Well, it is truly the EXACT same thing. If it were up to him, he would replace scientific knowledge to accommodate the superstitious and incredibly stupid creation MYTHS of the Iron and Bronze ages. You know, the Hindus believe that the world is held up by an elephant who is standing on the back of a tortoise. Should we teach children that as well?
Or maybe the truth is more like this: Kirk Cameron and most other religionists are suffering from the largest mass affliction is narcissism ever known to man. After all, what narcissism is is the belief that you’re always right, no matter what the facts are, and that your opinions are more viable than anyone else’s, including those other opinions that are based on said facts. He feels that the “beliefs” of evolutionists are being taught in schools without the “other side” being represented. However, this is simply not true. There is no such thing as “belief” in evolution because facts do not require belief. Creationism requires belief because there is no evidence to support it. And if something requires belief or faith, it’s probably not true, or else why would it require faith? Remember, the base word of belief is lie. And the base word of transcendental is transcend no matter how many biblical quotes you whip out to try to tell me that it’s base word is dental. The point of that is that facts are facts and beliefs and opinions are nothing more than beliefs and opinions, and they don’t change facts. They mean nothing and should not be taught in public schools.
What is even funnier about this is how we atheists are often accused of being self-centered egotists. Why is that? Did you just hear what this man said? Better yet, do you know what these people believe? The whole universe was made for you and everything in it was made just for you by a god who looks just like you. God is always watching you and knows everything about you. Oh, and he loves YOU. What, my friends, could be more egocentric than that? Certainly not the fact that everything came to be because of a random series of incidents.
In the end, Kirk feels as though science is just like religion. And he feels that way because he was brainwashed at an early age to only understand magic and fairy-tales. He doesn’t understand that in the real world (the secular world), no matter how much we want something to be true, we unfortunately need to rely on that little thing called evidence. There is no difference between Kirk’s conspiracy theory about science and all of the other twacked out, nut-jobby conspiracy notions out there. I don’t call them conspiracy theories because they don’t qualify as theories (see above).
And he compares Darwin to Hitler, but I gotta tell you, what just spewed out of Cameron’s mouth was exactly the same as the evidence-free lies that spewed from Hitler’s mouth in Nazi Germany. And Hitler created his own political religion to convince everyone of his lies and kill millions of people, using the same business model that the Catholic Church used to do the same some hundreds of years earlier.
But let’s just concede. Let’s remove all facts and legitimate theories from the public education system and only teach children what Kirk Cameron thinks is true. That’s apparently what he wants, isn’t it? What is it with child-stars anyway? They always turn out to be nut-jobs.
Congrats, Kirk. You sure are Bat-Shit Crazy!