Sunday, February 19, 2006

 

Mote, Meet Beam

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There is an article by Catherine Tsai of The Associated Press being carried in a number of venues, including the Washington Post, about the phenomenon of creationist groups organizing tours of natural history museums to put Biblical spins on the displays.

I’m not concerned with the tours, which, as one curator put it, "at least exposes children taught only about creationism to other ideas," but rather with the moral blindness displayed by some of those running them.

First we have Bill Jack, founder of Biblically Correct Tours, who denigrates those who accept science:

"My contention is evolution kills people," Jack said in an interview. "It's not that evolutionists don't have morality, it's that evolution can offer no morality. Ideas have consequences. If you believe you came from slime there is no reason not to, if you can, get away with anything."
But then again:

The tours are not all fun and games, with the guides claiming that evolutionist thinking supports racism and abortion. This happened on a recent [National Center of Atmospheric Research] tour, when [Rusty Carter, a guide with Biblically Correct Tours] told a dozen children and their parents abortion was an act of natural selection carried out by humans.
Jack is partly right. There is slime around willing to try to get away with just about anything. It just happens to reside in the vicinity of Jack’s mirror.
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Comments:
"It's not that evolutionists don't have morality, it's that evolution can offer no morality. Ideas have consequences." this is profound , think of it in clear terms , and get rid of hypocricy we are all have imposed on, there is notheing wrong with this statement in logal terms , no emotional infloences or subjectivism so why do construct the reality in such corrupted terms of "morality" - Moral is something else ... and there is no common moral- is humanity is not common, nation is not common, one social group is the most common determinator with very little variables of diviations...
I think your can understand what I am conveying here
 
I think your can understand what I am conveying here

Actually no, which I am guessing is due to English not being your first language.

But taking a stab at it, I disagree that "evolution can offer no morality" in the sense it was meant by Mr. Jack. Evolutionary theory offers nothing in the way of morality but evolution produced people who invented morality as part of fulfilling their need to maintain societies.

But my real point was, despite Mr. Jack's claim that "If you believe you came from slime there is no reason not to, if you can, get away with anything," it was Mr. Jack, presumably not a believer in his slimy origin, who was endorsing lying to children and other innocents.
 
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