Saturday, August 26, 2006
FORCES OF DARKNESS CONFRONTED
The ABC condemns Islamofascism as “ignorant”, a “stalking monster”, and a “force of darkness”. Actually, no; those terms in fact describe intelligent design, in an ABC promotion for a new Robyn Williams book:
Intelligent Design has found its way into the headlines, has been spruiked in the Parliament and is now trying to slink into our schools. So where did this wilfully ignorant sibling of creationism and its anti-scientific arguments spring from? And why is it refusing to go away?
Using all the richness of the scientific and natural worlds, Robyn Williams takes on the stalking monster in a short, wicked and witty debunk of ID. Why make the earth, the solar system, our galaxy and all the rest, he asks, when the Garden of Eden was all that was needed? And then there’s lifespan. During long periods of human history, the life expectancy of men was a mere 22 years and children were lucky to toddle, let alone grow up. Why the waste? And shouldn’t we sue God for sinus blockages, hernias, appendix flare-ups and piles, not to mention bad backs?
This is a book to infuriate the forces of darkness, and anger and amuse the rest of us.
I’m not religious, so I don’t have a God in this fight, but I’d sure like to read a “short, wicked and witty” book by Robyn Williams exposing all the scientific flaws in fundamentalist Islam (and the ABC’s aggressive promotion of that book). Williams better write it quickly, though, before intelligent design militias hunt him down and kill him for his heresy. Only has days to live, does Williams; an entity known as the forces of darkness likely doesn’t mess around.
(Via reader Cuckoo)