If there ever was a need for a book burning it would be to erradicate the nonsense spouting from the likes of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. I understand that it’s not right to censor, and instead educate and inform, but this mockery makes me so angry I really do feel like burning one. Maybe I’ll buy a copy and just tear out Ray Comfort’s preface to build a fire with. That might help me feel a little better. I’ll burn photos of Cameron and Comfort while I’m at it to satisfy my psychotic bent as well. Just kidding. Well, maybe…
What book am I talking about? Seems “Bannana Man” Ray Comfort — famous for his claim that its comfortable shape, non-slip grip peel, convenient opening tab, and ripeness color-indicator are proof that the bannana was designed by God. There are 5 year old children with better logic — has taken it upon himself to publish a version of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” and include a preface of his own design which attempts to discredit Darwin’s theory, which is now fully established and accepted.
Kirk Camoron (I know that’s not the way he spells it) has been making the rounds at college campuses to promote the new publication, which comes about on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s original groundbreaking work. Luckily many students have been giving far-right fundamentalist Christian Cameron a run for his money in the intellectual department.
Watch this Youtube video of college students debating with Cameron on evolution vs. creation. They had answers, and pleasantly stated them. Cameron had nothing to offer that could not be refuted with scientific evidence. Sound quality is poor, and ignore the trumpet.
Fundamental Christian television host Bill O’Reilly also steps into the picture. He had Kirk Cameron on to talk about Comfort’s added preface to Darwin’s work, and asked what Cameron would say to atheists in an effort to convert them. Cameron took the challenge and presented the tired argument about irreversible complexity, comparing the camera lens and the eye. Another Youtube video shows us the O’Reilly/Cameron farce and presents the evidence for evolution of the eye, and how it is not actually perfect. If it was designed by a perfect God, why would so many of us need glasses? And why would bats have to rely so heavily on radar to catch their dinner?
Simple arguments, like the convenience of a bannana and the irreversible complexity of the human eye, are the cornerstone for fundamental belief in a supreme being, a creator of all things, who knows all, sees all, and can answer prayers. A quest for knowledge, a desire for understanding, and a wonder of science and the natural world can chip away the cracked facade of blind faith, shining a welcome light into the dim recesses of self delusion and ignorance.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: one great place to start is Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.
Give it a read. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing.
By the way, bannanas are a product of evolution, just like humans. But they’ve been “selected” to be the way they are now, ever since humans started farming them. That’s not to say that we wanted them to have a convenient open tab, or non-slip grip. Just worked out that way. Monkeys don’t necessarily use the tab. Guess God didn’t clue them in to how handy he made it.