[Originally posted on martinjclemens.com on February 18, 2011]
This afternoon I stumbled upon yet another poorly written creationist diatribe, touting a singular ability to refute the brilliant scientific minds of the last three centuries of enlightenment. Every time I read one of these idiotic monologues, it strikes me that the author has less knowledge of the subject for which they treat than an infant does calculus.
Anyway, this particular piece issued a challenge, it requested that “evolutionists” review the 10 questions he or she had posted in the body of the article, which are supposed to be definitive proof that “evolution is stupid”. And since I’m a huge supporter of remedial science for the illiterate, I thought I’d give it a go. The questions are listed above my answers in order as they appear on Breaking The Presidium.
I get asked on a fairly regular basis how I can be passionate about and spend much of my time studying Forteana, whilst being a baby-eating atheist.
I wanted to take this opportunity to answer this once and for all, and to clear up a few glaring and common misconceptions.
Atheist: noun – A person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
It’s a pretty simple definition, but for whatever reason, most people you meet can’t understand it. To lay it out in the simplest terms I can, it means simply that I don’t believe in God (any of them). Now, that isn’t me redefining the word to fit my agenda. That is, in fact, the only thing is has ever meant.
Religion is an insidious thing. It is harmful in so many ways. It promotes wish-thinking and superstition, it retards scientific progress and in turn it holds back the potential of our society at large. It is oppressive to minorities and it suppresses unorthodox thinking, while at the same time placing an exaggerated value on suffering and on resisting our true nature.
But greater than any of that, the institution of religion has done most of it’s harm by way of systematic and often violent oppression of women. When you discount the value of half of your population, as religion does universally, you effectively cut the legs off of any chance your civilization has of rising beyond mere subsistence.