Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I like David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough gets letters. In fact he gets hate mail from right-wing "Christians" telling him to burn in hell because he doesn't give "credit" to "god" in his documentaries. Something tells me that's not exactly what their god had in mind when he told everyone to "love thy neighbor."
Telling the magazine that he was asked why he did not give "credit" to God, Attenborough added: "They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator."

Attenborough went further in his opposition to creationism, saying it was "terrible" when it was taught alongside evolution as an alternative perspective. "It's like saying that two and two equals four, but if you wish to believe it, it could also be five ... Evolution is not a theory; it is a fact, every bit as much as the historical fact that William the Conqueror landed in 1066."
Hear, hear!

I would just add to what Sir David has said that I also can't reconcile the idea of a benevolent creator who allows an innocent dog to get cancer and be in pain they can't communicate. Why would a supposedly "benevolent creator" that supposedly loves its creations allow things like to happen? That is a rhetorical question, by the way, I don't expect an answer.

The right-wing "christian" extremists need to get over themselves and stop trying to force everyone else into their religion. An outside observer might think there isn't much difference between them and the Taliban extremists who are threatening to blow up busses in Pakistan for playing music and showing movies.

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