Let me get this straight. The purveyors of Intelligent Design argue that evolution can’t account for the incredibly complexity of life–ergo (Latin for duh) there has to be some intelligence (religious twinkie code word for God) that designed life.
Well, if that’s true, that intelligence certainly didn’t design anyone I know. Let’s look at how well we’re designed.
–The second I turned 40, I had to go out and get reading glasses. Then I needed mid-range glasses so I could see my computer screen. What, he couldn’t design an eye that didn’t weare out before the rest of me?
–Talk about design flaws, there’s this little valve between your esophagus and your stomach. If it doesn’t work right, stomach acid backs up into your esophagus. It’s called acid reflux. Should this happen when you’re sleeping, you’ll swear some vampire hunter mistook you for Dracula’s spawn and drove a stake into your heart. Nice work, Mr. Intelligent Designer.
–And advanced planning? Forgetaboutit. First you put all this good stuff on the earth like chocolate, whipped cream, hamburgers, onion rings, french fries, Oreos, HoHos, Irish whiskey, cognac and armagnac–and then we find that we’re supposed to steal food from rabbits if we want to live long and prosper. Nice gesture. The intelligent designer has a vicious sense of humor.
–Speaking of intelligence, Mr. I.D. creates human brains with the capacity to develop extraordinary technological achievements such as the atom bomb, napalm, plastic explosives, cop-killing bullets, global warming, holes in the ozone layer…but without the maturity and wisdom to control those technologies or use technology for some silly ass liberal program such as feeding and housing and teaching the poor.
Those of you who want to promote Intelligent Design have to do more than argue complexity–you have to explain why God (let’s call a rock a stone, shall we?) was such a lousy designer. I mean, I didn’t even mention baldness.
And just to rub salt in the gaping wounds of this idiotic theory, check out the latest news from a story in Monday, September 26th Washington Post that describes powerful evidence supporting the theory of evolution. Theories have to predict things that are testable. (Something for which we’re still waiting from the I.D. folks.)
“If Darwin was right, for example, then scientists should be able to perform a neat trick. Using a mathematical formula that emerges from evolutionary theory, they should be able to predict the number of harmful mutations in chimpanzee DNA by knowing the number of mutations in a different species’ DNA and the two animals’ population sizes.
“‘That’s a very specific prediction,’ said Eric Lander, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., and a leader in the chimp project.
“Sure enough, when Lander and his colleagues tallied the harmful mutations in the chimp genome, the number fit perfectly into the range that evolutionary theory had predicted.
“Their analysis was just the latest of many in such disparate fields as genetics, biochemistry, geology and paleontology that in recent years have added new credence to the central tenet of evolutionary theory: That a smidgeon of cells 3.5 billion years ago could — through mechanisms no more extraordinary than random mutation and natural selection — give rise to the astonishing tapestry of biological diversity that today thrives on Earth.
I know there are serious, well-meaning people who believe that evolution represents a threat to religion. I know they’re afraid of our becoming a secular society rejecting Christianity to bow before the icon of Charles Darwin. I know they want the U.S. to be a Christian nation (in complete violation of the wishes of the founding fathers.)
Evolution is only a threat to religion if you’re still holding on to Bishop Ussher’s bizarre declaration that the world was created about 4,000 years ago (I forget the exact day and time, but he figured it out.)
Actually, it’s the I.D. fanatics that are the greatest threat to religion. Come to think of it, the I.D. fanatics are the best evidence that Intelligent Design couldn’t possibly be true.Powered by Sidelines