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Banana Man and His Polyp Desecrate ‘On the Origin…’ September 20, 2009

Posted by rationalskeptic in Bullshit Artists.
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Banana Man (Ray Comfort) and his comrade in their fight against reality Kirk Cameron have unveiled the newest scheme to fleece students across the country.

Here is a succinct introduction from P.Z. Myers from his blog Pharyngula:

Back in June, I reported on this new sleazy tactic by Ray Comfort: he produced an abridged edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species, and then had the gall to tag on a preface that he had written himself, full of the standard creationist misconceptions. Comfort is astoundingly ignorant of basic biology; the best analogy to what he’s doing here would be if I were to give a chimpanzee a few blank sheets of paper and a convenient pile of his own feces and ask him to write a theological exegesis of the book of Genesis.

Oh, wait. On second thought, the chimpanzee would probably do a smarter job of his task than Comfort did of his.

Anyway, Ray and his polyp, Kirk Cameron, have a grand plan. They are going to give away their mangled edition of the Origin on 50 college campuses on 19 November, with the intent of allowing students to see the ‘alternative’ view. As if no one has heard of creationism, or as if it was a valid alternative to science.

And, this is the counter-attack post at Richard Dawkins’ site:

On Thursday November 19, 2009, Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort (the banana guy) will be distributing 50,000 copies of Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ at universities across America to students for free.

BUT THERE’S A CATCH!!

Each copy will have a 50 page intro about how evolution has never been proven and how Darwin helped inspire the Holocaust.

You can watch this video for more information:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN9zpf5cT0M

Or read the 50 page intro here:
http://assets.livingwaters.com/pdf/OriginofSpecies.pdf

If this outrages you, then you’re not alone. There’s something we can do though. We can amass as many of these books as possible, remove the 50 page intro, and then donate perfectly good copies of ‘Origin of Species’ to schools, libraries, and Goodwill. We can actually make this into something positive.

If you are in college, then you are in a good position to help. Check your campus on November 19th, and if you see a group distributing copies of the book, then get as many as you can. Get a copy for yourself, ask if you can have extra copies for your friends, ask your friends to go ask for copies, and ask other people you see carrying the book if you can have their copy.

This is a shameful thing that Kirk Cameron and the Banana Guy are doing by altering another person’s book in order to push their agenda. But we can help to restore the book to how it was intended and keep young minds from being brainwashed by misinformation.

This information needs to be passed around the scientifically skeptic-minded reasoned rationalists blogs, so go out and spread the word!

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1. Justin - September 20, 2009

Do you really want atheists to be known as the ones who are trying to amass the books and rip out the pages? Do you really want to be known for censorship? I wrote about this at http://christianincollege.com/2009/09/18/censoring-christians-origin-of-species/

rationalskeptic - September 20, 2009

I am sure you know about the Dover trial? The “c design proponentists” used this exact same argument, so considering the decision in that trial, your point is null. If you ignorant of said trial you should read up, restructure your argument, and then we could have some good discussion.

2. Justin - September 20, 2009

You are behind the times. Other atheists are turning away from this “plan:, because they realize the image it gives. Do you really want to be one of those people? It is going to make you look like you are afraid of people getting this info, even if you really aren’t.

3. rationalskeptic - September 21, 2009

Reality is the image this “plan” gives. How far will you “faithests” go in defense of such childish nonsense. On the one hand we have a 150 year consensus of the scientific community, that recognize reality in all it’s “glory,” on the other hand we have faith.
Next time Elie Wiesel speaks on his experiences in Nazi concentration camps, and some ignorant fool claims the Holocaust is a conspiracy, remember to stand by the deniers side, put your arm around him, and help give his ideas “equal time.”

4. Justin - September 21, 2009

When did I demand equal time? I am just saying it is censorship to develop a plan to obtain a book in mass quantities and tear out the portion you disagree with. As far as me being a “faithest”, I do not believe you and I have ever personally talked about my belief in God or what leads me to that conclusion. Please don’t judge me in that way or make false assumptions. I will try to not judge you based on what other atheists have done. Please give me the same courtesy.

5. rationalskeptic - September 21, 2009

Please don’t judge you? I’m not judging you in the least, I clicked the link in your first comment as you requested, and drew my conclusions based on your blog. But, you are right, before I went to your blog you sounded like a ‘faitheist,’ but I now realize I gave you too much credit.
When a Dawkins, Hitchens, or any other reality based academic produces an abridged version of the bible, and adds a 50 page “atheist” indoctrination pamphlet I hope you are just as supportive. This is not a matter of censorship, Comfort and Cameron are a joke and it is a travesty that they a mangling one of the greatest scientific works in history.

6. Justin - September 22, 2009

We’ll have to agree to disagree.


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