"...I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me..." [Deuteronomy 5:8-10]

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Shorter Denyse O'Leary

1. Insist you reject evolution for scientific, not religious reasons

"They want to be nice. They want me to be nice. They would like everything to be nice... Well, how nice, exactly, are things for anyone who disagrees, based on evidence?... Notice, I said, "based on evidence." Because that is the key."

- Denyse O'Leary, Catholic Darwinists..., 13 Feb 2008

2. Question the faith of Christians who do accept evolution

"the upcoming Evolution Sunday, on which American liberal Protestant clergy will try to sell Darwin's theory of evolution to their congregations."

Denyse O'Leary, Dhimmis for Darwin? ..., 29 Jan 2008

"87% of evoutionary biologists are atheists and agnostics. 78% are pure naturalists (materialists)... That's an astounding figure and points to the fact that Darwinism is a pseudoscience cult - the creation story of militant atheism... The rap against Evolution Sunday is that so many of the churches involved hang very loosely to traditional Christian teachings."

- Denyse O'Leary, ...Evolution Sunday service, 10 Feb 2008

3. Claim religious persecution when people call you a hypocrite.

"...some people really do have their shirts in a knot over other people’s religions. Not as many as over race, by any means, but still... Jewish people are way more at risk than others... If I weren’t so happy being a Catholic, I would be tempted to be a Jew. I wouldn’t be tempted to be an atheist/agnostic, because it doesn’t sound like anyone cares much."

Denyse O'Leary, Hate crimes against religions..., 14 Feb 2008

Further reading:

"I also don’t think that there is really a theory of intelligent design at the present time to propose as a comparable alternative to the Darwinian theory, which is, whatever errors it might contain, a fully worked out scheme. There is no intelligent design theory that’s comparable. Working out a positive theory is the job of the scientific people that we have affiliated with the movement. Some of them are quite convinced that it’s doable, but that’s for them to prove... No product is ready for competition in the educational world." - Philip Johnson, father of the ID movement, 2006

"Intelligent Design is a really, really bad idea --scientifically, politically, and theologically. I say this as a dedicated conservative, who has on many occasions defended and espoused religion and religious conservatism. I also say it as a professional molecular biologist, who has worked daily (or at least week-daily) for years with biological problems to which the theory of evolution has contributed significant understanding -- and to which Intelligent Design is incapable of contributing any understanding at all." - Mac Johnson, Intelligent Design, and Other Dumb Ideas, 15 Nov 2007

"I don’t believe in intelligent design mainly because there’s no scientific evidence for it, but also because it’s problematic theologically as well. A belief in evolution doesn’t immediately lead one to become an atheist—no matter what the atheists say. It does mean that you can’t take the Bible literally, but with all deference to my Fundamentalist readers (and I use the term “Fundamentalist” in its exact sense, not as a slur), the Bible is not a work designed to be taken literally." - Jay Redding, 18 February 2008

CBEB's: St. Denyse of Leary cries about persecution, then asks for more.

Added: "the utter irony is that O'Leary is criticizing an individual scientist for doing what young-earth creationists and proponents of intelligent design do as a rule, consistently, all the time, namely refusing to take seriously the evidence against their views, and allowing their views to be shaped by older paradigms that have been replaced in mainstream science by ones that better fit the evidence." - James McGrath, Exploring Our Matrix, 19 Feb 08


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