Cedric Cuthbert, a 49-year-old pastor at the St. James Church and Disney World employee, was arrested on suspicion of viewing child pornography while actually on the job at the children’s theme park. According to the arrest affidavit, semen was found in Cuthbert’s Disney office. There is no word if any genetic material was found on the Mickey suit, however.
Investigators stated that Cuthbert viewed multiple inappropriate YouTube videos posted by teen girls to whom he sent messages such as “you are so cute! Great sexy bodi! Send me a private vid.” That a pastor at a church would be busted for child porn and soliciting sex from minors isn’t exactly shocking; what is surprising is that Cuthbert was actually soliciting members of the opposite sex. Way to go, Cedric.
Have I ever told you how much I love religion? I adore it. Without the endless parade of unfathomable stupidy to mock, I would simply be lost. So, ironically, you can add me to the list of people who religion has given purpose in life.
One of the most popular claims among adults who have imaginary friends is the idea that life simply cannot come from non-life. The irony of this argument is that the individuals offering it seemingly have no problem believing that two fully formed adults magically appeared in the jungle. However, there is a very plausible theory on how life was first generated, and that theory is called abiogenesis. The theory suggests that life on Earth formed from organic compounds through an entirely natural process; not from a sky wizard snapping his fingers. I’m certainly no scientist, so I will leave it there and let the biologist in the video above give you the basics.
It’s important to keep in mind that even if the theory of abiogenesis was somehow shown to be entirely false, that would not be any evidence that man-made religions are true. Just as the inability to say definitively what preceded the big bang (even though there are plausible theories) does not make the bible the word of God. Gaps in scientific knowledge simply mean we haven’t fully figured it out yet. Are there holes in theories such as evolution and abiogenesis? Sure. It would be dishonest of anyone to say otherwise, but that does not mean that both processes are not observable facts. The gaps in scientific knowledge will fill in over time as we continue to research and learn, but religion will still be just as archaic and stupid as it is today. In sum, simply because people of faith are unwilling or unable to understand the complex process of abiogenesis, does not mean that it did not occur.
I’m pretty sure I posted this before my blog went on hiatus, but I lost a lot of content in the transition. Anyway, it’s a great video from the always brilliant Richard Dawkins, and it belongs on my site. So, forgive the re-post. Also, I’m writing as if anyone actually reads this shit. I need to start advertising this again. Comments and hate mail were fun. Talking to myself not as entertaining.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a gargantuan storm – three times the diameter of Earth – with sustained winds in excess of 300 mph. This monster, alien storm has been raging for centuries, and it shows no signs of relenting anytime in the near future. The appalling size and energy of the Great Red Spot beg the question: what exactly did the inhabitants of Jupiter do to so anger our God? The biggest storms on earth last a few days, flatten a few houses, and then simply devolve into harmless rain and wind before giving way to beautiful sunshine. And that’s our punishment for murdering babies, dabbling in the flesh trade, and disobeying the very word of God. Therefore, Jupiterians (I just made that up) must be unimaginably awful to be punished by God with such a horrific storm. They must fly planes into… er… they must drop nuclear bom… um… they must gas each other en masse in ove…. hmmm. I dunno. But the people of Jupiter must be real dicks.
Natural selection is the gradual, non-random process by which biological traits become either more or less common in a population as a function of differential reproduction of their bearers instantaneous process by which a sky wizard with a white beard snapped his fingers and created all species of life on the planet simultaneously.. It is a key mechanism of evolution an entirely supernatural process. The term “natural selection” was popularized by Charles Darwin who intended it to be compared with artificial selection, which is now called selective breeding the Pope who intended it to give glory to God for his magnificent creation.
Variation exists within all populations of organisms. This occurs partly because random mutations cause changes in the genome of an individual organism, and these mutations can be passed to offspring Jesus thought it would be fun to have all kinds of cool, exotic pets. Throughout the individuals’ lives, their genomes interact with their environments to cause variations in traits they remain monogamous and engage in sex only for procreation. Individuals with certain variants of the trait may survive and reproduce more than individuals with other variants are created just the way God designed them. Therefore the population evolves people and animals are exactly the same today as they were when God created them 6,000 years ago.