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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Apparently It's Atheists Day

At least that is what I discovered in the e-mail bag:

April 1st is Atheists' Day...
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."
— Psalm 14:1 (1599 Geneva Bible)

Also in the e-mail bag was an interview of Vera Sharav by Suzan Mazur. Ms. Sharav is the founder and president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP), a watchdog group for the protection of human rights in biomedical research. Very well. What caught my attention, however, was the in-quest-of-a-conspiracy tone of questioning.

A little poking around reveals that Ms. Mazur claims to have unearthed a discovery behind closed doors that will shock (Shock! I tell you!) the world of evolutionary science. Okaaaaaayyyyy.

It all comes across as as breathless as the ID movement types, or maybe Glenn Beck when he needs some time off.

Just before dismissing her as being allied with the black helicopter crowd, I found out that atheist curmudgeon Paul (PZ) Meyers (he of "It's a frackin' cracker" fame) does not care much for Ms. Mazur and so thought maybe she is worth a second look. (No, I didn't really.) On this one, Herr Meyers is right.

Having not been on his site in a while, I poked around some. It seems that Mr. Meyers now styles himself as an Affirmative Atheist, discarding the Uppity Atheist moniker. Nah.. More like jerk, same as it ever was. (If you follow the link you may want to try the bulk of the comments, if you're interested in completing a hugger-mugger of vitriol, ignorance, and shoddy thinking.) Actually, I think zealot fits best. The plus is that zealots can still make good converts, but not all. (Yes, that was a biblical allusion.)

Update:

On the positive side, I did get reintroduced to John Wilkins' Evolving Thoughts, which includes a link to this bee post that got me laughing so hard I cried.

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