Friday, April 11, 2008

How many commandments are sacred, again?

The cryptotheist ID-brigade seem to find no tactic beneath them in their quest to bring down science and replace it with creationist nonsense. No lie is too egregious. Lie upon lie upon lie; it's all grist for the mill.

The makers of Expelled have taken lying to the form of art, or at least artifice. They lied to obtain their interviews - lied about the film's title and purpose, lied in the film, lied in marketing it. The whole "not bearing false witness" thing is apparently only a suggestion. Certainly it doesn't carry the force of the cryptotheist's only commandment - "Promoting creationism's lies shalt be the whole of the law."

But it doesn't end there. Apparently a few other biblical commandments are also mere suggestions, not, well, commandments.

Like the one about not stealing. Like the XVIVO video, which Dembski stole (and lied and lied about), and which has now been oh-so-slightly altered in Expelled. So that's two.

But wait, maybe there's more.

"Neither shall you desire your neighbour’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour."

(Yipe. Owning slaves is right there in the commandments. God really likes slavery. You think God could have said "Hey, that slavery thing is not on. Cut it out already." somewhere in amongst all the stuff about honoring parents and six days shall you labor and coveting asses... nope. Apparently slavery is just dandy by God.)

Okay, now, science class belongs to, well science -- hence the name. That's what it's for. Putting cryptotheist preaching about demonstrably non-science creationism in there by dressing it in pseudo-scientific clothing doesn't make Jacob into Esau. That's coveting what belongs to science.

Go argue about whether creationism is literally true in bible class - many churches have one. A few of them even read bits of it. Pity none of the good bits seem to sink into the cryptotheist creatard ID-crowd.

So I reckon that's three. Seven left*. Come on, IDists, you're not trying hard enough! Murdering good taste or Darwin's reputation, or just basic logic... that's not what Yahweh was on about (probably) - it's just incredibly shitty behaviour.

*(well, 11 or 12 or so, actually - it depends on whether you're looking at Exodus or Deuteronomy, and how many separate things you really force together ... anyway, within the limits of the very confused structure, I can count that there's about 14 or 15, not ten, which makes me an evil non-believer, because a true believer would agree that 14 or 15 is exactly the same as 10 and pi is three and I wouldn't notice that Mary's husband Joseph has two different fathers and I would overlook the fact that Jehoachin is both 8 and 18 and there's way, way too many types of creatures in the world to stick them all on a modest wooden boat with all their food and with just a single extended family to look after them all for more than ten months... or was it seven? With that as an example, maybe it's no wonder the IDists can never keep their stories straight for five minutes at a time.)

Now the thing is, even if it's just three commandments, they're forgetting something sorta important about Yahweh's little carved-in-stone suggestions... he's kind of pissy about people not keeping them. Right there in the text of the commandments. Okay, not quite evil ol' New Testament-style "eternal torture in hell" passive-aggressive pissy. Good ol' OT blood and thunder: "I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments". That's plenty pissy, harming innocent children. He's sure nifty, ain't he?

So creatards, you really want to risk your grandchildren (and theirs, it seems, if god is counting okay this week, and feeling kinda smitey) in your evil little games? Are you sure? Or maybe you don't actually believe it? In which case, what's all the lying and stealing and shit for, anyway? Either you're motivated by belief, in which case, you're fucking with God's laws, or you're not, in which case, what, you're just lying and stealing and so on because you want to put creationism in science class for the hell of it?


1 comment:

Dana Hunter said...

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.