Re: [asa] Atheist finds God thru Behe's books....

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Thu Oct 15 2009 - 19:51:30 EDT

On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM, Schwarzwald <> wrote:

> C'mon Rich. Are you honestly, truly going to draw a line from ID to Bill
> Maher? Bill freaking Maher, creator of Religulous?
> I don't know if you realize it though, but Bill Maher recently received an
> award from Atheist Alliance International. The Richard Dawkins award, and
> Dawkins was fully aware Maher would be getting it - and pleaded utter apathy
> to Maher's stances on "medical science".
> Oh, and the description of this award? Courtesy of the Wikipedia:
> "*The Richard Dawkins Award will be given every year to honor an
> outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the
> nontheist life stance; who through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or
> the stage advocates increased scientific knowledge; who through work or by
> example teaches acceptance of the nontheist philosophy; and whose public
> posture mirrors the uncompromising nontheist life stance of Dr. Richard
> Dawkins.*"<>
> Advocates increased scientific knowledge, Rich. Oh, incidentally, past
> winners of the award? Penn and Teller. Have a look at their stance on global
> warming, if you weren't already aware of it.
> So, can we say the AAI is wrecking science? Indeed, that Richard Dawkins
> himself is helping to contribute to this? Because if you're going to connect
> Bill Maher to ID, I'm going to point out Maher is celebrated and legitimized
> by others in a more explicit way - and it all serves to back up my point
> that this talk of "Science, science, science!" is so very often a
> smokescreen.
Go back to the exchange between Frist and Maher. Frist was trying to show
why Maher is a kook by citing peer-reviewed science. The attack on
peer-reviewed science came largely from ID and movies such as Expelled but
as this shows it is not exclusive to it. I realize who Bill Maher is and
how extreme he is. Him getting that award started a firestorm in the secular
science community. See
we get quotes like this:

 It may be true that Maher may said
> :
> You can't be a rational person six days a week...and on one day of the
> week, go to a building, and think you're drinking the blood of a two
> thousand year old space god
> But in reality the religious described by Maher actually have one thing on
> him. According to Maher, they're only irrational once a week; Maher's
> irrational a hell of a lot more of the time.

You have leftist sites such as the DailyKos defending Frist and demanding
Maher apologize and correct himself on the air.

But, that's my point. This is meant to be shocking. In effect, he and ID are
on the same side in attacking peer-reviewed science. They also both use the
same misrepresentation of the scientific consensus M.O, cf. the bogus Salk
quote Maher used. The difference is when Maher gets an award or says these
outrageous things the secular science community rebukes him. When we as
Christians do the same for those who are ID advocates we get attacked for
having the temerity to suggest that somehow Christians should have higher
standards than Atheists!

Rich Blinne
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