Concerned “Woman” Reviews Expelled

Not really J. Matt Barber

J. Matt Barber (artist’s conception)

Yes, our old friend, concerned “woman” J. Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America, is going to the movies, and he’s taking us along! Old Barbie has reviewed Expelled: No Intelligent Design Evidence Presented.

(S)He writes:

“Expelled” is intellectually honest, cerebrally stimulating and delectably provocative.

I don’t know about those last two, but “intellectually honest”?! Getting interviews under false pretenses is intellectually honest? Blaming the Holocaust on the fact that species evolve is intellectually honest? WTF, man! WTF?!

Evolution = Holocaust is a total non-sequitur! Not only is that not “intellectually honest”, it isn’t even logically honest!

People come onto my blog and leave comments grousing about how I keep calling creationists “retards”! Look at the evidence, people! J. Matt Barber has to be a blithering idiot to call Expelled “intellectually honest”! Does he not understand honesty? Does he not understand intellect? He’s obviously unacquainted with both.

He then continues:

[T]he general consensus among the evolutionary scientists interviewed was that all life, including human life, likely began when lightening [sic] struck a mud puddle (you know, like Frankenstein but without all the prefab body parts).

You’re right, Barbie! That sure is an absurd story. Not like this one:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…. [Genesis 2:7]

So tell me, Barbie. How does that story work? Like Frankenstein but without all the prefab body parts?

Continuing his review:

As the movie masterfully illustrates, we live in a cultural climate where secular elitists in academia, the media and the courts chew up and spit out anyone who dares to question the gospel according to Charles Darwin. They’re absolutely terrified to follow the scientific evidence wherever it may lead.

And that evidence is what, precisely? Your people have never provided any.

They don’t want to upset the morally relative applecart, which is loosely held together by the notion that we’re all just a bunch of monkeys with an instinctive, biological excuse for all our behavioral choices. To them, life’s a whole lot easier under the theory of evolution. Without a sovereign Creator to answer to, we get to scoot along and party hearty, free from accountability.

BINGO! That’s the payoff! Read that paragraph again. This is the entire foundation that the fundies’ anti-evolution campaign rests on. It’s the real motivation.

Fundies are convinced that without God, there can be no morality. They don’t understand that evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology very cleanly explain how morality evolves and develops within human societies and even other animal species.

Fundies believe that scientists don’t want there to be a God. Scientists, intellectuals, and their co-conspirators in the Liberal Media all want to be able to run around in sinful, materialistic debauchery. They don’t want to have to answer to God for their sinful ways, so they invent an atheistic science to “prove” that God does not exist.

Not only is this belief absurd, it’s logically bankrupt. If God exists, but you pretend he doesn’t so you don’t have to adhere to his rules, that doesn’t make him go away. If he exists, wishing him away won’t work. But that’s the logic that fundies think secularists use.

It’s crazy-town logic. It makes as much sense as saying that because species evolve, Hitler killed the Jews.

16 Responses to “Concerned “Woman” Reviews Expelled”

  1. Kylgar Says:

    The thing is, to them it *is* logic. It’s even the the same logic they used to create god in the first place.

    But as it turns out, “wanting something doesn’t make it real,” as illustrated masterfully here:
    http://xkcd.com/240/

  2. Warren Says:

    Asking if J. Matt Barber understand intellect is like asking if an emu understands calculus.

  3. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Without a sovereign Creator to answer to, we get to scoot along and party hearty, free from accountability.

    Funny. I find a common young Christian attitude to be “party hearty” and then repent and ye not need to worry about past wrongs! All is forgiven!

    For me, on the other hand, I do good by my fellow man (and fellow animals and plants and earth) because I know I want good to be done unto me. You know, “golden rule” and all that. Since I know I can’t simply “repent” and all is forgiven and my past wrongs are forgotten, I want to be as good as I can every day. It feels good to do good. I don’t do good because of a fear for a firey afterlife. What about Mr. Barber? If he didn’t fear hell, would he just succumb to some internal mass murderer instinct?

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Warren:

    Asking if J. Matt Barber understand intellect is like asking if an emu understands calculus.

    That’s not a fair comparison. An emu has a bigger brain.

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    Parrotlover:

    I don’t do good because of a fear for a firey afterlife. What about Mr. Barber? If he didn’t fear hell, would he just succumb to some internal mass murderer instinct?

    Apparently. Fundies project their fears and insecurities onto others. We should be thankful that religion exists, because I think it keeps a lot of people under control. John Wayne Gacy was probably a failed fundie.

  6. Steven Carr Says:

    ‘As the movie masterfully illustrates, we live in a cultural climate where secular elitists in academia, the media and the courts chew up and spit out anyone who dares to question the gospel according to Charles Darwin.’

    Boy, is that true!

    Consider what happened to the reputation of a certain German politician of the 1930s and 1940s who dared to doubt Darwin.

    I quote him := ‘ ‘Woher nehmen wir das Recht zu glauben, der Mensch sei nicht von Uranfaengen das gewesen , was er heute ist? Der Blick in die Natur zeigt uns, dass im Bereich der Pflanzen und Tiere Veraenderungen und Weiterbildungen vorkommen. Aber nirgends zeigt sich innherhalb einer Gattung eine Entwicklung von der Weite des Sprungs, den der Mensch gemacht haben muesste, sollte er sich aus einem affenartigen Zustand zu dem, was er ist, fortgebildet haben.”

    A translation ”From where do we get the right to believe that man was not from the very beginning what he is today.

    A glance in Nature shows us , that changes and developments happen in the realm of plants and animals. But nowhere do we see inside a kind, a development of the size of the leap that Man must have made, if he supposedly has advanced from an ape-like condition to what he is’ (now)’

    And the guy’s reputation has been dragged through the mud for the past 60 years.

    Doubt Darwin, and see what happens to you….

  7. Jalestra Says:

    Y’know, I’m hugely disturbed by a group of people that needs someone else, even a god, to tell them what right or wrong is. If without god we’d all be without morals to them, it says a lot about how they’d behave if there wasn’t some invisible man up there to set them straight.

  8. scripto Says:

    “cerebrally stimulating and delectably provocative.”

    Cool. Ben Stein finally made a porno. Is there anything that guy can’t (or won’t) do?

  9. davros Says:

    what always disturbs me is that a fundie could sudenly have a brain fart and have the big sky pixie telling them to “kill them all”
    with a blind belief in the sky elf they could do anything

  10. Nigel Says:

    Oh Steven, so clever to use a Hitler quote…that taking just that means he was a creationist…so that means that Evolution =\= Nazism…rather that Creationism = Nazism. So where did this little logic leap take you? Would you rather to take ALL of his sayings into account, where he espouses a stronger view in favor of Evolution, though truthfully he uses Eugenics which has been around WAY before evolution.

  11. Christopher Says:

    @Nigel
    In my opinion Hitler was neither a creationist nor an evolutionist – he was a politician. In front of atheists he declared his disbelief in God. In front of catholics he declared that he was baptised & remains a catholic, etc. He used whatever cover was required to carry out his program – war & genocide. Whatever jargon he had to use to justify it he would happily adopt.

  12. The Watcher Says:

    I think what irritates me most about Barbie is that he spouts his wrongness with such a condescending sneer. It’s like he’s not only wrong, but an idiot who is absolutely positive he’s right.

  13. Sarah Says:

    It’s so true. They think that without any belief in a higher power some sort, that we have no self guidance in our lives. I’ve been called everything from an immoral baby-killing bitch to a stupid misguided liberal…and I’m only like this because I have no God.

    They don’t seem to understand that they chose their religion, not the other way around (Just as we all choose what morals to live by).

    As for the whole Hitler thing…that is such bull. The Jews were used as a political scapegoat for all of Germany’s problems, plain and simple. Hitler didn’t like them so he inflicted his own PERSONAL views on society…hmmm…sounds an awful lot like the fundies trying to turn their own particular religious views into our governing laws now doesn’t it?

    Hell, it worked after WWII…and 9/11.

    Ah, sorry, off topic a tad.

  14. Nigel Says:

    Oh I would agree with you Christopher, the man was, unfortunately, a genius of using the people. I doubt highly that he held any strong view of evolution and or creationism. However, if the Steven is gonna use that quote it actually shows more creationist values. Also, of course his name got dragged through the mud he killed THOUSANDS of people.

  15. Bing McGhandi Says:

    Spot on. Well done.

    HJ

  16. Sharley Says:

    They’re absolutely terrified to follow the scientific evidence wherever it may lead.

    LOL, I commented in another post about that being what traditional Christians are afraid of. How the hell that guy could say that with a straight face, I have no idea — does he think they’ll find conclusive evidence to support Creationism? That just… that level of nonsense just astounds me.