Dracil’s BlogJournal

December 16, 2008

Evangelicals force leader to step down

Top evangelical resigns after backing gay unions

Well, looks like there’s still some hope for the evangelicals after all.


December 4, 2008

Prop 8 The Musical

Prop 8 The Musical.  It’s about 3 min long.  Contains quite a few big names in the cast.

While we’re at it, let’s ban divorce.

November 12, 2008

On Proposition 8

The biological argument fails because we don’t ban marriages for infertile couples nor do we require that couples must have children.

The traditional argument fails because marriage has been changing through history, from when women were essentially livestock to the fact that same-sex marriages existed since Roman times.

The protecting marriage argument fails because these same people don’t spend nearly the same amount of time and effort on divorce.

The slippery slope fallacy fails because it’s a fallacy.

The religious argument fails because we are not a theocracy.

The “it’s only a word” argument fails because if you truly believed that, you’d know it works both ways and you wouldn’t have any problem with them having that “only a word”.

The will of the voters argument fails because of tyranny of the majority and something called checks and balances along with the possibility that Proposition 8 itself was actually illegal because it did not go through the proper process as required for constitutional revisions and instead passed itself on as a constitutional amendment.  Also, the “will” of the voters is drastically changing.  8 years ago, the margin was 23%.  It is now 4%.  The reason they don’t want a third vote is because they know that time is against them and that the next time, full equality will win out, especially when a lot of the Obama effort can shift their energy back on this.  Also, they are friggin’ hypocrites because they keep putting the abortion notification thing in the ballots even though it’s been defeated THREE times now.

The “we should abolish all marriages and let marriage be defined by the individual religion but I voted Yes on H8” fails because voting your definition of marriage into the constitution is exactly the opposite of not letting the state have anything to do with marriages.

Also, what’s with people complaining about being boycotted?  Yeah, you have the right to donate money for your political beliefs.  And we have the right not to patronize your business as a result.  But people really need to be more careful and not target a business because an employee made the donation.  Employers cannot legally do anything about that.  But if the employer made the donation, then their business is fair game for a boycott.

There’s a nationwide protest this Saturday as well.  http://jointheimpact.com/

May 22, 2008

Injunction against Expelled continues

Wikinews and AP

Key points:

EMI filed its own separate lawsuit against Premise in a New York state court alleging that Premise’s usage of the song is harming EMI’s ability to license “Imagine,” which has only been licensed in one film (The Killing Fields).

In court, Judge Richard Lowe, according to the Wall Street Journal, “seemed skeptical” about Falzone’s arguments. Lowe asked Falzone why the film’s producers did not read the lyrics to the song or flash the lyrics on the screen. Lawyers also pointed out that Premise Media licensed all other music in the film except for Lennon’s song.

So, they’ll probably just make them remove that segment of the movie and/or make them pay a bunch of money.  I don’t think they’ll really prevent the film from being shown in Canada or distributed on DVD.

May 9, 2008

Ken Miller criticizes Expelled

Ken Miller, a Catholic biology professor at Brown University, has actually written an op-ed piece for the Boston Globe.

Much of this has already been said before, but it certainly helps to have one of the most prominent people in this debate (he was a witness for the evolution side at the Dover Trial) come out and speak out against Expelled.  Naturally, the producers of Expelled don’t like him, even before this piece:

The movie also uses interviews with avowed atheists like Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion,” to argue that scientific establishment is vehemently anti-God. Never mind that 40 percent of the members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science profess belief in a personal God. Stein, avoiding these 50,000 people, tells viewers that “Darwinists” don’t allow scientists to even think of God.

Puzzled, the editors of Scientific American asked Mark Mathis, the film’s co-producer, why he and Stein didn’t interview such people, like Francis Collins (head of the Human Genome Project), Francisco Ayala, or myself. Mathis cited me by name, saying “Ken Miller would have confused the film unnecessarily.” In other words, showing a scientist who accepts both God and evolution would have confused their story line.

Fascinating how Creationist’s idea of “teaching the controversy” means not showing things that would break their entire argument, isn’t it?

Since every paragraph of the piece brings up a good point against Expelled, it would be rather pointless to try quoting them or I’d end up just pasting the entire article here, so I’ll just leave it with the last paragraph.

“Expelled” is a shoddy piece of propaganda that props up the failures of Intelligent Design by playing the victim card. It deceives its audiences, slanders the scientific community, and contributes mightily to a climate of hostility to science itself. Stein is doing nothing less than helping turn a generation of American youth away from science. If we actually come to believe that science leads to murder, then we deserve to lose world leadership in science. In that sense, the word “expelled” may have a different and more tragic connotation for our country than Stein intended.

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