Friday, February 13, 2009

Storey time

Mervyn Storey is getting all hot under the collar about an exhibition about evolution:

However, North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey has called for a creationist exhibition to be run alongside which explains the origin of life according to a literal reading of the Genesis account in the Bible.

“All I’m saying is that there should be a balance because there are other views out there,” Mr Storey said.

“There are people who have a different view to Darwin on creation.”

There are indeed other views, such as the traditional creation myth of the Igluik to pick just one:

Long ago a great catastrophe caused the world's supporting pillars to collapse and destroy the earth. Two men emerged full-grown from hummocks of earth. They married each other, and one became heavy with child. The other man sang a magic song, which caused the pregnant man's penis to divide, he then became a woman and gave birth to a girl child.

Hang on, that probably won't make Mervyn happy as:

  1. It features two men marrying.
  2. One of them has a sex change (performed by the other).
  3. Magic is used.
  4. The now woman gives birth (which probably confuses the hell out of Mervyn).

Oh my, 'tis enough to give the poor wee lamb a case of the fantods!

All of this would be too racy for Mervyn, who is a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, founded by none other than Ian Paisley.

I haven't asked either Mervyn or Ian, but I suspect they would give a resounding "No!!!" to an exhibition featuring that!

Of course, he wants to promote a literal interpretation of Genesis only.

But more of Mervyns' objections:

Mr Storey, himself a proponent of creationism, said that he was entitled to express his views on the subject.

“I believe in creationism and intelligent design, I don’t believe in the theory of evolution”, he said.

Mr Storey also said that a failure by the museum to reflect the views of “other people” could raise the possibility that a legal challenge may be launched under equality legislation.

He's certainly entitled to his views and to express them, but he wants to make the museum run an exhibition promoting his literalist interpretation of Genesis, which is taking it too far.

What's stopping him running his own exhibition in a hall?

He's done this kind of thing before with the Causeway Creation Campaign.

Sadly, he's a chairman of an educational committee.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Todays birthdays

Today is both the double centenary birthday of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln.

Orac has an excellent article on evolution and medicine, while Seed magazine has a fine collection of articles.

Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, led his country during the American Civil War and is an inspiration to many, including President Barack Obama, who chose to announce his candidacy for president in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield Illinois, where Lincoln made his "House Divided" speech.