May 31, 2007


The Evolution of Ridiculous

We were watching Borat the other day, with the kids. Actually, with a friend of theirs as well, after I called his Mom & Dad and asked if it was okay. I do that, because there are things I let my kids watch with me, but I don't pretend to want to be the decider for other people.

Borat is jaw-droppingly rude, but also brilliant. I have don't have much time for the usual poo-poo-caw-caw humour that passes for entertainment these days, and quite frankly snooze through a great deal of the Stiller/Sandler/Murphy stuff that is mostly a bunch of cheap shots strung together and aimed at 13-year-old boys.

As we sat watching, I was a little leery that the sophistication of the irony might sail over young heads, and serve to reinforce the very stereotypes it was mocking. I needn't have worried. I heard the kids discussing how Sasha Cohen, the creator and alter ego of Borat, was the perfect person to tackle Jewish prejudice because he was himself Jewish. Devoutly Jewish. It was nice to see that a 12, 13 and 15-year-old are that dialed in.

So. As I'm trundling along, content in my discovery that the perhaps things aren't as dire as I feared, that perhaps we will all shake out to a higher ground where intelligence and understanding will prevail, I come across this today in Salon.

I have a bruise on my forehead where I have spent the last 20 minutes smacking my head against the keyboard. Please, please tell me this is not real. Please tell me the people with their hands on the voting levers in the biggest democracy in the world are not lining up for tickets to a place called The Creation Museum.

You simply have to read this link. A gigantic 'museum' that features dinosaurs roaming with Adam and Eve, purporting to explain how every aspect of the Bible can be literally interpreted and explained, with absolutely no nodding acquaintance with, nor respect for, astronomy, geology, evolution, not to mention a dozen other scientific disciplines that have been bumped in favour of the Famed Six "C"'s of History: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, and Consummation. And not consummation like you're thinking, consummation as in 'we're all going to Hell'. Except of course for the way too many visitors to this religious wonderland who pony up the entry fee to see how a remarkably photogenic Adam and Eve (the Creation Museum's own Barbie and Ken) wrecked it all for the rest of us by casting aside their fig leaves and doing a little consummating of their own.

I swear every kid I know is smarter than most of the adults around them. How and when do we pound the imagination and curiosity out of them, so that they turn out to be adults like the ones quoted in this piece? This is not about religion - this is about information and disinformation.

And now back to smacking my head.

6 Comments:

Anonymous duane said...

Lorraine, don't be so surprised...religious zealots are among the scariest of all people. Their "science" proves nothing. Its not even science. Kirk Cameron (remember him from Growing Pains?) and Ray Comfort have a website that tries to convince us that evolution is BS. If you really enjoy banging your head against your keyboard, pay it a visit. http://www.wayofthemaster.com/

May 31, 2007 4:41 PM  
Anonymous April said...

Sorry Lorraine...while the museum seems silly, as a "religious zealot" of sorts (funny how simply being religious and faith-ruled we become zealots to non-belivers!) I think the whole evolution thing is stupid, and firmly believe in the Adam and Eve foundation. Plain and simple. Who cares how it is set out..just THAT it is.

May 31, 2007 7:48 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Hi Duane, I've been following the Kirk Cameron odyssey (talk about a growing pain) and it's a little scary, to say the least.

And April? Sorry, but I immensely care how it is 'set out'. Tangling up faith with all this does a disservice to us all. And this museum isn't just silly. It's dangerous.

And someone only becomes a zealot in my book when they have their head so firmly planted up their butt that every single door in their mind has been slammed shut to discovering all that they can.

I prefer teaching over preaching, and I prefer my church and state to be firmly separated.

June 01, 2007 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I visited that Kirk Cameron site years ago when it was in an earlier version. There was a 'test' on the site which basically credited you for every commandment you hadn't broken.

By the end of it I was told that I had angered God and was going to Hell.

Whether you believe or not, nobody needs Mike Seaver telling you you're going to Hell.

June 01, 2007 11:13 AM  
Anonymous April said...

Well I believe they should be separate also..but I get tired of being lumped in as a zealot for believing in creation as God did it as opposed to the scientific horse-poop out there.

June 01, 2007 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that crazy scientific evidence is so annoying when you're trying to make your magical point...

June 02, 2007 9:12 AM  

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