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Intelligent Creationism & Godless Materialism

Fools jump in where angels fear to tread!

Science cannot ‘prove’ metaphysical first principles like God; nor can science itself scientifically justify materialism or atheism/ agnosticism. First principles (logic, God’s existence, how we know anything) are not subjects for scientific debate– the “heavens declare the Glory of God “to someone who already knows and loves God, and the evidences of faith are not the evidences of science. Equally, materialism is actually an unscientific philosophical position, as are agnosticism and atheism: you cannot prove a negative (God does not exist), nor can you do it through theory, experiment, or scientific evidence. There is no test for ‘god-ness’.

Modern materialist science forgets there is are prior philosophical foundations for science, reason, logic. Those who claim that materialism is ‘scientific’ are simply wrong. There are no experiments for that, either. It’s a presupposition, however much in the background or forgotten. Science presumes creation, intelligibility, some coherence and consistency in the way things are– these are metaphysical first principles.. or as Aristotle put it , the ‘meta ta physica‘ or Metaphysics, literally ‘the things prior to the sciences’. We may think we can jump off our metaphysical shadows, but just because we take them for granted, or as non-existent, doesn’t mean they are (or aren’t).

The ID debate appears very much to be a post-enlightenment fight-back against materialism; it’s much like the fundamentalist/ liberal debate over the ‘historicity’ of the Bible. If we grant that science can determine our metaphysics (or lack of them), we’ve battled on the wrong ground, abusing the proper character of the ‘proofs’ and ‘evidences’ of faith.

The materialists have also claimed too much, that science is the true and only form of knowledge of things; as Christians, we need really good scientists to do objective (non-materialist) science; and to have their metaphysics on straight: God exists and he created all things visible and invisible, and that he makes each thing or creature make itself according to its own proper life and purpose (cf. Aquinas: Grace perfects, it does not destroy nature). However, there is no scientific test for any of that: faith, like a set of glasses, corrects our vision about the true nature of things as created, but again, you can’t ‘prove’ that in the way scientific materialism demands, because they’re mistaken in their first principles, and in their demands for scientific proof of spiritual things.

The analogy of ‘Design’ implies a designer, which leads to endless arguments about how that is provable or not– however, that God– if provable– is not God almighty, maker of heaven and earth, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but only perhaps a kind of Deistic caretaker or watchmaker, who makes his creation, winds it up, and then sends it forth.

The God who is Creator, Logos, Life-Giver is presently making and upholding all things, and making them make themselves: creation is a present activity, as well as describing the finite status of all things made, and their relation to an infinite maker. Spiritually speaking, that it is God working in us and through us, St. Paul puts it this way: “..continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose..” (Php 2:12b-13). That’s called ‘double-agency’: God makes us remake ourselves in His image, in Christ Jesus His Son, through the present and indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, the fount of our life and will.

I’m not sure if this clarifies or muddifies, but it is the shortest answer I can give to “What’s wrong about ID”, without being a materialist, or a creationist, or anything else that fits the terms of the current debate as I no doubt poorly comprehend it.. it’s a battle of analogies on both sides, on the wrong grounds, on a really important question.

Anybody who wants to know more should read the theologian and philosopher Austin Farrer, a peer and friend of C.S. Lewis. His essays, sermons, and books all address the issue of God & Creation– or finite and infinite– in various engaging and thought-provoking ways.

Binks


~ YOU WILL BUY! You will love! The Tyranny Of Nice …. (tyrannyofnice)

Mark Steyn

~ PARENTHOOD now a pricey optional extra? Yes, if you insist on a wealthy lifestyle beforehand …. (freedominion)

~ BIRTH RATES Continue to Plunge: US Census Bureau …. (freedominion)

~ DEMOGRAPHIC Plunge …. (socon.ca)

Being Legally Bullied? Innocent? Join Ezra’s Crew Now!

Ezra

~ EZRA’S BACK! “Human rights commissions in the news”, and he has a task for all of us …. (ezralevant.com)

~ SAITH EZRA: “I have been hit with another human rights complaint” …. (ezralevant.com)

~ EZ: MY SUBMISSION to Richard Moon’s review …. (ezralevant)

~ SSSNEAKIN’! CHRC confirms signature on Levant letter …. (lifesitenews)

~ STILL CLUTCHING the blankie: Ezra Levant calls this Canadian Jewish News article about the HRC controversy “a surprising story” (since the CJN, an official mouthpiece of Official Jewry, is usually disinclined to wade into this type of controversy) …. (scaramouche)

~ CATFUR: “Ezra’s submission to the self-initiated Canadian Human Rights Commission Sham Review being conducted by Richard Moon” …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ EZRA LEVANT has another bogus “Thought Crime” charge levelled against him …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ CANADIAN Jewish News on HRCs–and Ezra Levant …. (deborahgyapong.blog)

~ KANGAROO HUNT: I betcha they all bolt awake at night screaming… “Damn you Ezra!” …. (hallsofmacadamia.blog)

Boissoin

~ EZRA LEVANT and the “fags hate God” dude …. (5fof)

FreeSpeechers

“We all know that conservatives realize that liberals are usually well-intentioned but merely ignorant (or immature, or stupid), while liberals imagine that conservatives are evil — that they are driven by sinister motives. You know the drill — if you want to liberate the Iraqi people, you really want to enrich oil companies, or if you think Obama is a vacuous celebrity, you’re really a racist, or if you think global warming is a hoax, you really hate the environment, etc., etc., etc. Being that leftists flatter themselves by calling themselves “progressives,” like a child, they imagine that the conservative must be the opposite. You might say that they imagine that conservatives want to drive the historical car by looking only in the rear view mirror.”

~ Gagdad Bob ~

~ THE GYAPONG: Shouldn’t he at least be guilty of treason?; David Warren on doctors’ conscience rights; The Catholic Civil Rights League on doctors’ conscience rights; What’s happening in Ontario is scary indeed; More on chronic unintentional dehydration; O’Leary on the Christian (lack of) response to HRC oppression; Shaidle on religious freedom in China; The Cry on August 23–Be there; Should we make all professionals cyphers?; Here’s more evidence why we need two medical systems; Binks has a great essay on doctors without consciences; The unanimity idea did not come out of nowhere …. (deborahgyapong.blog)

~ THE PAPACY Stands for Freedom? …. (jennifer-roback-morse.blog)

~ DAVID WARREN on “Refusing to do harm” …. (canada.com)

~ THE TYRANNY OF NICE… it’s coming soon, wait it’s already here …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE for Ontario Doctors: Public Comment Extended to September 12 …. (lifesitenews)

~ O’LEARY WRITES to a politician …. (post-darwinist.blog)

~ DAVID WARREN II: “In the time since I last wrote on the topic, Canada’s various “human rights” kangaroo courts have publicly retreated on several fronts. Several ludicrous cases, brought against Mark Steyn’s writings in Maclean’s magazine, Ezra Levant’s editorial judgements in the (now defunct in print) Western Standard, and Fr Alphonse de Valk’s in the magazine Catholic Insight — have been dismissed by the tribunals. This, after more publicity had been given to the cases than the human rights bureaucracies felt comfortable with” …. (davidwarrenonline)

~ HATS BANNED in Yorkshire to Aid Surveillance Camera Identification, Orwellian or what? …. (MaD)

~ CANADIAN intellectual freedom news roundup: (If you don’t think that intellectual freedom in Canada matters, why are you even reading The Post-Darwinist?) …. (post-darwinist.blog)

~ A GROUP OF people claiming to be the heirs of the legendary Knights Templar are suing Pope Benedict XVI, seeking more than $150 billion for assets seized by the Catholic Church seven centuries ago …. (dustmybroom)

~ THE CHRC DENIED you access to personal information is well-founded and the CHRC has been so informed …. (MaD)

~ BREAKENRIDGE: “First They Came For The Journalists… then they came for some more” …. (am770chqr)

~ BLAZING CATFUR— “Whacko lawyer wants to hop on Human Rights Gravy Train, gee what else is new? Alan Whyte is applying for a position at the Ontario Human Rights Commission” …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ ENRICHING Diversity: The Enemy Within …. (MaD, no-libs.com)

~ THE RIME of the Ancient Statist …. (godscopybook.blog)

~ YE OLDEN TYMES “Chretien Wants to Kiss China’s Butt”; A Decrepit Old Man …. (fd, godscopybook)

~ SETTING THE STAGE For Forced Abortions And Euthanasia …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ FROM A SENATOR “who gets it”: Personal freedom under fire …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ THE HUMAN RIGHT To Extort Your Doctor …. (downwitheverybody)

~ CALGARY: Multicultural swimmers not provided with equal opportunity to drown …. (dustmybroom.com)

~ WORD FROM THE GREAT BROWNSHIRT NORTH— Pete Vere writes from Deep Inside the Maple Archipelago …. (markshea.blog)

~ THE RANK AND FILE of the progressive movement doesn’t like free speech …. (MaD)

~ WHAT ABOUT BLOODY SECULARISM? “If There Is No God” …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ MORAL EQUIVALENCY: “Vancouver Sun Columnist: Who Are We To Lecture China, Since We’re Evil, Too?” …. (downwitheverybody)

~ IT’S A TRADITION! “Man on Greyhound bus threatens a good old fashioned Canadian beheading” …. (dustmybroom)

~ CANADA’S Human Rights Gestapo– Deborah Weiss in FrontPageMag …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ OK, LIKE: OMG! Sorority’s Been Advancing Human Rights For 100 Years …. (downwitheverybody)

~ DER SHAIDLE: “Finally: an article about the HRCs not actually written by me” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ HUMAN RIGHTS complaint dismissal spurs more debate …. (cjnews.com, blazingcatfur.blog)

~ ANY SCUMBAG “can promote anti-semitic conspiracy theories. But using the homeless to promote anti-semitic conspiracy theories? That’s so evil, Satan himself might be a little creeped out” …. (damianpenny)

~ ONTARIO Orwellian Tribunal is getting some volunteer enforcers …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ LIBERAL AUSSIE Politician Laments Canada’s Freaky Star Chambers …. (downwitheverybody, 5fof)

~ DR. ROY ON THE the intrusion of the Ontario Human Rights Commission into the medical world: This is outrageous.; Missing: conscience and intelligence at leadership level; Speak out against the conscience-free doctor …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ IS THAT A BENCH, Or A Soap Box? [Globe and Mail] “Supreme Court of Canada Judge Ian Binnie issued a call Tuesday for Canadian multi-national corporations to pay more attention to human rights abuses in Third World countries where they operate.” …. (downwitheverybody)

~ SHIRE NETWORK NEWS: “Podcast Goes to a Typical English University” …. (shirenetworknews)

~ TOO BUSY GROVELLING BEFORE The Spirit of The Age… Indeed. “Canadian Christians are a big part of the problem” …. (fivefeetoffury.com)

~ OPEN-MINDED China confiscates Americans’ Bibles: my latest in FrontPage Magazine …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ THE CANADIAN Blogosphere’s First Legal Offense Fund! …. (smalldeadanimals)

~ YOUR WOULD-BE MASTERS AT WORK— So called Human Rights Commissions, employ 1000 and blow 200 million+ tax dollars annually …. (marginalizedactiondinosaur)

~ A RECENT BC HUMAN RIGHTS Tribunal “decision” came across my desk first thing this morning. I need to get a new job because I don’t want to deal with the imbeciles at the BC Human Rights Tribunal and if anyone thinks I’m joking, take a look at their recent “decisions” and their “reasons” for same. Easy enough to find on a Google. Read and weep …. (dustmybroom)

~ AND PEOPLE Blame Russia For Censorship?!? …. (dustmybroom)

~ CREATIONISTS Strike Back– “Apparently, I’ve been taken to task by Intelligent Design proponent Denyse O’Leary over my column last week on evolution”; Darwinian fairy tales again: Just keep those shards and fetters coming …. (am770chqr, post-darwinist.blog)

~ GHOSTLY FLEA.. “Careful, Yusuf. In Canada you would be up on thought crimes charges for bringing the English Gamma class and their Alpha administrators into the hatred and contempt they have so richly earned” …. (ghostofaflea)

~ MP JASON KENNEY for Freedom …. (shotgun)

~ CANADIAN Center for Policy Studies — help them spread the conservative word …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ WITH ONTARIO planning DocBots, this will be next: “Christian Doctors Forced to Artificially Inseminate Lesbians”; California Court to Christian Doctors: You Must Violate Your Conscience …. (rightwingnews, wesleyjsmith, merecomments)

~ THE UN CLAIMS to care about free speech! But not for Christians in Arab countries …. (marginalizedactiondinosaur)

~ CANUCKI POLITICIANS do not like to face the fact that multiculturalism is a failure …. (MaD)

~ OY VEY— Leo Adler, director of national affairs for the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, agreed the federal human rights legislation could be improved, but he argued Canadians have chosen to adopt a European model of restricted free speech and not the more open American model …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ TORONTO – The saga of Catholic Insight’s trouble with the Canadian Human Rights Commission is not over …. (catholicregister.org)

~ SHAIDLE— “Who says multiculturalism isn’t working?” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ FREEDOM & FAITH— No Theocracy Here: Saddleback Does What American Christians Have Always Done …. (scriptoriumdaily)

~ MORE FAKERY From The Fake Olympic Games; I stand with a lot of people in not caring too much about the Olympics; Chinese Gymnasts Aged 14, Official Document Shows …. (Various)

~ THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TAX-FUNDED! “Democrat Platform Calls for Funneling Taxpayer Money to Left-Wing Activists” …. (rightwingnews)

~ SHOTGUN BLOG— “Immigration debate– I love bloggingheads.tv. Two people who disagree get into a civil discussion about the topic they disagree about” …. (westernstandard.blogs.com)

~ CHINA VS. CANADA— The infamously memory-holed Sidewinder Report resurfaces; CITIC, Norinco, Husky Oil, Grand Adex Properties Inc, Merrill Lynch, Gordon Capital, Inc, Tai Foong International, CIBC, Ramada Hotels, China Vision and Semi-Tech Corporation, etc. You didn’t think they were Canadian did you? …. (sda)

~ BRUSH UP on your GroupThink– Red Primer for Children and Diplomats …. (thepeoplescube)

~ IN THE MAIL: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization …. (pajamasmedia)

~ BEIJING (AP) – Two elderly Chinese women who applied to hold a protest during the Olympics were ordered to spend a year in a labor camp, a relative said Wednesday. Police later squelched a pro-Tibet demonstration. 4 more foreign activists detained in China …. (nrotc, AP)

~ SOME Toronto homeless selling hate propaganda …. (dustmybroom)

~ IT TURNS OUT free speech is helpful …. (wired.com)

~ THE MISLABELED “United Nations Human Rights Council” …. (eyeontheun.org)

~ ANOTHER DAY, More evidence of fakery in Beijing; and “China wins the Gold in oppression”! China’s Revealing Spectacle of Lies …. (shotgun)

~ GLOBAL WARMING HOAX, Mini-Update. No sunspot.. cooler Summer = the Binks is freezing in his secret hideaway, dressed in Summery clothes. In other Crunchy Fascist news, “Water Bottle Ban on the Horizon” …. (dailybayonet.blog)

~ CLIMATE CHANGE Researcher: Prepare for ‘Little Ice Age’ (will only last 80 years!) …. (directorblue.blog)

~ MARXIST CANDIDATE Barack Obama wants to be president. Given his authoritarian tendencies, will that be enough for him? …. (canadafreepress)

Fun With Georgians

~ HE WAS RIGHT about Iraq; now read his Report from Tbilisi, by Michael J. Totten …. (pumpkin-watch.blog)

~ PETER MACKAY: “On Russia” …. (rjjago)

~ MISSILES INTO GEORGIA: USELESS CONDI SAYS NYET TO GEORGIA IN NATO. UPDATED: RUSSIANS SEIZE US VEHICLES– UPDATED: 3:48 Russia moves SS-21 missiles into Georgia: US defense official …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ PAGING LEFTY PROTESTERS: “An armed group consisting of Georgian and Ukrainian nationalists and Georgia-based Chechen terrorists is being urgently formed on the outskirts of Gori. They plan to make their way to Gori and wear Russian military informs to pillage and torment the local population,” an official of the Russian Defense Ministry said. He added that the information had been received through intelligence and radio intercept” …. (MaD)

~ CLAUDIA ROSETT: Russia, Georgia, the UN — and Where is Kofi Annan When He’s Really Needed? …. (pajamasmedia)

~ INSIDE THE BELTWAY: “Today the US strategic posture lies in tatters in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of US ally Georgia. The fact that aside from issuing strong reprimands the administration has no policy for contending with Russia’s aggression shows clearly that the move caught Washington completely by surprise” …. (carolineglick)

~ RUSSIA TAKES WAR TO THE MIDDLE EAST: Big Russian flotilla led by Admiral Kuznetsov carrier heads for Syrian port …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ GEORGE JONAS on The Prague Spring: ‘It showed communism was allergic to a human face’ …. (nationalpost.com)

~ VICTOR DAVIS HANSON catalogues the various responses to Russia’s rape of Georgia and the incoherence of them all …. (hughhewitt)

~ RUSSIA PROPOSES a New Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact …. (pajamasmedia)

~ THERE IS TALK of denying the Russians the Winter Olympic games in 2014 …. (classicalvalues)

~ SHOT PUT Russia in Georgia, etc …. (MaD)

~ INTERNATIONAL courts look at the Georgia-Russia conflict …. (lawiscool)

~ STEVE COHEN’S Aug 17 interview with John Batchelor about Russia; Russia-Georgia rumble …. (pundita.blog, pundita.blog)

~ UNAMBIGUOUS— “Last week, the Taliban murdered civilian women in Kandahar who were there to deliver aid – and with it some degree of hope – to the Afghan people” …. (sda)

~ VIA AMERICAN DIGEST— Ivan Wants To Play; Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss …. (americandigest.org)

~ RUSSIA HAS RAPED Georgia and is now threatening Poland …. (AmDig, nrotc)

~ CRISIS IN Georgia or Not — Weekly Market and Industry Report: Russian Retail Market …. (dustmybroom)

~ RUSSIANS: Our Response to Missile Shield in Poland Will go “Beyond Diplomacy”; The United States and Poland reached a long-stalled deal on Thursday to place an American missile defense base on Polish territory, in the strongest reaction so far to Russia’s military operation in Georgia …. (Wz)

~ SLEEPY OLD BOAR: “Tim Birdnow has coverage on Russia” …. (sleepyoldbear)

~ SHOW-TRIAL IN THE OFFING ? “Georgia’s Saakashvili to be put on trial in Russia? Prosecutor says ‘genocide probe’ initiated based on reports of actions committed by troops” …. (wnd)

~ NROTC: “Like a lot of folks, I’m not quite sure how far America should go in organizing a wide-ranging response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia, given the risk to our credibility of promising more than can be realistically deliver. But it’s hard not to be moved by the defiant response of Poland, the Baltics, and other former Soviet conquests, as described in this Monitor dispatch” …. (corner.nationalreview)

~ THE USELESS U.N: A New York Sun editorial comments on the UN’s haplessness re the Russia-Georgia conflict …. (scaramouche)

~ VIA PACKWOOD— Framing the issue; Strategic minorities …. (ghostofaflea)

~ PUNDITA: “To any and all U.S. forces in Georgia: STAND DOWN” …. (pundita.blog)

~ RUSSIAN VACATION SNAPS— Photos of the Russian Front in Georgia …. (atlasshrugs2000)

Jihad

~ RAYMOND IBRAHIM: Read about the Muslim assault on Constantinople in 715 and the Copts role in Muslim defeat. “Today in History” …. (victorhanson)

~ NEVER FORGET— The History of Jihad against Austria (1500 – 1683) …. (islam-watch.org)

~ WELCOME TO Canada: another day, another Khadr … (fivefeetoffury)

~ THREATS against Muslim Hero all too Common …. (canadafreepress)

~ ISLAM: FIVE WOMEN BURIED ALIVE IN “HONOR KILLING”— The bodies of the five women who were buried alive were desecrated by the wild animals. This is Islam …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ BOSTOM— Iraq’s Shari’a Compliant Adieu to the U.S.? “Bye-bye! From now on, we don’t need you here” …. (andrewbostom.org)

~ SOLDIERING ON: “The lawyer for alleged terrorist Momin Khawaja, the Ottawa lad currently on trial in London, has come up with an interesting defence. He says his client hoped to be an old-fangled holy warrior in a battlefield setting, not an urban one” …. (scaramouche)

~ FEEL THE MAHDI-LUUUUV! At ‘Mosque Week’ Celebration Ahmadinejad Promises To Destroy Israel. And after The Little Satan? Then, the Big Satan …. (gatewaypundit.blog)

~ HMMMMM: Zogby Then and Now– “When you write a public condemnation that calls those taking a critical look at Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups bigoted, and then the Muslim Brotherhood’s official website picks it up verbatim, well, that’s just not helpful. But that’s what happened to Arab American Institute President James Zogby’s column lamenting Mazen Asbahi’s resignation as an advisor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign” …. (investigativeproject.org)

~ AWWWWW! All He Wanted To Do Was Kill Canadian Soldiers …. (dustmybroom)

~ US PUBLISHERS AFRAID to Publish Mohammed Cartoonist’s Book. Good doggy …. (Wz)

~ JUST WONDERING.. “Think the Ottawa Sun is worried about being called ‘racist’ for fingering some extremist minority group that poses a security threat?” …. (sda)

~ RANDOM HOUSE accused of censorship; Serbia: Islamic community says withdrawal of novel about Muhammad and Aisha not enough.. Muslims Offended Again. Publisher Takes “Firm Stand”; leader compares book to Muhammad cartoons, demands publisher “repent”. In unrelated news, “Malaysia bans two books on Islam” …. (Various)

~ HAMAS PM: Jerusalem can Only be “Liberated” Through Jihad, not Talks …. (Wz)

~ RELIGION OF DESPAIR: This moment of perversity is brought to you by Muhammad’s religion …. (soberingthoughts.blog)

~ BRAVE MEDIA NETWORKS Ignore Story of Publisher Caving to Fear of Radical Islamist Violence …. (newsbusters.org)

~ THOSE DANGED JEWS!! “Islamists kill more people in one year than in all 356 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ POTS, KETTLES: Scott Gilbreath directs our attention to this …. (edwardmichaelgeorge.blog)

~ IT ALL MAKES SENSE™ ..Wahhabi Kingdom: Jooos Sending us Cancer …. (Wz)

~ UK EXPLORES “sunnier side of Islam” in “Osama Loves…” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE SHARIA? Nigerian Man With 86 Wives Sentenced to Death by Sharia Court Unless he Drops 82 of Them in 3 Days …. (Wz)

~ TOLERANT Yemeni Clerics Issue Fatwa Banning US Exchange Students Program, “It’s a Plan to Make Youths Become Apostates of Islam” …. (Wz)

~ WHAT REALLY Motivates Islamic Religious Radicals? Hint: Not Religion …. (neatorama)

~ CREEPING SHARIA in Halifax, Nova Scotia? …. (freedominion.com)

~ FATHER WAS SWAPPING HER FOR 13 YEAR OLD BRIDE: “Saudi girl drinks bleach to escape marriage” …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ FATAH’S BLINKERS: Tarek Fatah is undoubtedly a brave man, a Muslim who speaks out against the imposition of sharia, and who has been denounced and threatened with death on numerous occasions because of it. And yet, despite his bravery, this most moderate of Muslims has several blind spots, as David Solway points out in his review of Fatah’s book for FrontPage …. (scaramouche)

~ A FISHY FINDING, says Scaramouche: “I’m not sure how much cyanide it takes to kill oneself; certainly, far less than the one quart bottle of the stuff found in the Denver hotel room of a late gentleman from Ottawa. And I’m not sure why a Somali Canadian would travel all the way to Denver, of all places, for the express purpose of offing himself; surely it’s easier for all concerned to kill yourself at home” …. (scaramouche)

~ EN FRANCAIS— Commentaire: À Londres, une conférence sur le Califat attire 2500 adeptes. Un compte rendu. “Le Hizb ut Tahrir (Parti de la libération islamique) se décrit comme un parti politique islamique mondial. Il aurait des millions d’adeptes dans le monde qui militent activement pour le retour à l’ère glorieuse de l’Empire ottoman, l’abolition des frontières nationales et l’instauration d’un Califat. Pour ce groupe, les musulmans ne doivent pas s’identifier à une nationalité, mais s’unir seulement en tant que musulmans, dans le cadre de la Oumma, les sentiments nationaux ou patriotiques étant non islamiques.” 20 août, par Annie Lessard, Marc Lebuis …. (pointdebasculecanada)

~ SELECTIVE VISION: An editorial in the Toronto Star castigates the Taliban for promulgating “The Big Lie” …. (scaramouche)

~ CELESTIAL JUNK— “Today Victor Davis Hanson envisions a world where the United States no longer plays the part of the “world’s policeman”. For all of the scorn and ridicule directed at the USA, is the rest of planet ready for a “Brave Old World”?” …. (cjunk.blog)

~ WHY ISRAEL IS DOOMED: “There’s no way you can survive when you reject your own narrative (and the truth) and embrace the narrative (and lies) of your enemy” …. (scaramouche)

~ RELIGION OF… Egypt proposes to make it illegal for Christian patients to receive organs from Muslim donors …. (timeimmortal)

~ EN FRANCAIS 2— Liberté d’expression: Un journaliste bangladeshi accusé de “crime contre l’humanité” pour dénoncer le suprématisme musulman. “Un journaliste bangladeshi accusé de “crime contre l’humanité” pour dénoncer le suprématisme musulman. Son pays veut le pendre, ce qui pourrait se produire d’ici quelques mois. Sallah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury est un journaliste, un éditeur et un activiste pour la paix qui a renoncé à la haine des Juifs et au suprématisme musulman qui infecte son pays depuis ces dernières années. Cela lui vaut d’être accusé de « crimes contre l’humanité » et de « ternir l’image de l’islam.” 19 août, par Annie Lessard, Marc Lebuis …. (pointdebasculecanada)

~ ADVENTURES In Multiculturalism …. (dustmybroom)

~ JUST LIKE THE ANGLICANS! Torture chamber found in mosque …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ THE DAWA’S THE THING: “An Islam Online reader seeking guidance asks whether it’s okay for her daughter to take part in a school play. The reply: By all means let her participate, as long as she realizes she’s not just play-acting, she’s a girl with a mission” …. (scaramouche)

~ TERRORISM’S New Structure – WSJ.com …. (creepingsharia)

~ REWIND, REPEAT.. Rushdie’s Deja Vu …. (am770chqr)

~ ANOTHER CASE of “uncovered meat”, perhaps? …. (timeimmortal)

~ MALAYSIA COURT: Muslim convert’s past identity “ceased to exist” upon conversion. Pakistan: kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam Christian girls still unable to go home …. (JiWa)

~ “HEALER” ON HOLD: Has-been crooner Chris de Burgh, who claims to be able to heal the afflicted with a mere touch of his hands, has been trying to bring his healing powers to one mighty afflicted area, the Middle East. Too bad for him he’s been rebuffed by the mullahs, who have some very different ideas about how to “heal” the region (i.e. by excising the “cancer” of Israel) …. (scaramouche)

~ SHAKEDOWN ARTISTES— “CAIR Minn shakes down another U.S. corporation – Old Country Buffet”…. (creepingsharia)

~ LEFTY ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS: Gwynne Dyer vs Gwynne Dyer …. (rjjago)

~ JOHANN HARI – Islam & The Athiests’ Double Standard …. (am770chqr)

~ CAN I WORK AS a Police Officer and still abide by Sharia law? We’s say no, since one claims ultimate divine sanction, the other provisional kuffar infidel rules …. (dustmybroom)

~ KINDLY BBC charity funded jihadists …. (JiWa, Malkin)

~ A CRESCENT POINTING TO MECCA? Stop the Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst: DC Fundraiser CANCELLED …. (stoptheaclu)

~ TERRORIST defence: I wasn’t targeting civilians, just Canadian soldiers …. (dustmybroom)

~ CANADIAN FIRM hit by Algerian terrorists …. (nationalpost.com)

~ BRITAIN: pharmacies to offer “free medicine checks during the holy month of Islam to make sure Muslim customers’ health is not affected if they stop eating between sunrise and sunset” …. (jihadwatch.org)

~ SAUDI GRAND MUFTI declares celebrating birthdays an infidel practice …. (jihadwatch.org)

~ THAT EVER- HELFPUL UN Bans Criticism of Islam …. (freedominion.com)

~ RELIGION OF… Indonesia: Muslim mob storms Sunday service and hangs banners declaring ban on churches, while police make no effort to intervene; Yemen detains 9 people for converting from Islam to Christianity …. (JiWa)

~ CHILDREN forced to whip themselves. It’s a religion, dontcha know …. (dustmybroom)

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3 thoughts on “Steynian 228

  1. Hi Binks:

    Re the ID business…

    Naturalism generally assumes that everything comes about either by chance or necessity. Of course, there are observables (like chaos) that result by some combination of chance and necessity.

    The general assumption by most modern day “scientists” is that science is based on naturalism: all phenomena appear as a result of natural mechanistic rules. That science is the pursuit of knowledge and truth is all but lost.

    It so happens that chance and necessity cannot account for what is observed in cellular structure. The complexity far exceeds what is permitted by presently known natural laws.

    When something like an intricate mechanism is observed, we tend to assume it was designed by some human agency. For example, finding an iPhone carefully packaged on a remote mountain top does not lead us to think it is a natural item formed by chance or by the laws of physics.

    So to invoke an additional agency to explain irreducible complexity is to abide by sensible, scientific rules of inquiry. Something is not explained by the information at hand, so it is named, and investigated further.

    “Intelligent design” is not an unreasonable name because it is consistent with everyday experience of attaching what is known to what is seen. There is no necessity to specify who or what the “designer” might be. Just because such a designer could be thought of as the Creator by believers is no reason to deny an additional agency beyond chance and necessity.

    My opinion is that in the present “debate” typical “fascience” is forcing a new definition of science; instead of the inquiry into knowledge and truth, science is based only on naturalistic laws. Because the designation, Intelligent Design, is so easily interpreted to be the result of the believer’s God as agent, the ID supporters are scorned as nothing but religious activists or bigots.

    Fascience is but a segment of the pandemic defiance against deterrents of unfettered, individual freedom. Such defiance, recently rampant, leads to fascism in every sphere of life and living.

    And the horrible irony is that fascism crushes the individual with the weight of the state.

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