<<He might be British, that would kinda be a
bummer though as it would ruin my otherwise witty insult.>>
vary regarding your wit, but I am not, in any case, English.
<<I think this situation with this individual
is somewhat unique. It's a group of atheists who are coming together
specifically because they are atheist.>>
No, we come together for many
different reasons. You might say that our common lack of belief in supernatural
deities is a "point of departure."
<<That Darwin is who he is and that there are
Christians who do honestly believe that "darwinists" and "evolutionists" are
some kind of science worshiping cult. Basically I just would hate to have it
come up in debate with a christian that groups of atheists ran around
celebrating darwins birthday as common practice, it would just be far to
annoying to have to explain.>>
Annoying? I actually don't mind when
someone I'm arguing with has to resort to fatuos ad hominem arguments. If all
they can muster is a sneer at the theme for our occasional parties, then perhaps
their intellectual criticism isn't something we need worry about.
<<I wouldn't be for having any sort of
darwin/origin of species specific celebrations or holidays.>>
it wasn't put to a vote, then. In any case, I hope you wouldn't begrudge those
who do use such pretexts to have a killer party, and who extend you an
<<Also I just have a deep personal aversion
to idolizing people in general. It tends to be problematic as all people are
flawed it's better to hold up ideas and principles than people.>>
agree entirely. Which makes me realize that where we disagree is only in our
interpretation of the Darwin Day party. Since the party was of my initiative and
execution, and since you have no information about my motives and beliefs other
than what you presume and project, perhaps this is a case where my word should
be counted as heavier evidence against yours. In other words, no matter how many
times you insist that my drinking a beer last night was a form of congregational
worship, I shall be unconvinved that it was. Since, you know, I was there
On a related note; should we not celebrate your
birthday, lest we be called idol-worshippers?
PS to Vinnie: I supposed the 'minds behind' thought
that the alliteration of "Darwin Day" make that name more marketable. I know I'm
not too attached to that branding.