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Re: [atheists-55] Re: Darwin is a fairy-tale

From: Zachary B.
Sent on: Friday, February 13, 2009 11:08 AM
<<He might be British, that would kinda be a bummer though as it would ruin my otherwise witty insult.>>
Opinions 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.>>
Luckily, 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 invitation.
<<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.>>
I 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.

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