Friday, March 14, 2008

Kirk Cameron Goes Bananas

This is sad. I don't mean the whole bananas-as-proof-of-God's-existence part, which is embarrassing enough and no doubt gives the unbelievers much cause to blaspheme, but the level to which Kirk Cameron has been reduced. I used to watch Growing Pains religiously; it really pains me to see Kirk Cameron on the credits for Left Behind or in this Ray Comfort video, though it's not as painful as watching what's happened to Mr. T, who pities da fool who don't love Jesus.

But what's really sad about the above banana video is that Kirk Cameron doesn't explode with objections to Ray Comfort's characterization of the banana as the "atheist's nightmare." Comfort is apparently unaware that the banana he is holding is the product of generations of artificial selection. I'd like to see him wrestle with a wild banana and claim that's a proof of intelligent design. He might as well argue that cows are proof of intelligent design because they're reasonably docile and produce lots of milk, but our modern cows are descended from the wild aurochs, a fearsome creature no drunken teenager would dare try to tip. Or how about maize, a gross parody of grain created by selectively cultivating teosinte?

Besides that, Comfort claims the banana has a "tab" on the top for easy opening, but if that's the case, why is it that chimpanzees, also God's creations, always open bananas from the other end? In this, the chimp appears smarter than the human, for opening the banana from the other end gets rid of that little inedible stem thingy that's always such a nuisance at the bottom of the banana. And while I'm at it, pointing out that the banana peel is biodegradable is just ridiculous.

And for another thing, he might as well argue that bananas are a sign that God has a vicious sense of humor: not only are bananas easy to open and very tasty, but according to Mr. Wizard, they also make us more susceptible to mosquitoes.

Besides all this, anyone watching this video will immediately start thinking of all those fruits and other edibles that aren't so user-friendly. Is the coconut a sign of intelligent design? The pineapple? The chestnut? One thing is certain: someone wasn't very intelligent when he planted a chestnut tree outside the middle school I attended, because we kids liked to throw them at each other.

Some of the concepts behind this "Intelligent Design" thing have been part of serious philosophical discussion. My biggest problem with the Intelligent Design movement is not that it's a philosophical position masquerading as a scientific theory, which is bad enough, but that it so dumbs down the issues that it makes the whole idea of an intelligent creator harder to take seriously. Comfort and Cameron, thanks for nothing.

(This blog has gone bananas once before. Click here to see it.)

Hat tip to Crummy Church Signs

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