Alive and Well at the End of World! (Turn left at the end of your tether…)

I finally made it to Ottawa and Eschaton 2012! HORRAY!

 

NOV. 30-DEC 2

My paper:

Reclaiming the Fairy Tales of Bronze-Age Goat-Herders:
On the Virtues of Giving the Devil His Due.

It was a frustrating trip. Had to leave (many things undone) and get to the airport after my last Thursday class, not time to go home and say goodbye to my lovely Mary. Air Canada decided that my little bag had to be checked which was a bummer.

The flight to Calgary was fine, but when I got there my Ottawa flight, which was supposed to leave only about 50 minutes later, was already  marked as being 40 minutes late, so I sat. And sat, An hour after the scheduled time we boarded, and sat there for 30-40 minutes while they fussed with an electrical problem. They then declared that the thing was broken.

So I suddenly remembered I have to phone the number Evan Frank in Ottawa gave me, since there was supposed to be someone to pick me up at the airport (my plane was supposed to get in just before midnight anyway). After a bit of a muddle with poor Seanna Watson whose number it actually was, and then playing phone tag with Evan (who is a travel agent) I found out that Air Canada was bringing in a new plane and that it would leave at 9:50. I found that out from a guy in Ottawa before Air Canada told us anything! Evan also contacted the hotel and I just got in the door and the desk clerk said “Ah, you must be Mr Linville. You finally made it.”

So at around 11:30 we started boarding the damn thing but then had to wait ages for it to be de-iced. The first 30-40 minutes of the ride was pretty bumpy.

After that all went smoothly. Got to Ottawa alive and healthy but very tired, and made it to the hotel about 5:30 (3:30 Lethbridge time). The Hotel is right close buy the Rideau Canal and is a wonderfully clean place so now I’m all cheery!

 So a GREAT thanks for Evan and Seann, for being such great hosts and remaining cheery though out my troubles (haven’t actually met them yet)  I’m really looking forward to this!

 

Here is a preview of my presentation which will deal a little with some ancient scribes:

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SBL Aftermath

Well, I lived and made it home safe and sound.

My two papers went well, even though I left home with them both being about 40% too long. Here is a tip:

NEVER DO MORE THAN ONE PAPER PER CONFERENCE

Both papers were for the new “Metacriticizing Biblical Scholarship” section, which I now find myself to be co-chair (with Rebecca Raphael). Rebecca presided over our first session in Chicago, after Stephanie Louise Fisher had to cancel (oh glum…). The first paper was “The Royal Scam: Josiah, Joseph Smith and Believing One’s Own Pious Fraud.”  Diana Edelman was a kind and merciful respondent. It ended up being about Josiah, the law book that was completely by accident found in his temple, and Joseph Smith and his forgery, the totally legitimate Book of Mormon. There was also a bit about “Fakelore” (i.e., invented heritage of “ancient” tradition and another bit about fraud being the modus 0perandi of religion, which I kind of qualified a little.

I might try to get the paper published (after some needed revision and expansion), so I won’t post it here, but here is the opening epigram and a couple of excerpts:

“Oh look, I found a book telling me not to bear false witness”  (2 Kgs 22:8 Revised Wiseguy Version)

Although it is employed in many apparently secular classrooms, Barry Bandstra’s Reading the Old Testament is not shy of analyzing the biblical material from expressly religious categories. Bandstra writes:

The critical issues of precisely when and where the book was written should not overshadow the overall impression that the book embodies a genuine testimony of Mosaic faith. Admittedly, the seventh-century BCE writer shaped that testimony, being sensitive to the issues of faith and life in the Judah of his time. Nonetheless, he felt he was presenting the essential thrust of Moses’ message. While shaping the words he put in Moses’ mouth, he certainly felt he was representing the Mosaic tradition faithfully. (4th edn. p. 183).

This is astounding. What is a “genuine testimony” as opposed to a false one? Can we tell the difference? Even if we agree that the story’s author genuinely thought he was representing the authentic mosaic tradition, it is a different thing entirely to say that the book achieves this goal without supposing we can sit in judgment on the authenticity of that! There is a tendency for biblical scholars to actually like the Bible for a variety of reasons—usually religious ones—and so the expression “genuine testimony” carries its own legitimizing implications. As a thought experiment to dismantle that, let’s take the example of an obviously forged book I think we can all agree is despicable in its intent and horrific in its implications: the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Here the malicious forgery and plagiarism are obvious. Yet, were Sergei Nilus and the others involved in its production and expansion into countless versions not “true believers” in the wickedness and machinations of Jews? Does their “genuine faith” in the myth of a Jewish conspiracy legitimize or excuse their actions, or make the accusation of forgery and deceit irrelevant?   Certainly not.

 …

 Richard Bushman comments that newer historians of LDS history survey Smith’s miracle reports but tend not to not pass judgment. Bushman says that he was unwilling to follow the path of the “skeptical historian [who] has to make up a story with no factual support” in producing his own biography of Smith. He avoids the problem of the miracles by writing from the point of view of the participants and their experiences: which seem to me to be merely retelling a story with no factual support. Bushman writes, “If Smith was a charlatan, everyone who followed him was deluded—including myself and my Mormon friends.” Philip Barlow maintains that Smith’s writings reveal him to be “a man of genuine religious convictions.”  Well, so be it. 100,000 Elvis fans can be wrong, as can 12 million Mormons, one billion Muslims, two billion Christians and seven billion humans of all sorts of different persuasions. Belief is not evidence and neither is belief in other people’s belief. It is properly the subject, and not the premise, of critical scholarship of religion.

 My other paper, “On the Fairytales of Bronze Age Goat Herders: Ancient Israel as the New Atheists’ Foil” was lots of fun, and Mark S. Smith, the respondent, thought so too. Again, some tweaking here and there is needed. The paper simply asked what secular biblical critics should do about the New Atheists’ portrayal of ancient Israel and the origins of the Bible, which is, for the sake of the fight with religious conservatives, is quite inaccurate. I complained about the “Bronze Age Goat Herders Syndrome” that really goes beyond casting the Bible’s creators as a kind of immoral unsophisticated straw men and polarizes humanity into the “religious” and “reasonable”.

On the other hand I argued that biblical scholars should speak out for accuracy but not to the point of turning away from the skeptical, secular activists as they are actually getting an audience and challenging the privilege religion enjoys. I also argued that what is at stake is the further diminution of the humanities and social sciences as the New Atheist discourses tend to champion science over most other disciplines. That leaves so much of the human experience unexplained in any kind of real sense.  One snippet:

Of course, there is some overlap between the kind of secular world the New Atheists value and the intellectual space in which secular biblical criticism takes place. As is well known, Syro-Palestinian archaeologists and historians frequently bewail the sensationalism of media reports about new discoveries that cater to religious conservatives and those to whom we give the academically useful, if still poorly theorized, label, “religious nut-case”.

 Our discipline has pronounced political implication. The purely academic scholarly wrangling over how the Bible’s origins has been misappropriated into the intractable Israeli/Palestinian situation. As Davies and other so-called “minimalists” have found out, to attach the biblical mythology of Israel is to attract accusations of anti-Semitism while a number of Palestinian leaders say that “Historical Israel” never existed. Then there is the political wrangling over science and religion; evolution vs. creationists waging their own mythic battle with the demonic forces of a bibleless and godless society. Various moralists affirm the Bible as the one true basis for a just society. As many scholars have noted, when the press needs an expert opinion on the Bible or ancient Israel they often don’t recognize that there is a difference between the secular and the confessional biblical scholar, or that secular scholarship even exists.

NOV. 30-DEC 2

On Dec 1. I will be presenting that paper’s companion piece at Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa, “Reclaiming the Fairy Tales of Bronze Age Goat Herders: On the Virtues of the Giving the Devil His Dues” arguing that secularists should pay attention to more modern biblical scholarship and to pay a little more attention to the actual origins of the Bible. They will end up with a stronger case for secularism, and find that in some ways, the problems faced by the writers of the Bible in dealing with an often cruel, unfair world were not unlike our own. I hope I don’t get burned at the stake…

SBL UPDATE 2

I am very, very hungover.

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SBL UPDATE

I am very, very drunk..

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Well, I’m in Chicago and I did my first bit of official SBL business.

Yup, I got the tote-bag!

I arrived Thursday evening after a few small misadventures. First, I forgot to fill out the online travel registry with the US dept. of Homeland paranoia, so they didn’t have a record of where I was staying. Got through the security et. al.,  but the United Airline guy got stroppy and wanted to see my Green Card…

Anyway, that wasn’t much of a delay, and all my flights were on time, but the United flight to Chicago from Calgary had the cabin temperature up around 90F. Major headache developed.

I got to the hotel alright, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (by the convention center), but they said my reservation was for the OTHER Hyatt 3 miles away. It was not. I checked about 10 times when I made the reservation. Anyway, they changed it back so here I am.

Then this morning I had a weird dream that someone kept taking flash pictures which was very annoying. I woke up to find that the  fire alarm flashing light was going off (no audible alarm, though). One near epileptic fit later, I called the front desk who reassured my that all was well.

So, I started working on my two papers, actually both needed to be shorted drastically. I also translated them into something approaching English (broadly conceived). Went for a little walk around, got the tote-bag, and then had a good “Metacriticizing Biblical Scholarship Progam Unit Steering Committee” meeting with Hector Avalos, Rebecca Raphael and John Kutzko (Executive Director of SBL). It was quite productive. John told us about some of the things that go into organizing an event as big as SBL and all the different sorts of people he has to meet with, from event organizers of all sorts to representatives from the host city, hotels, buses, etc. etc. etc.. I can honestly say that I do NOT want his job! Somehow he seemed rather cheery. Suspicious… Anyway, he wins a lolcat for general heroics.

 

 

I win the Internet AGAIN!

Yippee!

Another of my captioned critters has hit the front page of the I Can Has Cheezeburger site! Here it is:

http://cheezburger.com/6628192256

So, time for some MUSIC!

Oh what the heck, here is my NEW Kitty! Go and vote for her!

Vote for me! I wanna be elected!
http://cheezburger.com/6708295680

I Don’t Always Comment On Romney & Ryan’s Missing Platform Full of Charitable Binder-Women

 But when I do, it looks a bit like this:

Vote for my monkeys at http://cheezburger.com/6683790592

 

http://cheezburger.com/6686751744

Jesus, Mo, and More, literally (figuratively speaking).

Freaking Hillarious!

http://www.jesusandmo.net

And while we are on the subject:

 

 

Research in Religious Studies Conference for Students 2013 Call for Papers!

The University of Lethbridge is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for

http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/religious-studies/research-religious-studies-conference-university-lethbridge

11th Annual

RESEARCH IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES CONFERENCE

May 4-5, 2013

University of Lethbridge 

The conference provides undergraduate and graduate level students with the opportunity to present papers on the history, belief, practices, cultural contexts, and artistic or literary expressions of any religious tradition.  Proposals for papers from any discipline within the academic fields of the humanities and social science are welcome.

The conference is open to students from any educational institute at any point in their educational career.  Although we encourage PhD students to attend, we are particularly seeking papers by undergraduate and masters level students.

Papers will be selected on basis of abstracts submitted.  We have a policy of accepting every good proposal so participation is not limited to a select few! If you have a good paper, we want it

We deleted our old conference blog and now all of our information is up on our department website, including the advice on submitting abstracts, the registration forms, etc.

I would encourage readers attached to Religious Studies or related university departments repost or advertise the conference, especially if they are located in or near the Pacific Northwest region of the AAR / SBL. We have had students come from much further, some intrepid souls even ventured form the Eastern most corners of Canada and up from Vanderbilt in Tennessee! It is a great experience for students to show off their work and to see what other excellent students are working on. Great practice for grad. school and especially for presenting at professional conferences!

For each of the past few years, we’ve had between 45 and 50 papers presented from students all over Western Canada and beyond, including Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, the Maritimes and even some folks from U.S. universities.

Here is a sample of the some the papers presented last year!

“’Authentically’ Christian: Missions, Conversion, and the Diversification of Evangelical Ethnicity in America,” Saliha Chattoo, Wilfrid Laurier University

“Virtuous Vampires: Religion and Agency in the Twilight Series,” Brooke Brassard, University of Victoria

“Sacred Space: There’s An App For That,” Alex Tkach, University of Regina

“’In Columbia we are free:’ The Hope and Failure of Religious Freedom for Mormons in Western Canada,” James Forbes, University of Lethbridge

“Minkisi: Stewards of the Kongo,” Jenny Davison, Mount Saint Vincent University

“‘I Want What She Has!': An Exploration of the Sororal Rivalry Between Rachel and Leah,” Fong H. Lopaschuk, University of Alberta

“Revelation, Classification, and Redescription: Tenable Futures for the Study of Religion,” Jesse Bailey, University of Regina

“The “Ninja” Women in the “Other’s” Side: Depictions of Muslim Women in North American Political Cartoons,” Erendira Cervantes-Altamirano, University of Alberta

“Transformative Sounds: A Comparison of Tibetan Buddhist Mantra & the Icaros of the Peruvian Mestizo Ayhuasceros,” Matthew Koczkur, University of Calgary

“Speak of the Devil and the Pharisees Appear: An Examination of “Satan” within the Gospel of Matthew,” Allan Wright, University of Regina

 

 

Know Yer Nuts #7: Unemployed Creationist to Speak in Alberta!

It’s been ages since I tore into Canadian Creationists in the Know Yer Nuts section of whatever this corner of the interweb is, so, here we are with installment 7!

http://www.rubescartoons.com

Our winners this time around is the Creation Science Association of Alberta which has a Creation Weekend planned for Oct. 26-27 in Edmonton. Horray! I would love to go but, alas, I will be travelling a lot in November and couldn’t afford the time.

The CSAA is the publisher of Dialogue Magazine, a journal of all sorts of usefully truthology. Unless you want to be a member or supporter of CSAA can subscribe for $8.00 per year, but it seems that earlier volumes get posted for free online on the CSAA homepage. Here’s part of the blurb (emphasis emphatically emphasized by yours truly).

Creation Science Dialogue is a quarterly publication of the Creation Science Association of Alberta (CSAA). It is distributed free of charge to schools and churches in western Canada, and to members and supporters…

Secular science does not provide satisfying or Scripturally-based answers in many areas of life. Indeed when we look at actual studies of nature, the creation-based interpretations fit best. We think this is important for everyone to know.

Students are sometimes overwhelmed by pro-evolution messages. Our association provides an independent Canadian voice for the creation model. We review good quality resources from a broad spectrum of publishers and we provide discussion on topics seldom covered in other publicaions. We have something for youngsters in every issue and something for adults too.

I suspect a fall edition will be posted soon or is at least available to subscribers (and schools…) , but the June 2012 edition has an article on soodpeckers’ wood pecker: could such a thing evolve all by its lonesome? I.e., would a wood pecker peck its own wood with its pecker? It seems that wood peckers, the peckers, have confounded evolutionists. Plays frikkin’ hell with the Bible too, but that’s another story:

 

Anyway, of the little buggers, Dialogue has this to say:

What made the first “woodpecker” (or would it be would be woodpecker) decide to peck wood? … Pecking wood would be useless until most of the complex system described above was perfected well enough to obtain food by this unusual means.

But its worse! Woodpeckers, the little peckers, can sing opera while practicing an honest trade too!

Granted, I don’t know much woodpeckers and have no experience of wood peckers, but would would-be woodpeckers really starve in the woods without their would-be peckers pecking wood? Maybe most of their diet consisted of other stuff that didn’t hide deep in wood.

Anyway, maybe they had help from  woodchucks! ANYONE EVER THINK OF THE WOODCHUCKS?

Go to http://www.annerobertson.com/woodchucks.html for a Christian defence of the Woodchuck!

So, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodpeckerless woodpecker could not peck wood?  Crap. Do I have to do ALL the science around here?

The whole Dialogue argument sounds suspicially like the more famous Creation pseudo-science “rebuttal” of evolution, to wit: What good is flagellating body parts to a bacterium if it doesn’t get the little bugger from point A to point B? Sounds all kind of kinky to me, but that’s nature for you.

http://twistedbacteria.blogspot.ca/2010/08/voyage-from-molecular-genetics-to.html

http://twistedbacteria.blogspot.ca/2010/08/voyage-from-molecular-genetics-to.html

The answer, of course , is that bacteria flagellated their flagellums (what is the plural of that, anyway?) for various purposes long before they used them for locomotive power. I mean, if you are living without sex you really don’t need to get around to pick up the sweeties/hunks, now, do you? Like woodpeckers, that left lots of time for the arts, too.

And this, I suppose leads to the possibility that  locomotive flagelluminiumses (?) evolved since bacteria really didn’t get much joy from flagellating themselves much anyway, they might as well use the little appendages for something useful…   Here is one paper on that.

Anyway, the June issue of Dialogue also has an article on bacteria, so you see I’m going somewhere with this myself. and so obviously evolution is disproved because, well, bacteria have firewalls. The article is “Natural Firewalls in Bacteria” by “Creation Botanist” and VP of CSAA, Margaret Helder. Her bio from Answers in Genesis:

Dr. Margaret Helder is a scientist, a writer, a mother of six, and Vice-President of the Creation Science Association of Alberta, Canada. She is also probably the most prominent woman in creation science.

Dr. Helder is also the author of three books and Associate Editor in charge of science and technology for Reformed Perspective, a magazine for Christian families. Her scientific achievements include describing and naming a species of aquatic fungus new to science,Chytridium deltanum Masters (Masters being her maiden name, and the name under which she published the description).

Helder is also author of the indispensable (in that if you throw it away, you’ll only run across another one somewhere… the stupidity won’t go away!) Royal Tyrrell Museum Tour Guide

 

For those interested, my post on my trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum near Drumheller Alberta is here.  RTM is a world class museum of dinosaurs and evolution of all sorts. It is a GREAT place!

Where was I? Oh yeah,  in the course of (perhaps perfectly accurately) describing how the DNA, sciency stuff in bacteria protect their flagellating little selves from evils of foreign DNA through system called “CRISPR,” she makes a most astounding  analogy (my emphasis added)

Each unique spacer is an exact code replica of a part of some foreign DNA that invaded the cell in the past. The spacers remind me of children’s adventure stories where a pagan has a string of scalps along his belt to remind him of past foreigners vanquished. The cell next compares each unique spacer with the order of code in an invading plasmid or phage DNA. If there is a match, the associated proteins then chop up the invading DNA. And behold, the invading information has been quickly destroyed!

Pagans with scalps, eh? Three cheers for Christian cultural sensitivity!

 

http://www.bluecorncomics.com/sthist.htm

Of course, the minds and memories of the people of the Americas’ First Nations and non-Christian around the world offer no other analogy for how this CRISPR thing works that our murderous tendencies… Yeah, why to teach children, Margaret, you moron. Free to schools, hey? Yeah right…

http://www.bluecorncomics.com/stharm.htm

I wonder if she would have used such an analogy if she were talking about the DNA of fluffy mammals, like woodchucks, or Christian kids! We must all join the People for the Ethical Treatment of Bacteria! And woodchucks!

Anyway, if bacteria have firewalls, they should have engines. God in his infinite smartosity would not have designed a bacterial firewall without an engine to mount on it at the same time (to do otherwise would be too darn evolutionary), and so the little buggers can cruise up and down mainstreet Mudpuddle all freaking day until they just flagellate themselves into a frenzy over never having sex and then getting all frustrated with that scene ’cause it’s just looserville, and just…. well….splitting. *cue Fast Car by Tracy Chapman*

This structure did NOT evolve.

Well, why not…

 

Take it as a metaphor about how a loser can hold back progress by espousing the dead-end of Creationist “science”.

But ultimately, the reader of the Firewall article never finds out just how God got so damn much flagellating power under the bacteriological hood (bonnet, to the British readers) or even a demonstration that, contra the evolutionists, that God was the Hot Rood Mechanic behind it all in the first place. Just this:

What an elegant system! It appears so minimalist and simple, yet it manages to carry out such sophisticated and highly precise technical tasks. We see information capture, memory storage, memory retrieval and information matching, with the end result of destruction of unwanted damaging information. Who designed this system? Who designed the many similar systems in bacteria to produce the memory, hardware and operating systems which constitute a fi rewall against hostile invasions of information code? All praise to the Creator of all things great and small!

Yup, just “God digit and isn’t he great”. “Simply” Irreducibly Complex.

Anyway, headlining the Creation on Oct. 26-27 event will be David Coppedge, a former system administrator for the NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory‘s Cassini spacecraft mission who was fired after some sort of dust-up over his young earth creationist views being espoused at the work place.

David Coppedge, Fox News photo.

Coppedge’s website, is here Creation Evolution Headlines. Besides going after the Theory of Evolution, Coppedge has a few choice words about Bill Nye and Global Warming. Yes, it’s an all in one refutation of of the scientifically demonstrable with a good bit of Christian persecution complex thrown in!  And lets not forget that Coppedges seems to be the prodigy of the illustrious intellectual, Jack Chick!

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1075/1075_01.asp

And here’s Cassini:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X0cCnOZej8]

Time Online’s article about the Coppedge to-do reads:

Coppedge both runs a “creative-evolution” website and serves on the board of a company that produces intelligent design videos. Every bit of this is Constitutionally protected and none of it need have interfered with his work on the Cassini project — even if his beliefs do make something of an awkward fit with a mission that is intended, in part, to look for the chemical and evolutionary origins of life, with no role for anything other than the strictly empirical. Still, in 2009 Coppedge was demoted and in 2011 he was fired; both moves, he claims, were a result of religious discrimination.

Not so, says JPL. Coppedge, they argue, was harassing his co-workers by pushing his intelligent design video on them and engaging in unwelcome arguments about the origins of life. He is also alleged to have made coworkers uncomfortable with his overbearing conversations about his support for Proposition 8 — California’s anti-same sex marriage amendment — and his belief that the JPL holiday party ought to be renamed a Christmas party. He was, according to his former superiors, reprimanded and told to confine such discussions to the lunch hour or other free time. Coppedge, according to those same superiors, responded by alleging a “hostile work environment.”

  Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2109205,00.html#ixzz1y4fKk6lY

Well, crumb, how about Coppedge creating an annoying work environment casting doubt on the very science his employers and fellow workers see as the foundation of their work, not to mention bringing up controversial social issues.

Here is how CSAA describes the events (emphasis original):

David Coppedge is one man standing up against NASA, the American governments’ space exploration agency. Now that takes courage! Why would anyone undertake such a difficult task? Basically it is a fight for freedom of religion and for freedom to discuss intelligent design during social settings in the workplace.

He is a member of the board of Illustra Media, which has produced excellent videos such as Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Privileged Planed, Darwin’s Dilemma and Metamorphosis

During his career at JPL, Mr. Coppedge occasionally shared copies of Illustra Media videos with colleagues. Having complained that he was “pushing religion”, JPL fired David Coppedge in January 2011. He brought suit against JPL (funded by American taxpayers) and the institution’s private administrator California Institute of Technology. His suit claims protection against religious discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. … The trial began on March 7, 2012.

The court case has generated international media attention. A Yahoo News item (March 12/12) was entitled “Suit: NASA Specialist Axed over Intelligent Design.” Another item, posted online by TIME Magazine on March 19 was entitled “Legal Smackdown: NASA, Religion and Intelligent Design.” TIME’s piece suggested that Mr. Coppedge’s views “make something of an awkward fit with a mission that is intended, in part, to look for the chemical and evolutionary origins of life, with no role for anything other than the strictly empirical.” The article suggested that NASA was entirely justified to object to someone who was a “provocateur” and “ a pain”, promoting an unpopular view. But it was not the views, but the actions that JPL objected to, said TIME, and besides all NASA did was to “downsize” Mr. Coppedge as a result of a reduced role for Cassini.

On the other hand David Coppedge contends that he was a senior employee in good standing until a supervisor objected to his lending the DVDs Unlocking the Mystery of Life and Privileged Planet to willing colleagues.

The resulting court case therefore is supposed to resolve to what extent an employee really enjoys freedom of religion and free speech in the workplace. Legislation clearly protects this right, but does the law really protect anyone? This California case obviously is an important one. It is expected to run 3 or 4 (possibly even 5) weeks. The judge has viewed the two DVDs and multiple copies have been distributed to the media.

Anyway, the trial apparently ended on April 16, but the verdict is still pending. The latest updates on the trial’s status are these (as of Oct. 17, 2012):

08/23/2012 Order (INTERIM ORDER ON SUBMITTED MATTER )

Filed by Court08/28/2012 Miscellaneous-Other (plaintiff’s supplemental brief )
Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff/Petitioner

Info from the LA superior court: http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/civilCaseSummary/index.asp?CaseType=Civil case BC435600 DAVID COPPEDGE VS JET PROPULSION LABORATORY ET AL

Well, as I said, I’m not sure about woodpeckers, but there might be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover Disaster for I.D…’

P.S., the airplanes are Supermarine Spitfires, which, like bacteria (see above) and Chevy Novas (see above), have firewalls, only the Spitfires have Rolls Royce engines of about 1650 cu. in (27 litre) for the early models and 2240 Cu. in. (37 litre), in the later versions (with the bulging cylinder banks that look so cool) so take that, Chevy Nova hot rod fans (see above)! The Spitfire did not feature Jet Propulsion, since that idea was still in the Laboratory when the Spitfire was intelligently designed, so Coppedge must know what he is talking about since he was there.  But I suppose jets do spit fire, especially with the afterburner going full blast, but I don’t know if they have firewalls. Perhaps they just have those funky little folding room dividers.

Now, of course, the Bible has Dragons, which also spit fire, and since it is obvious that airplanes, jet or piston powered, have designers (who are part of the weird sub-category of intelligent apes called “People with Practical Jobs”), so too must the biblical dragons, hence Creationism. See, wasn’t that easy?

http://www.thinkin-lincoln.com

 

So, if anyone goes to the Creation weekend, send me some note, pictures, etc! Here is the rest of the schedule:

Mill Woods Assembly  23 Ave. & 66 Str. – Edmonton  Free Admission!

Friday October 26

8:00 p.m. Cassini Discovers Saturn

Saturday October 27 (all day)

10:00 a.m. Complimentary Continental Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Evidences for Youth in the Solar System

1:30 p.m. The Art and Science of Baloney Detecting!

8:00 p.m. Why the Church must emphasize Creation