May 28, 2007

Phony as a $1,000,000 bill

A smiling woman approached the eight year old and me earlier this evening in Old Town Alexandria, and offered us a preview of the new million dollar bill. It looks quite genuine -- for some reason, they chose Grover Cleveland to grace it (I would have picked James Garfield) -- and the eight year old was happy to have it. I think like all boys he has a penchant for collecting useless bits of junk, and investing them with his own meanings which, in this case, represent a definite improvement.

The million dollar bill asks the million dollar question, whether one will get into heaven, and then sets certain benchmarks for exclusion. It warns that Jesus said, "Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart," suggesting that, let's say a junior high school boy (though not a girl) checking out his female classmates at a school dance is a thought crime sufficiently heinous to deny him life everlasting.

The bill directs recipients to visit Way of the Master Radio, which sells fine instructional products that suggest one can win any debate with an atheist. "You do NOT need to know every apologetic argument. You do NOT need to know everything about evolution. You do NOT need to know everything about religious history." Well, of course.

Some things are beyond debate, belief in unprovable assertions among them. But selling ignorance as a debating strategy is a sin far worse than having the hots for some junior high school cutey. I should add that the small minority of us who are passionately interested in religious history, evolution and apologetics (that may well be just me) will not be saved by such bullshit.

Posted by Ideofact at May 28, 2007 11:29 PM