In case anyone is wondering why I didn’t make any posts yesterday, here’s the reason: I was on the road for fourteen hours. That’s right, I drove nonstop from Montana to Vancouver, BC. It’s a beautiful ride, with majestic mountains, fertile forests, and whimsical wildlife in view all the way. But for one blemish, it would have been perfect. Unfortunately, that one blemish was enough nearly to spoil the whole package.
Here’s the offender:
Right in my native Montana, too. I knew that Ken Ham, from atop his dark tower, had sent his minions of filth and ignorance far abroad, but I never imagined that they had penetrated the fair and fertile lands of the West. The war on science has reached our borders.
(I didn’t have a camera; the image comes from this blog.)
I wish I could afford to buy my own billboard:
On a serious note, it’s obvious what the real billboard above is trying to invoke: Atheists have no morals, because morality comes from God. This is transparently ridiculous to anyone who a) is an atheist, or b) knows an atheist. We all have a moral sense, believers and nonbelievers alike, and this sense of what kinds of actions are permissible and what kinds are not appears to be inborn, even if there is a good deal of cultural variation in which specific actions are considered moral. Further, if our morals came from God, those Christians and Jews among us would still be stoning children for talking back, and forcing rape victims to marry their attackers. It’s pretty clear that wherever our morals may come from, it’s not our respective religions.
The person responsible for the billboard should have known better. That makes him/her a liar. Ken Ham must have endorsed it, so he’s a liar too. “Thou shalt not bear false witness” my ass.