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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Friday on my Mind

one more reason to be skeptical of skeptics

On his anti-Christian hate website The Annapolis Valley Skeptic, the self-proclaimed (aren't they always?!) "Voice of Reason and Ridicule" has a link to a series of articles entitled Legends, Lies and Myths that refuse to go away. Nothing wrong with exposing lies and recognising myths and legends for what they are, but the Voice of Reason and Ridicule should clean up his own backyard before he starts throwing mud.

I suggest even an atheist should consider the inherent wisdom of the words of The-One-Whose-Name-Shall-Not-Be-Mentioned-Except-As-A-Curse-Word-Or-As-A-Subject-of-Ridicule when he said Let him who is without sin cast the first stone and If you wish to remove the splinter form your brother's eye, first take the plank out of your own.

It comes as no surprise to find that the Valley Skeptic site contains the usual quota of skeptical/atheist/humanist legends, lies and myths.

One of the articles in Lies and Myths that refuse to go away is A Brief History of Friday the 13th by professional skeptics Joe Nickell and Matt Nisbet. One can appreciate their rebuttal of the popular notion of Black Friday, but it really is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black that these supposedly rational, scientific, reasonable skeptics then spin their own ridiculous lies, myths and legends about Friday and the Bible:
According to the Bible, Eve gave the apple to Adam on Friday, the great flood began on a Friday, the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday, execution day was Friday in Rome, and Good Friday exists because it is the reported day of Jesus' crucifixion.

According to what Bible, guys? Certainly not the Holy Bible!

We are informed that
Dr. Joe Nickell is a researcher, investigator and columnist for SKEPTICAL INQUIRER, THE MAGAZINE FOR SCIENCE AND REASON... [and] is the author or editor of over fifteen books on the occult and paranormal. Matt Nisbet is Public Relations Director for the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP.)

Nickell and Nisbet should be a little bit more skeptical of their own "skepticism" and check out their own acceptance of, and dissemination of, prejudicial nonsense.

The simple fact is: the Bible makes NONE of these supposed claims, not one. Not about Fridays, not about the Romans, not about an "apple", not even about "Good Friday".

So here we have two dedicated skeptics and debunkers spreading whoppers, not just at the Valley Skeptic site but at a number of other atheist websites.

Chapters and verses, please... or clean up your act.

11:57:00 pm