Sunday, July 20, 2008

This week at The Church of the Forced Antithesis

Every week when Liam and I drive to church we pass by what has come to be known by us as The Church of the Forced Antithesis. This refers to their reader board which displays a message which (one can only assume) is designed to lure people into the church. The choices are (to us, in any event) rather bizarre, tending to the fire and brimstone, wrathful God, genre. (Why would that attract people????)

In the past, I have been tempted to list these gems on the blog, but have resisted. But this week I can no longer keep silent; the message reads:

"If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms"

Where do I start? Perhaps from the denial of evolution as an accepted theory by all reasonable, educated, people?

Or the grave misunderstanding of the nature of evolution? Species do not wish to evolve in a certain way...

Or perhaps from the complete misunderstanding of what a scientific theory is, to begin with??

Or from the semiotic: what is meant by "true", anyway???

Good Grief. This is why Fresno is a byword for the unthinking conservative.

4 comments:

FranIAm said...

Sweet Lord Jesus on a clamshell. Where does it end?

As someone who wants to be inclusive, I must admit to having issues with being inclusive to those who are inclined otherwise.

Must God be made so small as to fit in a most confining and unimaginative box?

Padre Mickey said...

Well, they've convinced me! How could I have been so wrong for so long? Three arms!

Aghaveagh said...

Of course, by the same logic, all men would now have six Gentleman Thomases.

Diane said...

As for the fire and brimstone, I suspect that the idea is to scare us into heaven. or, scare the hell out of us, so to speak.

I have never found it effective, personally.

argh.