A friend of WOTM Watchdog has written an open letter to Indiana Wesleyan University to oppose their decision to bestow an honor on Kirk Cameron that he isn't worthy of. You can sign the online petition to object to this poor decision.
Here is the open letter:
Dear Dr. Smith and Board of Directors:
Admittedly, I am not a spokesperson for Indiana Wesleyan University. In adulthood, I have found myself drifting further and further away from the ideals that IWU considers to be essential, and beg of you to consider my remarks with the requisite grain of salt.
The university's recent decision to include a personality such as Kirk Cameron in their niche hall of fame is both egregious and embarrassing. It is not embarrassing only to me, a graduate, but should be to those in leadership allowing for such an unmerited and cognitively untested conferring upon Cameron.
This picture is funny...
His latest video entices Dawkins to a debate for $20,000. The debate is suggested after showing a strawman that Comfort created with the help of footage featuring Ben Stein from Expelled. While Ray makes the claim that it's atheists who made him famous, I noticed he's still paying us for the attention. Did you know he paid RRS an appearance fee for the Nightline debate? He's willing to pay Dawkins $20,000? Will it still be atheists that made him famous... or donations from Christians that end up in Richard Dawkins hands? What about the purchases and donations that led to the money that RRS was given for destroying Ray and Kirk on Nightline? It would seem that if his logic was correct, than we must also assume it was Christians who supported the actions of the Rational Response Squad; if Dawkins accepts the donation/challenge (which he shouldn't), it'll be Christians financially supporting his activities for some time.
We were alerted to this issues after reading the following blog from R. Cameron:
Did you expect honesty from Ray Comfort? Shame on you! His introduction was full of shit and had no bearing in scientific fact so it only makes sense that he'd steal a bunch of material in order to fill up his introduction.
Ray Comfort stole portions of work from Dr. Stan Guffey and his "A Brief History of Charles Darwin."
"In November 2009 Kirk Cameron will be distributing altered copies of Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species" with his own preface that tries to make Darwin look like an evil crazy old man who helped the nazis take over Poland, and loved monkeys in a strange, special way. Okay, we actually don't know what is in his preface, but either way, we thought we would help Kirk Cameron and his very timely, important quest. We've made the "Kirk Cameron Action Kit".
Ray Comfort (like many dishonest creationists before him) claims that Darwin and Hitler have an undeniable link. With that level of honesty I might as well claim that Comfort has an undeniable link to Hitler as both of them used religion for their gain.
Thunderf00t has done a great job over the years on his youtube channel. We coordinated efforts closely during the Kent Hovind extravaganza 2 years ago. A few months ago he sat down with the Ray Comfort.
Here is the entire 10 video playlist. Grab your favorite beverage and prepare for fun...
I had a request today for a statement from the Philadelphia City Paper about the upcoming visit of WOTM to The University of Pennsylvania campus. Here is my statement:
I am not worried about the mission to distribute revised Origin of Species books from the Way of the Master team at The University of Pennsylvania. The students at UPENN are some of the brightest in our country. They surely have accumulated enough knowledge of the sciences at this point to see Ray Comforts destruction of The Origin of Species for what it is, a desperate attempt for attention by an ailing Christian movement as it slowly breathes it's last breaths. I hope the students at UPENN are familiar enough with evolution and natural selection to understand that it's verified every day by scientists across the planet in numerous fields of science.