James J. Lee decided the cable channel wasn’t in agreement with his agenda so he took hostages and was killed before any harm was done to the people who were in his custody. Every movement or organization has a nutcase who wants to be part of their cause. This one happened to be a Darwinist who has a list of demands…
“All programs promoting War and the technology behind those must cease. There is no sense in advertising weapons of mass-destruction anymore.”
“All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.”
“Develop shows that mention the Malthusian sciences about how food production leads to the overpopulation of the Human race. Talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people’s brains until they get it!!”
Atheist PZ Myers disputes a connection between Darwinian evolution and James Lee, he writes in his political liberal (not really much in science) blog…
“They don’t make claims that believing in Darwin will make you a good person.”
Just Darwin himself? No, the theory of evolution. His good friend Richard Dawkins who is also an atheist, says to the contrary in his book, The Selfish Gene…
“Faith cannot move mountains (though generations of children are solemnly told the contrary and believe it). But it is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness. It leads people to believe in whatever it is so strongly that in extreme cases they are prepared to kill and to die for it without the need for further justification… Faith is powerful enough to immunize people against all appeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent human feelings…”
One has to be in some sort of denial concerning the implication Dawkins is giving here. To him, if one rejects the Bible and God and embraces evolution, they are a better person than one who is religious or a Christian. PZ Meyers also believes this as well.
“Religious faith deserves a chapter to itself in the annals of war technology, on an even footing with the longbow, the warhorse, the tank, and the hydrogen bomb.”
This sounds like James J. Lee except he’s not criticizing the discovery channel rather anyone of faith including Christians. While it’s true Dawkins and PZ Myers are not as extreme like going out and putting fear into people by taking them hostage to promote their cause, but they do have similar tones to their statements. The fact of the matter is, Dawkins is wrong about faith even a Darwinist can be prepared to take lives or die for his or her cause.
There is certainly a connection with evolution and the self-imposed war that was conducted by James Lee, if he claimed to be a Christian, they would be blaming his religious beliefs for his evil deeds, much like Dawkins calls faith a “metal illness.”