Over the weekend a story ran in the Guardian where Stephen Hawking said that the afterlife was a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” As usual this sort of talk - you know, rational, scientific talk - has ruffled some feathers from people whose belief systems are so thin that any challenge to them results in outrage. Leading the pack: Kirk fucking Cameron.
Cameron, who famously used a banana to prove intelligent design, fired back at Hawking, questioning his intelligence.
“Professor Hawking is heralded as ‘the genius of Britain,’ yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything and that life sprang from non-life,” the former Growing Pains star told TMZ. In other words, Cameron is lecturing one of the world’s greatest physicists about science. Kirk Cameron, who was not home schooled but rather SCHOOLED ON THE SET OF A SITCOM.
Here’s more of Cameron’s wisdom:
“Why should anyone believe Mr. Hawking’s writings if he cannot provide evidence for his unscientific belief that out of nothing, everything came?”
“[Hawking] says he knows there is no Heaven. John Lennon wasn’t sure. He said to pretend there’s no Heaven. That’s easy if you try. Then he said he hoped that someday we would join him.”
“Such wishful thinking reveals John and Stephen’s religious beliefs, not good science.”
What? Does Kirk at all understand that the person making the extraordinary claim - in this case there is a Heaven and that a supernatural being created the universe through magic means - is the one who must present the proof? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way - of course Kirk doesn’t understand that.
I remained stunned that the dynamics of the Middle Ages - smart people talking sense, religious people getting mad - still play out in the 21st century, but I suppose we should all be happy that at least now folks aren’t burning our thinkers at the stake. At any rate all of this is moot, as Kirk Cameron should be ascending to heaven on Saturday when the Rapture comes. You think God’s going to gather all of His followers to Him and think ‘Holy Me, these people suck. What was I thinking?”