Oh man, I gotta repost this one!

One of Le Café’s biggest fans, John Shore (@johnshore) posted a great blog today about a married-with-children, Republican Indiana State representative who came bounding out of the closet for a gay roll, roll, roll in zee hay.

Here’s a clip from John:

So this morning we have a story in the The Indianapolis Star about Republican state representative Phil Hinkle (above). Mr Hinkle is married with two children. He is a good, staunch, anti-gay, anti-Planned Parenthood, pro-”family values” Republican.

Which, of course, can mean only one thing: he’s also a profoundly clueless and closeted gay man.(Kidding! No excuse. Sorry.)

At least, he was closeted. But then, last Saturday night, Mr. Hinkle got horny. Really horny. So horny that he went up into the man-to-man “Casual Encounter” listings on his local Craigslist. There he found a picture of shirtless hottie Kameryn Gibson, his pants pulled provocatively down below his underwear. Gibson’s age was shown as eighteen. (Gibson later told The Star that his true age is twenty.)

Go read the rest of John’s post here.

Hey John, look! No hands criticism!

Have I lost track of my vision?

At my about page, I wrote:

My personal goal is to help American Christians finally accept evolution as fact.

Recently, someone found this blog by searching for the term “Jeremy Witteveen personal goal to help American Christians finally accept evolution as fact.”

About a week ago, Café Witteveen friend and Christian Julie Ferwerda started a closed Facebook conversation between a few of her more open-minded, believing friends, regular-reader George W. and me regarding Intelligent Design vs. Evolution.

Since I had family and friends here non-stop for about a week, I decided to postpone my attention to the ID vs Evolution conversation. You remember? Blogging came to a halt too.

As I have been formulating some of my ideas about what I would write about when I jumped in to the conversation, I thought how hypocritical it is that I’m not more active promoting evolution to those of you who oppose it. I feel badly about it, and I hope you will forgive me.

Especially when those near and dear to me say things like, “Well, Darwin recanted on his death bed” and “Evolution is only a theory,” which are two of the silliest responses any believer can say. I think a close third is “Why are there still apes if we evolved?” or “Why aren’t there any ape men walking around?”

I wanted to post some of what I wrote here, and hope you’ll pipe up  in the comments with any recommendations for things to present to believers who might be a touch more open to accepting evolution if given the chance.

Below is what I wrote. I wanted to include hot links, because Facebook doesn’t allow it. I was particularly happy with the line about the naked man. I’ve written more about that here:

I wanted to recommend a few starter books that I’ve found aren’t extremely long, but they are well cited and researched with lots of branches of recommendations.

Top recommendation:

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body” by Neil Shubin — excellent book on a recent fossil find of a fish-to-land animal species. Shubin shows in lay terms how DNA evidence shows our connections through development back to plants.

Why Darwin Matters” by Michael Shermer. A short, excellent primer with good sources and reading recommendations on basic evolutionary understanding.

Also, please refer to PBS.org for lots of resources like NOVA: Science NOW! These shows are jampacked with beginner information for exploring science literacy.

Moving from evolution to The Big Bang and astrophysics — A couple books from Brian Greene: “The Fabric of the Cosmos” and “The Elegant Universe“.

I’ve found Greene to be very good at dumbing down the language of physics to my level. I have a good working knowledge of calculus which helps, but is not required.

My view of this discussion is that we can talk about it all day long. However a general working knowledge of evolution (whether you accept it or not) must be achieved. George — nor I — are anything close to approaching professionals on the subject. I would hope you would go to a pastor and theological professionals for information on God and to a scientist on information about science.

Because Christianity makes claims about origins, I feel it’s incredibly important to be moderately versed in the claims you’re opposing. I think it’s a truism to some degree.

Here’s a thought:

Visualizing a grown, naked man, unshaven from head to toe, with a thin layer (sometimes thick layer) of hair and placing that image next to a chimp or gorilla reveals observationally a similar model of creature. Maybe it’s a blessing and a curse that as an artist, this is so obvious to me.

It’s not far off within certain levels of imagination. Dissect the two creatures, and everything from bone structure to its anatomy are spot on similar, in many cases exactly the same.

Does that reveal Intelligent design? Perhaps.

It’s rather uncreative.

When you trace our bone structure and anatomy back to fish with only minor differences along the way, evolution makes for a very convincing argument.

When we carry vestigial structures like the possibility of third and fourth nipples, an occasional thirteenth rib, a coccyx, wisdom teeth, an appendix, body hair, a non-operational third eyelid, good bumps, etc. etc, it’s no wonder that we are directly connected with animals and fish.

Why would “Intelligence” connect us to the rest of the animal kingdom in blatant ways? To confuse us?

What intelligence left the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve to travel from our brains around our heart and up to our mouths in the most inefficient possible track? It was efficient in fish ancestry perhaps. Yet, this same nerve is found on a giraffe. Think about the distance that information must travel for the giraffe brain to tell the giraffe mouth to open and shut.

Argue either way, but “Intelligent” design renders a mockery of intelligence. This will be very condescending, but I hope that one’s bar for intelligence is set much higher.

I have a Marisa Tomei ache

Tina just came in my room and said, “My Marisa Tomei hurts.” So I turned the image above into a graphic that says, “I have a Marisa Tomei ache.”

I wanted it to be like these graphics I’ve been finding here and here.

I knew you’d like it.

Here’s to the photo police who will get pissed off. I say, “You’re welcome for the free promotions of Marisa Tomei.”


Pastor of Willow Creek Church sticks entire head up own ass, caught on JumboTron

Suburban Chicago church Willow Creek (@WillowCreekCC) and its pastor Bill Hybels recently weighed in on their anti-gay agenda to remind everyone how truly anti-gay they are.

There’s a story in the Chicago Tribune here. Quoting from the article, here’s the stand the church takes on homosexuality:

“We challenge homosexuals and heterosexuals to live out the sexual ethics taught in Scriptures, which encourage sexual expression between a man and a woman in the context of marriage,” said Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek. He added that the Bible prescribes “sexual abstinence and purity for everyone else.”

Despite all the evidence that homosexuality in some people is as natural as laughter. Despite all the biblical commandments that Christians ignore, this pathetically small-minded mega church continues to perform the mental gymnastics necessary to hold that they love everyone but hate some people simultaneously.

Dear reader, look at that jumbotron in the photo above. Just in case you couldn’t see the pastor, there’s an image of his glory projected onto a screen the size of a small home.

We’ve already referenced the sermon on the mount once today.

When I first moved to Chicago, I can’t count how many different people said, “How far is Willow Creek from where you live? You should go there. It’s an AWESOME church.”

First, any church that builds itself a mega church and calls itself Christian takes Jesus’ message, stomps on it, pisses on it, and laughs about it.

Second, any church who says it loves everyone, yet makes stipulations, is full of shit.

Third, hey Willow Creek … sell everything and give it to the poor. That’s what your Jesus said to do anyway.

When you start following Jesus’ basic, straight forward commandments, we’ll start taking you seriously. Until then, your hateful discrimination can take a gulp from this bottle of Shut the Fuck Up.


Image above: Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, speaks to audience members at the Global Leadership Summit in South Barrington on Thursday. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / August 11, 2011)


Girl kicked out of school for refusing to join prayer circle

Description of the video via YouTube:

This is me saying the Pledge of Alligence as it was originally wriiten. When the basketball team I play for was saying the Lords Prayer. The next school day i got kicked out of HARDESTY PUBLIC school for standing up for what I thought was right. we have a lawsuit against the school.Was on TV 10 news but say they now have no record of it. The Christain juggernaut is at work 24/7
P.S. By the way the girl Hugging me at the end Told me “GOD FORGIVES YOU, AND I FORGIVE YOU.”
So then thinking for yourself is a SIN?

Who put the Christ in Christian?

What does Jesus recommend to his followers about public prayer?

Matthew 6: 5-6

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Sermon on the Mount, baby!

Stephen Hawking sings the hits

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Quote from Stephen Hawking says, “When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in. It’s like asking directions to the edge of the earth; The Earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge; so looking for it is a futile exercise. We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god. No one created our universe,and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization; There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful.”