Prominent atheist activist Aron Ra said that even if God appeared tomorrow, evolution would still be a factual reality while the Bible would remain a false collection of “plagiarized fairy tales.”
Ra shared these sentiments Sunday during Apostacon, an annual conference of humanists and self-styled free thinkers that meets in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Even if a god appeared and started poofing things out of nothing, that still wouldn’t prove the Bible because that collection of contrived and plagiarized fairy tales has already been disproved beyond redemption, and not even the existence of god could change that,” Ra said.
He segued into a discussion of his own efforts in Texas (his home state) to get creationist influences out of science education.
“To live in a society that thinks that anything that is not explained by science is explained by god, thus to denigrate science, is to promote religion, so they repackage creationist arguments as scientific weaknesses of evolution,” he said.
For example, he said that he tried to teach the theory of evolution to the Texas school board while they were creating classroom standards.
“I failed, and I’m not at all surprised that I did,” he said, lamenting ignorance of evolution and science.
He added that widespread misunderstandings about science and evolution have allowed the Christian right to indoctrinate students into taking matters of faith as facts.
“Religion always presents the first and biggest obstacle to any attempted improvement, even when we try to defend freedom of religion,” he said.
You can watch Aron Ra’s speech below, via Raw Story. What do you think? If God spontaneously appeared and somehow “proved” that he/she is real, would organized religion still, by and large, be a joke?