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Friday, June 30, 2006

A Chimpanzee’s Grandson: Gene Cook on Evolution and Race

Gene thinks he's a chimp in a roomful of gorillas.

I’m beginning to wonder if the reason why so many people view Pastor Gene Cook as a self-righteous jerk is because his sense of humor is just so skewed from normality. It seems to be the same keen sense of comedy that produced his insulting “Real Men of Genius” parody of Reggie Finley that has spawned his new foray into creative apologetics.

This time around, the conceit is that Gene has called up a website (www.dinosaurdarwin.com- it doesn’t exist) that is selling bumper decals featuring a large outline of a Tyrannosaurus Rex eating a Christian “Truth fish” that itself is eating a “Darwin fish.” This decal does not, in fact, exist- the picture that Gene references is an obvious Photoshop job, although a similar decal is available, showing a Tyrannosaurus eating a generic Christian fish emblem, sold by Ring of Fire Enterprises. Although it’s impossible to tell whether Gene is in on the joke, the graphic he references was produced by The Holy Observer, a Christian satire website (run by Christians, interestingly).

At any rate, upon calling the proprietor of the website, Gene asks for an interview about the dinosaur-fish emblem, which is immediately amenable to the employee (surprise, surprise). It’s around this point that whatever comedy had been infused initially begins to fall flat. After explaining the rationale behind the dinosaur-eating-the jesus-fish imagery (no Christian response can trump it), the employee (hereafter referred to as DD) mentions that he hopes to be able to sell the decals on the Infidel Guy’s website. Gene tells the guy the he knows Reggie also, which is apparently enough information for DD to realize that Gene was the creative force behind the aforementioned parody. DD admits that it was funny (of course he does- he was the backup singer), but chides Gene about one of the insults.
DD: That was messed up when you said, “You think your grandfather was a gorilla.”

Gene: Why is that messed up? He believes in evolution.

DD: Man, cause it’s a strawman. It’s a misrepresentation of-

Gene: How is it- how is it a misrepresentation? I mean, if you believe that you came from gorillas, then… it’s not a misrepresentation. That’s what evolution teaches.
Irony unbound. Only in self-parody can Gene accurately recognize the fact that he’s engaging a strawman of evolution, not the real thing. Certainly, as Gene says, “if you believe that you came from gorillas,” then the insult is well-placed. But evolution does not teach this- instead, we find from countless molecular evidences as well as fossil evidence that humans and gorillas (as well as all of the great apes) are related by common descent, not from direct lineage. There are no extant species of which humans are descended. But even if Gene could grasp this concept, he’s still way off the mark- the closest related species to humans are chimpanzees, not gorillas. But Gene isn’t content with this double-fault- he’s going for a bigger score.
Gene: I take it from your voice that you’re- you’re a black man.

DD: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely.

Gene: And you don’t see evolution as being racist?

DD: How? How is it racist?

Gene: Well, I mean… most people understand that at it’s root evolution is racist because if you- forget about the gorilla for a second. If you think that you came from a chimp, or an ape- now, take me for example. I have white skin. I’m Caucasian.

DD: All right.

Gene: If you put up a chart over top of… if you just look at it from a scientific standpoint, of time and chance and all that, you know- all the elements that say- the scientists, the evolutionary scientists say that go into the process of evolution- I mean, what do you think is closer to a chimp? A white man or a black man?
This is beyond the pale. At least creationists like Michael Behe and William Dembski know enough about evolutionary theory not to make this huge blunder- I mean, come on- even the Discovery Institute would shy away from this, right? Of course- most creationist organizations go out of their way to make the argument that Darwin himself was a racist, but to suggest that white people look more like chimpanzees while black people look more like gorillas? This is hard to take seriously, even as a joke. I wonder where Asians are supposed to fit in this supposed “chart” that Gene’s referencing?

What’s more, this statement belies Gene’s own racist ideas- as is typical when Christians engage in awkward comedy, we see Gene projecting his own psychology on others. According to Gene, white people and black people are so different that it makes more sense to him that they come from completely different species. And note that he immediately places white people in the “chimpanzee lineage,” while black people are supposed to be from the “gorilla lineage.” It’s more than a little odd that Gene identifies his own race with the primates best known for their relative intellectual sophistication, while he identifies black with the primates best known for their brutishness, violence, and intimidation.

But if you think this represents the limit of Gene’s racist humor, he’s not done, not by a long shot. Gene then asks DD about his ordering system, and DD responds by saying that it isn’t possible to order through the website, and that all orders have to be taken by fax (why they can’t simply take telephone orders is a mystery). This poses a problem, evidently, because their bank (not named) requires his customers to provide copies of their drivers’ licenses, and this proves to be another chance at racist mirth. As DD explains:
DD: We get in trouble for taking IDs from non-caucasians.

Gene: Why?

DD: Well, the bank said… well, we got a card from a black guy. Okay? And it looked like someone drew a circle with a sharpie. And the one from the Mexican guy looked like a blurred fingerprint.
Excuse me, I seem to have stumbled into a middle-school playground joke. And not even a good one, at that- whatever pretense of comedy has dried up long before this. Take this moment to remind yourself- these are Christians. You might also want to go get a glass of water to wash that sick feeling from your stomach- but keep it handy, because there’s one more gem coming up.

Near the end of the “interview”, DD tells Gene again that he’d like to sell his decals on the Infidel Guy website, but Gene graciously points out a potential problem, given the restrictions of his ordering policy:
Gene: Don’t you think you’re gonna have trouble getting this on his website if you only sell to Caucasians? You know he’s a black man, right?

DD: Well, I’m glad you brought that up. ‘Cause when it comes to atheists- when it comes to black atheists, he doesn’t fall… he doesn’t- let’s just say he doesn’t come in favor with too many of us atheist black brothers, you know what I’m saying? ‘Cause he seems a little too whitewashed, a little too Uncle Tom-ish, if you know what I’m saying. But he does have a lot of people going to his website, so…
That’s right- it’s not enough to misrepresent evolution, not enough to say that black people are like gorillas, not even enough to make fun of the color of black and Hispanic people’s faces- it’s just not racist enough for Gene & Co. if you’re not calling another black man an “Uncle Tom.”

I really don’t think I need to say anything more at this point- Gene’s words speak for themselves. I just want to point out that, yet again, we see a clear example of the Christian worldview, spread out in public for us all to enjoy.

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13 Comments:

At 6/30/2006 8:20 PM, Blogger Frank Walton declaimed...

*SHAKES HEAD* Man, atheists are so humorless.

 
At 6/30/2006 8:34 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

I am aghast...

 
At 6/30/2006 8:42 PM, Blogger Hellbound Alleee declaimed...

Well, well, well. Here's something humourless. When Franc quoted this to me, I was all "ho hum, Gene Ray sys this stuff all the time."

Priceless! Priceless! I love it. I love it when Christians start sounding like Gene Ray. DO you see what I have been saying? It's so much more sweet and non-racist to say that our two white ancestors managed to fuck up God's plan for a perfect free-will universe, so that he had to drown everyone. That's not racist, see, that's just terrorism. Whee!

(And you can listen to me, because I'm not evil, like Street Apologist. Original Tree of Knowledge and all.)

 
At 6/30/2006 8:46 PM, Blogger olly declaimed...

God, what a moron. It sounds like Gene has been reading from the 'KKK Book of Human History' again.

-olly

 
At 6/30/2006 9:00 PM, Blogger Boss Foxx declaimed...

"Man, atheists are so humorless."

On the contrary, I find the idea of evolutionism being racist to be extremely laughable.

 
At 6/30/2006 9:01 PM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

8. "Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor."

Commandment 8 broken! Damned for all eternity by his own whacky rules! Game over, another lying Christian fucktard.

His grandfather wasn't a gorilla, but his father was a hampster, and his mother smelled of elderberries!

I prefer to think of him as a liar, because the alternative is that he is really that stupid.

 
At 6/30/2006 9:27 PM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

Hey Walton,

Since you're too much of a cheese dick to allow comments on your own dumbass blog, here's some atheist humor:

What do you call cataracts, leprosy, bunions, lumbago, diabetes, ulcers and frostbite?

Intelligent Design!

What's the difference between a poor slob with a light bulb up his ass, and a fanatically religious asshole that murders his whole family?

One is embarrassed, and the other is an embarrassment.

 
At 6/30/2006 11:46 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Walton: *SHAKES HEAD* Man, atheists are so humorless.

I'm curious about the Christian justification of blatant racist humor.

 
At 7/01/2006 12:43 AM, Blogger Not Reformed declaimed...

Wow...just wow...

Gene never ceases to amaze me with just how sick a person he really is.

Whether its yelling at his wife for bringing him the wrong lunch (on his radio show) to getting upset at his pre-teen son for pushing the wrong buttons on the sound board (again on his radio show)....to his obvious issues with humans with different skin tones...

Gene is simply a ridiculous human. The textbook definition of a Christian nut-job. I'd say he's like the 'weird al' of Christian parody, except he's FOR REAL!!!

But on the plus side, he can justify logic and morality splendidly.

 
At 7/23/2006 10:28 AM, Blogger Daniel declaimed...

I listened to this when it first popped up, and I didn't have the stomach to go through and transcribe it to point out Gene's idiocy. I didn't catch that the sticker didn't exist. What does this imply for the guy that Gene called up? He didn't KNOW that he didn't sell the item, when he clearly claims that it is his "hottest item"?? Something is fishy here (no pun intended).

Gene asks us who is "further" from gorillas/chimps/etc., the white man or the black man?

Well, Gene, the simple answer is -- we're equidistant, because the modern white man and modern black man have the same common ancestors (human and other hominidae), before the races developed, and you're just another fucking moron. Would you say to your cousin that you are "farther" from your grandfather than they are? Dumbass.

 
At 10/25/2006 6:24 PM, Blogger Rhology declaimed...

I thought Pastor Cook was serious and went looking for the website where I could see the sticker.
It sure sounded weird that the 'atheist' was saying the things he was saying, that's for sure.
And I didn't think it was very funny. I guess my sense of humor is wwwwaaaayyyy different from his.
That said, all this "He broke the 8th commandment!" stuff is stupid.

 
At 11/19/2006 4:50 PM, Blogger Scott Hill declaimed...

Does the fact that Gene's best friend, who is black, was the guy on the other end of that phone call, and part of the script was his idea effect any of these comments about Gene being racist?

that is one long sentence, huh?

 
At 9/20/2007 9:52 AM, Blogger Frank Walton Sucks! declaimed...

The only post about Frank Walton you will ever need to read.

Frank Walton atheism sucks atheismsucks.blogspot.com

 

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