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June 18, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Pardon My Planet — Cidu Bill @ 12:03 am


Should that read “Creationism isn’t something I support…”? Or is the gag written as intended and I’m missing something?


  1. Perhaps the message is that you don’t ‘support’ evolution, it just happens. Natural Selection doesn’t want or need your support to work.

    Comment by Mark — June 18, 2007 @ 2:19 am

  2. I don’t think it was written incorrectly, but that doesn’t mean I get it.

    Maybe the cleric is referring to Darwinism — survival of the fittest — as another word for everlasting life for Christians.

    Powers &8^]

    Comment by Powers — June 18, 2007 @ 5:55 am

  3. Evolution helps species adapt to changing environmental conditions. “Darwinism” is often thought of as synonymous with “natural selection” and “survival of the fittest.”

    I think he’s saying he prefers seeing the gene pool chlorinated (Darwinism) to just seeing species evolve…with more of their number therefore surviving.

    Comment by Susan — June 18, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  4. He may be referring to “social” Darwinism – which applies the notions of evolution & ‘survival of the fittest’ to social class & status.

    In essence, “social Darwinism” says that those who succeed in society are those most fit to succeed; and hence those who are destitute and powerless have only themselves to blame.

    Comment by Brian Leahy — June 18, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

  5. I think it’s a criticism of the religious right’s opposition to evolution while supporting very unChristian social policies that amount to social Darwinism. It’s not really funny, but at least it’s awkwardly phrased.

    Comment by utnapishtim — June 18, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

  6. I took it as an oblique commentary on the creationist tendency to conflate evolution with something they call ‘darwinism’, which tends to be a serious simplification and misrepresentation of Darwin’s work, and then treat the latter as if it is actually a codified belief structure or religion and attack it thusly. Thus the priest is saying he doesn’t support evolution because he’s invested in the non-existent, strawman religion of darwinism.

    I may be reading too much into it.

    Comment by tynic — June 19, 2007 @ 9:21 am

  7. I got it as ‘supporting evolution (as a member of the clergy) would lead the more easily-swayed members of the church-going population to believe in that, instead of creationism. This would prevent them being thinned out by darwinism in action’

    His version is snappier, if less clear.

    Comment by Mark Hood — June 20, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  8. Does the joke have something to do with the fact that the guy in a nerd, and his girl is totally hot?

    Comment by Kristen — July 9, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

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