A Tribute to Dr Carl
I recall shortly after Carl Sagan's sad death on 20 December 1996 an American creationist had this to say:
"As you know, Carl Sagan died last month. He was vehemently anti-Christian and an ardent evolutionist who fought the creation movement.
He was interviewed on Ted Koppel's TV program "Nightline" and was asked if he had any closing remarks or words of wisdom he would like to share with the Earth's people. So I thought you might like to read Carl Sagan's last major statement to the world:
'We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star that is one of 400 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering.'
In other words [said the creationist] - we're nothing - we're nothing special - we're just part of this universe! What a sad legacy to leave the world.'"
Were JUST part of the Universe? A sad legacy?
I refer to this remarkable response to the death of one of the most influential and loved figures in the scientific and literary world merely to illustrate the incredible meanness and lack of humanity inherent in the creationists' blinkered view of this magnificent universe.
In Memory of Carl SaganStar-Stuff
Carl Leaves Us....An Awful Hole, A Wonderful Life
By Michael Shermer
In His Own Words....Positive Atheism's Big List of Carl Sagan Quotations (off site)
Ann Druyan Talks About Science, Religion, Wonder, Awe . . . and Carl Sagan (off site)
Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit (off site)
The Planetary Society (off site)