AIG: Two Facts that Disprove Evolution

Do you have two and a half minutes to spare? Sure you do. Take a look at this video which was apparently uploaded by the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis, the on-line ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia.

AIG must be very proud of this thing. They call it Refuting Evolution with two Scientific Facts. Click on it. Watch it — if you dare! See if it lives up to its title.

Do we need to debunk this mess? Well, okay, but just their first “fact” — that evolution can’t create new “information.” One way it happens is explained in How One Gene Becomes Two Different Genes.

We’ll leave it to you to deal with AIG’s second “fact.” Can you cope with the challenge, dear reader? Do you have the courage? We shall see.

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A Sign from Above and a Free Fire Zone

We bring you news of what is likely to be the most memorable event that has ever occurred or that ever will occur in your life. It’s certainly the most thrilling news we can remember. Pay careful attention, dear reader, and remember that you learned about it here, at this humble blog.

We know this is a true story because we found it at the website of television station KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas. Their headline is: Jesus image spotted in Central Texas moth. The TV station informs us:

A Georgetown [Texas] woman says a moth that showed up at her home with a pattern that resembles the face of Jesus is a sign from above.

Aaaargh!! A Jesus moth! Aaaargh!! [*The Curmudgeon's emotionless eyes shed unaccustomed tears of joy*] We are so overwhelmed that it’s difficult to continue, but we shall try.

The TV station’s article has a picture of the blessed insect, but we probably shouldn’t copy it. You’ll have to click over there to see it. As long as you’re doing that, we only need to give you one more excerpt:

Yvonne Esquilin tells KXAN the moth showed up at her home just after noon Wednesday. At first, her family thought it was a butterfly. It stuck around until she got home from work and saw it for herself. “We were just amazed at the size of the moth,” she told KXAN. “It didn’t dawn on me until I snapped the picture. At first it looked like Jesus – and I still think it looks like Jesus.”

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I believe this was a sign,” she said. “God is letting me know Good News is Coming and to keep the Hope.”

Verily, none can deny it. We suggest that you start making preparations for the rapture, dear reader. Your Curmudgeon is already prepared, so we’re going to take the dogs outside. They know how to react to these things. While we’re doing that, feel free to use the comment section as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone.

As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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Hey, Creationists: What About Ebola?

You know we don’t debate creationists, and you know why: Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism. We don’t even want to talk to them. But it’s still fun to imagine such an encounter. So let’s assume that such a thing happens, and the subject is Ebola — a virus which is usually fatal to humans, and which has no known cure.

Creationists claim to know the reason for all things. Although they have no idea how to cure someone suffering from Ebola, and no way to develop a vaccine (they leave such things to godless scientists), creationists should at least be able to explain why Ebola exists.

But before we begin our imaginary conversation — which will be brief — we’ll give you a bit of news. This is from the website of Nature: Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads. They say:

[Augustine Goba] his colleagues have now decoded the genetic sequences of 99 Ebola viruses collected from 78 patients during the first 24 days of the epidemic in Sierra Leone. The work, published online in Science, could help to inform the design of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, says structural biologist Erica Ollmann Saphire of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. “This paper is terrific,” she adds.

Here’s a link to the paper: Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak. Back to Nature:

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has already killed more than 1,400 people — including five of Goba’s co-authors from Kenema. The paper is dedicated to their memory.

Verily, this is a perfectly designed world. Let’s read on:

By comparing their data to the Guinean sequence data, Goba’s team confirmed that Ebola was probably imported to Sierra Leone by 12 people who attended the funeral in Guinea, and that the West African outbreak originated in a single event in which the virus passed from an animal into a person. Further comparisons suggest that the virus that caused the outbreak separated from those that caused past Ebola outbreaks about 10 years ago. It had accumulated more than 395 mutations between that time and June, when the researchers collected the last samples included in today’s analysis.

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“The longer we allow the outbreak to continue, the greater the opportunity the virus has to mutate, and it’s possible that it will mutate into a form that would be an even greater threat than it is right now,” says Charles Chiu, an infectious-disease physician at the University of California, San Francisco.

Okay, that’s enough. Now let’s start the imaginary dialogue with a creationist. To be fair to the Discoveroids, we’ll treat them as they wish — in a different category from the bible-based creationists:

Curmudgeon: Can you explain why the Ebola virus exists?

Bible Creationist: Of course — it’s because of the original sin of Adam & Eve in the garden. We live in a sin-cursed world.

Discoveroid: The designer — blessed be he! — sometimes does things like that. You will note, however, that in spite of all those mutations, the intelligently designed virus is still Ebola. It hasn’t evolved into anything else.

Bible Creationist: Yeah, molecules to man evolution is a Satanic lie!

Curmudgeon: But why would this outbreak occur in Africa? What did those people do to deserve it?

Bible Creationist: We are all sinners. It’s a lesson to everyone. Repent!

Discoveroid: Our theory doesn’t attempt to explain why the designer does what he does. All we can do is point to the virus as clear evidence of intelligent design theory.

Curmudgeon: Okay, what should we do about it?

Bible Creationist: Repent!

Discoveroid: Abandon Darwinism!

That’s enough. We can’t endure even an imaginary dialogue with such people. If you want to suggest any further exchanges, feel free to tell us about it.

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Kirk Cameron Wants To Save Christmas

You know we’re desperate for news when we write about Kirk Cameron, the creationist boy wonder. Here are two of our previous posts about him: Kirk Cameron and the Crocoduck, and also Kirk Cameron: World’s Dumbest Human?

In case you may have missed it, here’s another chance to see him in his supporting role in Ray Comfort’s famous “Banana video”. Our last post about the boy wonder was when he showed up in an article in WorldNetDaily — that was Kirk Cameron Gets Award for “Excellence”.

Now he’s back in the news. We learned about it in The Hollywood Reporter, which has this headline: Kirk Cameron’s Faith-Based ‘Saving Christmas’ Picked Up for Limited Release. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Kirk Cameron is on Samuel Goldwyn Films’ nice list. The company will release Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas in a limited run on Nov. 14.

With a title like that, it’s going to be a smashing success. But what’s it about? We’re told:

The Growing Pains actor, who has a long history of conservative activism and commentary, intends to put Christ back into Christmas with the film, focusing on the biblical story behind the festivities.

There’s a biblical story behind Christmas? Who knew? Let’s read on:

“For too many years Christmas has been attacked and hammered by those outside the church, and it’s even changed how we think about Christmas inside the church,” he said in a statement. “My hope for Saving Christmas is that families all across the country will join with my family in putting Christ back into Christmas.”

If anyone can save Christmas, it’s the banana boy. We did what we could last year — see The Night Before Christmas Eve — but we’re certain that Cameron can do it better.

The Hollywood Reporter goes on a bit about unimportant stuff, so we’ll skip to the end:

The film is produced in partnership with Liberty University, a nonprofit Christian university in Lynchburg, Va., which partnered with CAMFAM [Cameron's production company] last year to produce the Cameron-written documentary Unstoppable.

Wow — Liberty University! This film is going to be great! Somehow we missed Cameron’s documentary last year, but there’s no way we’re gonna miss his new film!

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