Category Archives: Intelligent Design

A Theocrat Goes to Washington

Look what we found in the Moultrie Observer of Moultrie, Georgia. The headline is Moultrie preacher carries message to Washington.

Who is that preacher, and what was his message? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Jake Sutton, preacher of the Moultrie Church of Christ, is director of a national effort called “Campaign: Capitol Hill” that brings pastors from Churches of Christ to preach at the nation’s capital.

A worthy endeavor. We looked around, but “Campaign: Capitol Hill” doesn’t have a website. They are on Facebook, if you care to look. Here’s what the rev said:

“We see our culture and country going farther and farther from the moral standard that pleases God concerning a nation and He cannot and will not bless any nation that continues to spit in His face by removing him from our government, our school systems, our political world and from our homes,” Sutton told the audience. “No one man, leader, elected official or president can change this situation, but rest assured, the Almighty God can.”

Give ‘em hell, Jake! How dare they remove God from our government and our schools? And even our homes! Let’s read on:

Eight men preached during the event Aug. 7: In addition to Sutton were [seven other fearless preachers, including] Dave Miller, the director of Apologetics Press, a creationist organization that gives the biblical approach to the known world in the realm of science [and others].

What an impressive bunch! Washington needs to hear from them. The news story continues:

Sutton preached on “Standing the Gap” and he explained it has always been God’s desire that his children, members of his church, stand in the gap between God and the wicked and to plead with them about repentance.

He’s not talking only about those politicians in Washington. He’s also thinking of you, dear reader. Here’s more:

Sutton said the event was covered and recorded by a live desk producer for NBC, based out of Charlotte, N.C. The Gospel Broadcasting Network was on site the whole day recording the event, he said. The Gospel Radio Network, based out of Texas will be airing it across their state and online to the world.

Wow — what coverage! They not only had one NBC reporter from North Carolina, but the Gospel Broadcasting Network was there too. This was a big event! Here’s the end of the story:

“This is just the beginning” Sutton said. “Lord willing, we will be back there next year and the permit is being secured to do so.”

You gotta admire preachers like Jake. He’s willing to take his vital message right into the lion’s den — and he’s going back next year. Things will start changing in Washington now. We hope it’s not too late!

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Ohio Creationism: New Bill for 2014

It looks like there’s a serious outbreak of creationism in Ohio. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio reports Common Core opposition bill won’t limit foreign authors — or teaching of creationism and ‘intelligent design’. They say, with bold font added by us:

The limit on modern and foreign authors was an unintended “drafting error” in a bill that would kill the Common Core educational standards and create new ones for Ohio, the bill’s sponsor said today. State Rep. Andy Thompson, a Marietta Republican, told The Plain Dealer today that language requiring 80 percent of literature in English classes to be from American or British authors published before 1970 will be removed from HB 597.

Well, these things happen. Here’s the bill that would kill the Common Core standards: House Bill 597. It’s sponsored by state representatives Andy Thompson, who runs Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Matt Huffman, a lawyer. Back to the Plain Dealer:

Thompson also clarified some unclear language in the bill about science standards that would “prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another.” Thompson said that clause prevents teachers and schools from only presenting one side of a political and scientific debate — global warming, for example — without also presenting the other side.

We think we see a pattern developing here. Let’s read on:

And he said the bill gives districts and teachers the freedom to teach religious interpretations of scientific issues as they deem best. That allows “intelligent design” and creationism to be taught alongside evolution, as well as varying views on the age of the earth and whether dinosaurs and people existed at the same time.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s a flaming young-Earth creationist idiot.

In case you’re wondering why we have a new creationist bill this late in the year, Ohio is one of those unfortunate states where the legislature is in session all year long, so anything could happen at any time. We continue:

Asked if the law would require intelligent design to be taught as equivalent to evolution, Thompson said: “I don’t know that it needs to be treated on par, but districts will be able to choose based on their judgment.”

We don’t need to go on. He says one dumb thing after another. Ah, wait — our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have a new article about this: Antiscience legislation in Ohio. They tell us:

Ohio’s House Bill 597, introduced in the House of Representatives on July 28, 2014, would, if enacted, require the state’s science standards to “prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another” — and a sponsor of the bill told a newspaper that it would allow local school districts to teach creationism alongside evolution and global warming denial alongside climate science.

Here’s one more excerpt:

According to the Columbus Dispatch (August 19, 2014), HB 597 was assigned not to the House Education Committee but to the House Rules Committee, “which is run by top House GOP leaders and rarely hears bills.” Huffman told the Dispatch that “he plans to hold six hearings over three weeks. The plan is to vote it out of committee to set up a full House vote soon after the November election.”

That’s all the news we have on this one. Oh, wait — we found a link at the legislature’s website where you can keep track of the bill’s progress: Status Report — HB 597. We’ll keep you advised, and so will NCSE.

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Creationist Wisdom #459: Three Choices

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Richmond Review of Richmond, British Columbia. The letter is titled On evolution, Carl Sagan, Christianity and Robin Williams. It’s rare to find anything that mentions both Carl Sagan and Robin Williams, so this letter grabbed our attention.

There’s no reason to provide internet visibility for creationists, and we don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. We figured out who today’s letter-writer is, but he’s not prominent enough, so we shall use only his first name, which is Branko. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Carl Sagan, evolution proselytizing astronomer who died on Dec. 20, 1996 (aged 62), opens his famous 1980 book Cosmos with this sentence: “The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” This bold statement is not science, it is not objectivity, it is not a fact proven scrupulously by the scientific method! It is simply an expression of Sagan’s irrationality and his blind faith in his atheistic, materialistic, and evolutionist theories so zealously propagated by Sagan and other atheistic, evolutionist, anti-religious scientists and educators.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Branko writes a good letter! And it’s just getting started. Then he says:

These same evolution promoting scientists and educators have virtually stifled, eliminated and censored all debate and discussion on the validity of their evolutionist theories so that no challenge is allowed of these illogical, unproven and contradictory evolution theories at all levels of public education or the academy. This is amply demonstrated by Ben Stein in his 2008 film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Branko is impressed by Ben Stein’s execrable creationist clunker, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It’s possible that there’s a connection between Branko and Walt Ruloff: The Man Who Bankrolled “Expelled”, because they’re both living in British Columbia, but there’s no time to research that. Anyway, let’s read on:

Here is how C.S. Lewis, that great Christian thinker, apologist and writer addressed this issue in one of his essays:

Branko devotes a few paragraphs to quoting Lewis. We don’t know if he’s done so accurately or not. Stripped down to the basics, he claims Lewis wrote that if it were true that only nature exists, and we are the products of evolution, then “there are three things you might do”: (1) commit suicide; (2) live hedonistically, pursuing “only the coarsest of sensual pleasures;” or (3) “defy the universe.”

We’ve only read a bit of Lewis, but we know that he was far from being an idiot. Surely he knew of more possibilities than that. And what’s that weird third option all about? Branko doesn’t tell us. All he does is provide a dictionary definition of “defy.” Then he continues:

I would say C. S. Lewis was absolutely right in his assessment of how people today respond to meaningless and purposeless implication of such materialistic, evolution based theories of modern atheistic scientists. A few take option No. 1, like that great and talented comedian and actor, Robin Williams did recently.

Oh. So that explains it. How insightful of Branko to know Williams’ final thoughts. He then elaborates on the other two options:

Many take option No. 2 and in their excess, lack of self-restraint and zeal to grab all the pleasures of life, burn themselves out or completely ruin themselves, physically, financially and spiritually!

Typical of Darwinists. And what about that cryptic third option? Here it comes:

Many also take the path of option No. 3 and openly “defy the Universe”! I would restate this option as our vain attempt “to escape from reality” which is often unpleasant, uncomfortable and often terrifying in order to achieve some fleeting state of bliss, happiness or a state without pain or suffering.

What’s he talking about? It isn’t explained, and although we were expecting Sagan’s name to pop up again, it doesn’t. The rest of Branko’s letter is praise of Lewis and then some bible quotes. At the end he says:

If Robin Williams had known that fact [about Jesus], he might have been a little bit less depressed than he was and as a result he might be alive today.

We don’t know what to say, except that Branko’s letter is unique, and it certainly deserves a place in our collection.

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Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part VII

This is yet another in a series of posts about a peculiar symptom of the Discoveroids. The last one was Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part VI.

You know what the Discoveroids have been saying: No Darwin, No Hitler. That is, without Darwin and his theory of evolution, there would have been nothing like Hitler. It’s just that simple. And just that stupid. But you can’t blame them. Were it not for their bizarre Hitler claim, all they’d have is their “scientific” arguments for intelligent design. One is a god of the gaps argument. The other is William Paley’s watchmaker analogy — which was popular in the days before Darwin.

You know all that, so let’s not waste time with background. We’ll get right to their latest post, which is Introducing a New Website: From Darwin to Hitler. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Now they’ve got an entire website for this nonsense. Here’s what they say:

Please take some time to investigate an online resource that’s now available: a new website, From Darwin to Hitler, highlighting the research of our Discovery Institute colleague and California State University historian Richard Weikart, author of [blah, blah, blah].

Skipping a paragraph about the intellectual wonders to be found there, they say:

These are important issues in the study of history, culture, and science, with relevance for our own time. Please share From Darwin to Hitler with your friends.

That’s it. That’s the whole thing. Aren’t you impressed? The Discoveroids have always been a bit of a farce, but now they seem to be spoofing themselves.

Mulling this over a bit, if one were to apply the Discoveroids’ thinking to their own “theory” — which is a peculiar version of creationism — it’s not difficult to play the same game. Before Darwin, the whole world was creationist, one way or another. Therefore, all pre-Darwin crimes were committed by creationists. That makes the Discoveroids rather vulnerable to the same kind of attack.

But no one wants to waste his time starting a website called From Creationism to Cannibalism, or maybe From Creationism to Dracula. There are ample historical facts to support those claims, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find an historian who could write it up.

But it won’t happen. Why? Because although it would be based on historical fact, it’s stupid. No one would defend the theory of evolution in such a manner. That’s not the way science is done. Vicious, mindless propaganda, yes; but science, no. The problem with the Discoveroids’ maneuver is twofold: (a) it’s stupid; and (b) they’ve got their history wrong. We’ve previously written that it was Winston Churchill, not Hitler, who read Darwin.

So if you want to click over to the Discoveroids’ new website, that’s up to you. Your Curmudgeon won’t bother with it. But we like the fact that the website exists. It says more about the Discoveroids and their brand of creationism than they’re capable of realizing.

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