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Other Creationist Voices

From time to time we like to bring you creationism from news sources we don’t usually encounter. Your Curmudgeon believes that we should try to learn what everyone on this flat world of ours is thinking.

Today’s lesson comes from The Voice, published in London, which considers itself ‘Britain’s Best Black Newspaper.’ Their headline is Religion and evolution encourages racism.

The alleged linkage between evolution and racism is an old subject around here — see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. We get jaded and think we’ve heard it all before, but perhaps The Voice has something new to say. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Evolution theories and a misunderstanding of the Bible are to blame for the racist ideologies that exist in Europe, a scientist has claimed.

Who is this scientist? We’re told:

Dr Philip Asante, a pharmaceutical scientist and theologian, has suggested in his book The Truth about Racism that a misinterpretation of biblical texts about slavery is partially responsible for the racist attitudes that persist today.

Here’s a link to Amazon’s listing for his book: The Truth about Racism: Its Origins, Legacy, and How God Wants Us to Deal with It . They say it’s published by WestBowPress. We Googled for them. Yup — their their website says they’re a vanity press. Amazon also gives us some information about the author. They say:

Dr. Philip Gyang Asante has a PhD in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy.

We’ve never run across a creationist pharmacist before. This should be fun. Then The Voice tells us:

He also believes that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution supports the idea that certain ethnic groups are superior to others.

That’s been endlessly debunked. It’s so absurd that we even wrote a spoof about it here: The Scientific Case Against Darwinian Emancipation. Back to the news:

Asante said: “The so-called Christians at the time of transatlantic slavery used bible texts to justify their own means and gains. Then produced this theory of evolution which in its essence erases a creator, God – replacing him with the idea that we just evolved over billions of years from a primordial soup – and supports the notion that the white race is superior to all other races because they have evolved further.”

Admit it, dear reader. This is the first time you’ve ever heard of the Christian-Evolution-Slave Trade Conspiracy. Where else can you learn about these things except here at your Curmudgeon’s blog?

For journalistic balance, the newspaper quotes someone from the London Black Atheists, who says the problem isn’t evolution, it’s religion, because the bible endorses slavery. The creationist pharmacist disagrees:

But Asante insisted that the slavery referred to in the bible is different to today’s understanding of the word. “Bible texts such as Ephesians 6:5 that encourages ‘slaves’ to obey their masters, have been used to justify great atrocities against human beings. But the slavery in the bible is not the very hostile, very brutal and inhumane treatment of people that defined the enslavement of Africans. Slavery in the bible is more about servanthood. Bond servants were part of the family, treated well and given possessions. It was a very different kind of slavery.

Hey — we’re learning lots of new things today. Bible slavery was good slavery, but evolution slavery is the bad kind.

Then the newspaper gives us another opinion, this time from Bishop and broadcaster, Dr Joe Aldred:

“Racism, prejudice has a number of origins. As a Christian I would want to begin with the predisposition of human beings to sin and to be selfish.” The religious leader added: “Inequality did not start with transatlantic slavery. For example, in many cases tribalism in Africa is a form of oppression.”

And he adds this:

This is why I believe it is impossible to eradicate racism. There should be strong laws to protect people from abuse. But actually, focusing your attention on eradication instead of finding ways to progress, despite the racism, takes the power away from you. It puts you in the position of being the victim, and this is where the most intelligent black person can be reduced to nothing by some idiot with a banana and a racist slur.

Well! We don’t know what to make of all that, so we’re interested in what you think, dear reader.

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Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell!

The Creationists' Universe

The Creationists’ Universe

That drawing was produced at great effort by the elves in our art department. It’s the creationists’ view of the universe. We had to leave out the Moon, because the little fellows were too exhausted. You can see a man — the climax of creation, and certainly no kin to no monkey — standing on the immovable flat Earth which is supported by pillars, and the sun goes around the Earth. Our world was created to be the principal focus of divine attention. That’s how the bible describes things, so that’s what a true creationist believes.

We’ve posted a few times before about the creationists’ view of life on worlds other than Earth. For example, Discoveroids and AIG on Extraterrestrial Life. and also ICR’s New Position on Alien Life.

Now we have a new essay from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

We emphasize that was it was written by ol’ Hambo himself, so you know it’s important — and absolutely authoritative. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. Even Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” in our recent debate, happily gloated about tax dollars being spent toward this effort. And now, secular scientists are at it again.

Of course, secularists are desperate to find life in outer space, as they believe that would provide evidence that life can evolve in different locations and given the supposed right conditions! The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!

Hambo’s right — we’re desperate! Here’s more:

A UK news site recently reported, “Aliens are out there. We’ll find a new earth within 20 years.”

Hambo doesn’t provide a link, and we can’t find that UK story, but he’s talking about this, which was reported by ABC News: NASA predicts finding evidence of extraterrestrial life within 20 years. Let’s read on:

You see, according to the secular, evolutionary worldview there must be other habited worlds out there. As the head of NASA, Charles Borden, puts it, “It’s highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone.” Secularists cannot allow earth to be special or unique — that’s a biblical idea [scripture reference]. If life evolved here, it simply must have evolved elsewhere they believe.

Those accursed secularists! They hate the biblical teaching that the Earth is special. They’re gonna get what’s coming to them — for eternity! Hambo continues:

The Bible, in sharp contrast to the secular worldview, teaches that earth was specially created, that it is unique and the focus of God’s attention [scripture references]. Life did not evolve but was specially created by God, as Genesis clearly teaches. Christians certainly shouldn’t expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe.

Yeah — alien life is un-Christian! Here’s more:

Now the Bible doesn’t say whether there is or is not animal or plant life in outer space. I certainly suspect not.

The bible doesn’t mention bacteria either. We assume ol’ Hambo believes they don’t exist. Moving along:

And I do believe there can’t be other intelligent beings in outer space because of the meaning of the gospel. You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation.

No salvation for aliens! Even if they do exist, they’re all going to hell! Another excerpt:

Jesus did not become the “GodKlingon” or the “GodMartian”! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the “Godman” as our Savior. … To suggest that aliens could respond to the gospel is just totally wrong. An understanding of the gospel makes it clear that salvation through Christ is only for the Adamic race — human beings who are all descendants of Adam.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Salvation is only for the “Adamic race.” You heard it from Hambo: Jesus is a racist! On with the article:

Many secularists want to discover alien life hoping that aliens can answer the deepest questions of life: “Where did we come from?” and “What is the purpose and meaning of life?” But such people are ignoring the revelation from the infinite God behind the whole universe. The Creator has told us where we came from: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Stupid scientists! Why don’t they listen to Hambo? He’s got all the answers. One last excerpt:

We need to start proclaiming the authority of God’s Word from the very first verse — even on the subject of alien life! For more information on the supposed existence of ETs and other common questions about a biblical worldview, I encourage you to order [AIG book promotion deleted].

So there you are, dear reader. You heard it directly from ol’ Hambo. If aliens exist, they’re going to hell. And if you think they exist, that’s where you’re going too.

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Ken Ham Wants Soldiers for the Battle

A few weeks ago, when London’s Telegraph reported this story, BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes, we didn’t post about it because … well, the story made sense. How can we have any fun around here if we report that the sun rose in the east this morning? For example, the Telegraph said:

BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programmes to air ‘marginal views’

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Some 200 staff have already attended seminars and workshops and more will be invited on courses in the coming months to stop them giving ‘undue attention to marginal opinion.’

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“Science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views but depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given.”

Everyone knows that’s how it should be done — well, some journalists apparently don’t know that. This last excerpt from the Telegraph is another reason we didn’t write about their news:

The [BBC] Trust said that man-made climate change was one area where too much weight had been given to unqualified critics.

Again, that makes sense, but it’s not the sort of issue we write about. However, we failed to grasp what that news would mean to creationists. Today we bring you the reaction of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

We should have realized what “marginal views” would mean to a flaming creationist like ol’ Hambo. He’s red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and sputtering mad. At his personal blog we find this: BBC Staff Told Not to Represent “Marginal Views” on Science Programs. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

First the United Kingdom bans the teaching of creation in schools, and now the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Trust prevents BBC journalists from fairly representing [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] views on its science programs. According to a recent report in the UK’s Telegraph, journalists with the BBC have to take courses that teach them not to air “marginal views” — and they include controversies surrounding climate change.

Okay, but why does Hambo care about climate change? He tells us:

Now, many secularists claim that climate change is almost completely man made, but biblical creationists hold that major climate change really began with the global Flood of Noah’s day, and has been changing ever since.

Aaaargh!! Let’s read on:

Well, what the UK is doing to “marginal views” of climate change is really no different than what has happened to the question of evolution and creation in UK schools. Rather than allow viewers to critically evaluate various claims, the BBC in the UK wants to only air certain views.

It’s a Satanic Darwinist conspiracy to suppress The Truth. Send money to AIG. Do it now! Hambo continues:

This attempt to completely remove or significantly minimize “marginal views” from BBC is an outcome of the blatant intolerance of Christianity by the secularists. They reject God and His Word, so of course, climate change cannot be attributed to a global Flood of Noah’s day as described in the Bible.

And here’s where ol’ Hambo ties it into creationism more directly:

In many ways, the climate change controversy is similar to the creation/evolution debate. Creationists don’t deny animals change or different species form, and they don’t deny climate change — but what is debated is to what degree animals change and why climate change occurs!

And as I’ve said before, what has happened in the UK is now happening in the U.S. when it comes to such issues. Many journalists here in America already severely distort views that are considered “marginal,” such as biblical creation — and some do not represent such views at all.

Here’s one more excerpt, and it’s somewhat alarming:

We are definitely seeing an increasing intolerance of Christianity in our Western world. This should wake up Christians to the spiritual battle raging around us — and we need to be soldiers actively involved in this battle.

Hambo’s rant goes beyond being just another a marginal view, or the usual preacher’s solicitation for contributions. It borders on being a call for violence against his imaginary adversaries. That’s not very smart.

Hey, Hambo: You’ve got a nice little tourist attraction for drooling rubes, and it provides you and your family with a good income. It’s one thing to preach about Genesis, but don’t throw it all away by trying to stir up a “spiritual battle” that can easily spin out of control.

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Discovery Institute Catastrophes: Mid 2014

Wile E. Coyote

Wile E. Coyote

At the end of last year we posted Discovery Institute Catastrophes in 2013. Now that we’re half-way through 2014, let’s take a look at their dismal record of accomplishments for this year.

In making such a survey, it’s good to keep in mind their Wedge strategy. It’s the founding manifesto of the Discovery Institute, drafted in 1998. You can read the actual document at the NCSE website: The Wedge Document. Here’s a scan of the original: The Wedge. It’s a pdf document which begins with a graphic of Michelangelo’s God creating Adam. We wrote about it here: What is the “Wedge Document”?

So far, the Discoveroids have failed to accomplish every one of their goals and objectives, but they keep plugging away. How is this possible? Very few endeavors continue in the face of endless failure.

Occasionally, some lone individual will devote his life to a bizarre cause, for example, there’s The Time Cube guy. Government programs can go on for generations, accomplishing nothing, because the politicians aren’t spending their own money, and the bigger the government gets, the more important they are, so they don’t care if their programs ever do anything. The Discoveroids aren’t spending their own money either. As long as somebody’s money keeps flowing in, they’ll keep doing what they do.

Here’s what they’ve done — or rather, have failed to do — in 2014:

They began the year by claiming they had nothing to do with the fact that creationism was being taught in the public schools of Louisiana — see Creationism in Louisiana? Klinghoffer Is Shocked! That was particularly lovely because the Louisiana Science Education Act is one of the few accomplishments the Discoveroids have ever had, but they were forced to disown it.

They ducked, and have continued ducking, as Bryan College flagrantly discriminated against its faculty members who weren’t sufficiently creationist. They ignored all their rhetorical calls for “Academic Freedom,” which was thereby revealed to be a slogan they invoke only when a secular school, like Ball State, tries to rein in creationists who won’t teach science. See “Academic Freedom” for Creationists Only.

There was that shining moment when they finally stopped pretending that their movement was about science, and Klinghoffer Admits Intelligent Design Is Theism.

They spent a couple of months complaining about Cosmos. Also — as they often do — they presented numerous arguments they claimed supported intelligent design — for example Discoveroids: Horses Can Prance, Therefore …, and also Discoveroids: Science Copies Nature, Therefore … — but their record of failing to produce data to support their “theory” remains unbroken.

Then they tried to stir up some action by complaining about a Darwin Day event held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, but they never got any mileage out of it — see Science Museum Promotes Science — Scandal!

Oh, and all the states that considered some version of their Academic Freedom Act failed to pass such a law.

So what are their plans for the second half of 2014? We have no idea. In all likelihood, they’ll be concentrating on making sure their generous patrons fund the joint for another year. Accomplishing that is the only goal they have any hope of achieving.

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