Category Archives: Intelligent Design

Answers in Genesis: An Ark-Load of Nonsense

Take a look at this foul mass of misinformation from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo).

It’s a reprint of something they first posted in September of 2008: The Stealing of America. It was junk then and it’s junk now. The thing was written by Mike Riddle, a new name for us, but he has this biography page at the AIG website.

This is going to be difficult for us, because virtually every one of Riddle’s sentences is wrong, and it would take far too much time to debunk it all. Besides, we’ve already done a lot of that in one of our favorite posts, Is America a “Christian Nation”? But we’ll do what we can. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Though not all of America’s Founding Fathers were Bible-believing Christians, the United States was nevertheless founded on biblical principles.

Beep — wrong! Riddle should read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. Hint: there’s no mention of God, the bible, or Christianity. Riddle’s whole essay is like that — it’s one false statement after another. Next he says:

These Fathers declared that our rights come from God, the Sovereign Creator. For example, the Declaration of Independence reads:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Beep — wrong! In the immediately preceding sentence, Jefferson (no fundie) defined the Creator as Nature and Nature’s God — a Deist expression. Let’s read on:

The U.S. Founding Fathers recognized that our rights come from God and that government should exist to protect our rights. However, if there is no God basis, then our rights can only come from the generosity of the state and its leaders. If the state gives us our rights, then the state can take them away.

Beep — wrong! The Founders believed that our rights come from our nature — an Enlightenment idea they got from John Locke. We continue:

In addition, if there is no God, then men are not “created,” and they are not necessarily “equal”: Charles Darwin declared that man evolved and was not created and that some are more evolved than others. The state in essence can become the new god. Darwin wrote:

Riddle then quote-mines Darwin. We won’t bother to copy it, but if you read his article, note the ellipsis. It’s very crude work. We discussed that specific quote in WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag!, so we won’t bother to repeat ourselves. Here’s more:

America has always recognized the existence of a higher authority than the state (based presumably on Genesis 9). This accountability is expressed in all three branches of the U.S. government:

President’s oath of office: “So help me God”;
Congressmen and Senators’ oath: “So help me God”;
Witnesses’ oath in court: “To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God”

Beep — wrong! The President’s oath is in the Constitution, along with a separate oath for all other government officials. The phrase “so help me God” isn’t there. See Article II, Section I:

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: — “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

An “affirmation” is a secular oath. The witness’ oath isn’t in the Constitution, but the God phrase is entirely optional in every court. Further, as you know, Article VI provides:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Has Riddle ever read the Constitution? It doesn’t matter. He writes for ol’ Hambo, and that’s all we need to know. Moving along:

Many of our rights are being taken away. The state has been systematically stealing the rights of individuals and groups.

He gives some examples. No, he doesn’t mention things like taxation and regulation. He mentions only the “social conservative” issues like abortion (the unborn have rights) and displaying the Ten Commandments in public places. But his big example of a stolen right is:

The right to question evolution (academic freedom) in many universities is forbidden and persecuted (see the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed).

No comment necessary. Then he asks:

How Did This Happen? Over decades of systematic training, our children have been bombarded with the secular humanistic worldview in public school systems in many countries. They have been taught that there is no God, there are no moral absolutes, they are products of evolution, and there is no clear meaning/purpose to life.

You knew he’d get around to evolution eventually. Then he spends a few worthless paragraphs claiming that secularism is a religion. Here’s one final excerpt from near the end:

The Christian worldview begins in the book of Genesis with the words “In the beginning God created. . . .” The key to returning America to a biblical base is to build from that solid foundation of Genesis 1:1. In other words, the strategy is to build from the bottom-up.

So there you are. Those wicked evolutionists have stolen our rights, which the Founders say come from the bible. The solution is to ram ol’ Hambo’s view of things down the kiddies’ throats. At least Riddle got one thing right — he’s starting at the bottom.

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Creationist Wisdom #492: Evolution Is Mysticism

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Midland Daily News of Midland, Michigan. It’s titled Mystics. There’s a comments section at the end, and there are a few comments already.

Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his full name. His first name is Bill. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

I try to keep up with past and current affairs, but I sure missed something. In Frank Bruni’s column which you published on Thursday, Nov. 6, titled “Republicans, meet science,” he stated “… there are many Americans who still deny what Darwin and other scientists long ago proved. They elect mysticism over empiricism.”

He’s talking about this, which we found in the New York Times: Republicans, Meet Science. Bruni obviously erred in saying that the theory was “proved,” because theories never are — but it’s overwhelmingly supported by all the evidence ever discovered. The thing was probably reprinted in Bill’s local paper, and it has upset him terribly. He says:

Where is the book or article which proves evolution? If Mr. Bruni can provide me a copy I would like to read it.

Hey, yeah! Where’s that book? Let’s read on:

I still refer to evolution as a theory, not a law. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is defined as a law because it can be tested experimentally, and it has never been shown to be inaccurate. Where is the experimental proof that shows that evolution as hypothesized by many scientist is in fact a law?

Aaaargh!! Bill doesn’t know the difference between a theory and a law, nor does he know that one never gets promoted to the other. It’s not that difficult to find definitions — see Scientific Hypothesis, Theory, Law Definitions, and also Definitions of Fact, Theory, and Law in Scientific Work. Bill continues:

There have been many theories brought forth and then continuously revised as scientists discover new data that conflicts with the old, which is the way science is supposed to work. But as these revisions are made, the hypothesis remains just that, an hypothesis.

He doesn’t know the meaning of hypothesis either. Here’s the rest of it:

I am not aware of any empirical proof that evolution of man, or any species for that matter, has evolved from some non-living soup of those “building blocks of life” that are continually presented as the start of life. And without empirical proof, I would suggest that those scientists who continually try to push their theory as fact are mystics themselves.

We can’t fool Bill! He knows we’re a bunch of mystics.

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Discoveroids Hate BioLogos, Love Adam & Eve

The Discoveroids have a lot of old grudges, and they’re grumbling about them in the latest post by David Klinghoffer, their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. It’s titled World Magazine Examines BioLogos Efforts to Win Christians Over to a Darwinist Account of Human Origins.

The BioLogos Foundation is a long-time adversary of the Discoveroids — see Discovery Institute Battles BioLogos. It’s not only that their very existence contradicts what the Discoveroids are preaching, it’s also sour grapes over the fact that the Templeton Foundation is generous with BioLogos, but won’t consider funding anything related to intelligent design — see Discovery Institute: They Get No Respect.

Another reason for the Discoveroids’ grudge is that BioLogos people are involved in genuine science conferences, whereas the Discoveroids have to hold their creationist revivals mostly in churches or at bible colleges. In fact, it’s hard to find anyone who respects the Discoveroids — see Discovery Institute: Spurned by the Vatican.

So the Discoveroids are bitter, and it shows in Klinghoffer’s latest post. It’s confusingly disjointed, but we’ll do our best with it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

The hard-hitting Christian news magazine World has a cover package out now on efforts by the BioLogos Foundation to win over Christian believers to an of embrace Darwinian evolution, in particular on the question of human origins.

World magazine is one of the few independent publications we’ve seen that says favorable thing about the Discoveroids, so we’re not surprised that they don’t like BioLogos either. Then Klinghoffer brings up another Discoveroid gripe:

BioLogos has received “$9 million from the Templeton Foundation and millions more from other donors. BioLogos in turn offers grants to church, parachurch, and academic leaders and organizations that promote ‘evolutionary creation.’”

Yes, while the Discoveroids seem to rely mainly on one generous patron. Let’s read on:

For explaining the development of life and the emergence of homo sapiens, World finds it notable that BioLogos seems to exclude the theory of intelligent design from the available alternatives.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But then things take a strange turn. Klinghoffer complains that BioLogos doesn’t believe in the biological reality of Adam and Eve. This is a new issue for the Discoveroids. He says: “Obviously there is both scientific and spiritual significance to the question of our origins.” Then he quotes (with his brackets) what Discoveroid Stephen Meyer told someone, that the BioLogos view:

is not based on evidence, but on a speculative field called theoretical population genetics, [which] assumes but does not establish that humans and lower primates share a common ancestor and that all gene differences between humans and other primates are the result of random mutations.

We already knew that the Discoveroids reject the idea that humans are a product of evolution, but wait ’til you see what comes next — Adam and Eve! Klinghoffer gives us more from Meyer, who says BioLogos offers:

an unsubstantiated and controversial claim to urge pastors and theologians to jettison a straightforward reading of Genesis about the human race arising from one man and one woman. They think “the science” requires such a reinterpretation, but apart from speculative models that make numerous question-begging assumptions, the science does no such thing.

There’s not much doubt about it — the Discoveroids are now advocates of a literal reading of Genesis. Need more evidence of that? Okay. Then Klinghoffer says, with his bracketed material:

Also quoted, Discovery Institute’s William Dembski, who commented that Alexander’s position on origins “[gives] up too much that is essential in the biblical understanding of creation and the fall.”

Dembski also has a long history of opposing BioLogos — see Discovery Institute, William Dembski, & Biologos Moving along, Klinghoffer complains that the Discoveroids were left out of a science meeting. Again, the brackets are his:

Meanwhile, World reporter Warren Cole Smith attended an “all-expenses paid” BioLogos-organized and Templeton-funded meeting at the Harvard Club in New York City, aimed at “Christian thought leaders” and promoting “an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.”

Reports Smith, “BioLogos is spending $513,000 of Templeton funds for [such] meetings in 2013, 2014, and 2015.” The reporter noted who wasn’t there. “Strikingly absent from the conference were leaders of the Intelligent Design movement such as Stephen Meyer or William Dembski.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yet another insult! We’ll leave it there, but Klinghoffer goes on for a while, and then plugs a few Discoveroid books. Click over there if you’re interested. We’re not.

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Ken Ham Offers the “Opportunity of a Lifetime”

We bring you a thrilling essay written by 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 mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Ol’ Hambo’s newest article is titled Opportunity of a Lifetime. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and Hambo’s links, scripture quotes, and references omitted:

About 4,300 years ago, eight people experienced the incredible event of their lifetime as they boarded Noah’s Ark.

Yes, and if you believe that, you believe that all the millions of other people in the world were killed, along with their children. Also extinguished were millions of puppies, songbirds, etc. It’s a wonderful story! Then Hambo says:

While the situation is quite different today, you will have (over the next two years) an opportunity of a lifetime: getting a special lifetime boarding pass for you and your family (or grandparents and their grandchildren) for what I believe will be one of the greatest evangelistic outreaches of our time — the Ark Encounter, with a full-size Noah’s Ark.

Don’t be left behind. Get a boarding pass now! Let’s read on:

In Noah’s day, the whole world, except Noah and his family, rejected the truth of God’s Word: [scripture passage]. Even though we see great wickedness all around us today, thankfully there are many people who have not rejected the truth of God’s Word. And many of them are burdened to share the saving gospel with their families, friends, and others. In the book of 2 Peter, we are warned that there is another global judgment to come. Not by water this time, as it was 4,300 years ago, but by fire:[scripture quote].

Wow — the righteousness of Hambo and his drooling followers is all that’s keeping the world from being destroyed again! He continues:

Answers in Genesis is building a colossal, life-size Noah’s Ark out of wood, with exciting animatronics and walk-through exhibits, scheduled to open in the late summer of 2016. … For all those who visit the Ark Encounter’s life-size Ark, they will have an encounter with this biblical vessel and also encounter God’s Word. Our prayer is that our guests will have an eternity-changing encounter with the Lord Jesus — our Ark of salvation!

If you visit Hambo’s Ark, you will have an encounter! Aren’t you excited? Here’s more:

Until the Ark Encounter is officially opened in 2016, AiG is offering a variety of lifetime boarding passes.I truly believe that a lifetime boarding pass to the Ark and the Creation Museum is one of the greatest opportunities you will ever have to impact so many lives for the Lord Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, you will be helping fund this amazing outreach!

Ol’ Hambo “truly believes” that a lifetime boarding pass to the Ark will be “one of the greatest opportunities you will ever have.” Moving along:

Don’t miss out on this offer of a lifetime. It’s one of the greatest investments you could make in this time of history.

Skipping over a lot more of the same, he concludes with this:

I do urge you to consider becoming a boarding-pass member of the Ark Encounter (and Creation Museum) to help you be a Noah-like “preacher of righteousness” for your children and other loved ones in today’s challenging world.

Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for? Click over there and use some of Hambo’s convenient links to where you can buy a boarding pass. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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