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ICR: There Ain’t No Alien Life!

Flat-Earth-2

That splendid illustration of the creationists’ universe is the work of the elves in our art department, shown here in its entirety for the first time.

Besides seeing man on the immovable flat earth (supported by pillars) around which the sun travels, you can now see everything else. The first time we used that pic we showed you only the middle portion, and there was a complaint that it omitted the Lake of Fire. No one remarked that it also omitted the glory of heaven above. Now all of creation is revealed. The full canvas is ten feet high, and it hangs on the wall behind your Curmudgeon’s throne-like chair.

Why have we included that illustration here? We used it before when we wrote Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell!, which presented the official opinion of Answers in Genesis on the existence of intelligent aliens. It was relevant then and it’s relevant now.

Something’s going on. The creationists are becoming increasingly agitated about aliens. First it was AIG, now it’s the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — which is giving us their bible-based opinion on the existence of life on other worlds. The last time we wrote about their view was ICR’s New Position on Alien Life.

ICR’s new article is NASA’s Far Out Search for Life . It’s written by Brian Thomas. This is ICR’s biographical information about him. Here are some excerpts from what he says, with bold font added by us:

Despite billions of dollars spent on the decades-long search and the fact that not one shred of distant life evidence has been found, NASA continues to suggest that life might really be out there and that its discovery is within reach. Does scientific evidence really justify this expensive search for distant life? If not, what’s the driving force behind this program?

And what is the driving force behind the latest creationist frenzy over the issue? The explanation is coming:

The hope of discovering life in outer space dangles at the end of the long and costly stick, and its elusive carrot takes the form of life-friendly planets in distant star systems. The Kepler space telescope has helped astronomers verify over 1,700 “exoplanets” out of an ever-growing pool of more than 5,000 candidates. These findings almost certainly help fuel NASA’s plans to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite in 2017, the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018, and others later on — all looking for distant signs of life.

That’s what has the creationists so worried. A few short years ago, there was no evidence of extra-solar planets. Their number was an unknown variable in the Drake equation. Now we have evidence of thousands of extra-solar planets, and that’s after surveying only a small region of our galaxy, with methods that are rapidly improving. As a result, it seems likely that there are billions of planets out there. The creationists are greatly concerned, but they refuse to give up believing in our unique status as the only life-bearing planet in the universe. Let’s read on:

NASA News wrote, “Future missions will extend the search for oceans in the form of atmospheric water vapor and for life as in carbon dioxide and other atmospheric chemicals, on nearby planets that are similar to Earth in size and mass, a key step in the search for life.”

Aha! Here’s NASA’s article: Finding Life Beyond Earth is Within Reach. It’s the specific cause of the recent creationist agitation. The first paragraph explains their panic:

Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe. It’s probable, they say, that life could have arisen on at least some of the billions of planets thought to exist in our galaxy alone — just as it did here on planet Earth. This basic question about our place in the Universe is one that may be answered by scientific investigations.

Back to ICR:

Those who hope for life in outer space seem to assume that they need merely to discover the conditions that sustain life, when ironically those very conditions destroy the chemicals of life. Even here on Earth where oceans of water, appropriate atmospheric chemicals, and an Earth size and mass collaborate to permit life, a century of experiments invoking a countless array of factors have [sic] not generated anything close to life.

That’s creationist proof! If we haven’t done it yet, then it’s impossible. Life can’t begin to exist without the miraculous intervention of Oogity Boogity! ICR refers to the NASA article and says:

This exposes the real foundation for belief in exoplanetary life — the assumption that life somehow arose by natural processes here on Earth. By definition, secularists make this assumption into a fact, but science clearly refutes it.

Science refutes it? That wild creationist claim has a footnote. Let’s see … ah, it refers to an ICR article. We’ll ignore it; surely you understand why. Here’s more:

If belief in evolution underpins the search for life in outer space, then does NASA’s search stem more from faith in evolution than from solid science?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But ICR’s belief that there’s no life out there isn’t based on faith. It’s solid creation science! Moving along:

At first blush, the chances that certain conditions spawned life from non-life might appear somewhat favorable given billions of years on trillions of planets, but those chances actually approach zero if there are no such conditions.

If there are no such conditions? What are they talking about? Ah, here’s their reasoning:

For example, origin research has so far revealed that the odds of the spontaneous generation of life lie far beneath the odds of the spontaneous generation of aircraft carriers.

Lordy, lordy. That’s a fine example of the research done by ICR. Now we’ve arrived at their final paragraph. We’ll break it into two parts:

Exploring the universe clearly has its benefits, and satisfying our God-given curiosity about this amazing cosmos in which He placed us surely counts as one of them. But as we explore, let us not pretend that the conditions that permit life equal some imaginary conditions that produce life.

Why shouldn’t we proceed on that assumption? ICR’s final sentence explains it for us:

Science and scripture together confirm that life comes not from the laws of physics and chemistry, but from the life-Giver.

Oh. Okay then. NASA should give up. There’s no need to search for knowledge when the creationists already know everything there is to know.

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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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“One Small Step” 45 Years Ago Today

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

Over at the NASA website they’ve got this little reminder:

NASA’s Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon July 20, 1969. The world watched 45 years ago as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set their lunar module Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility, while crewmate Michael Collins orbited above in the command module Columbia.

Your Curmudgeon remembers that “giant leap for mankind.” We were young then, and starry-eyed. Optimism was boundless. Perhaps you felt the same way. It seemed that everyone did.

But since then, no one has gone anywhere else, and therefore this anniversary is a bit of a melancholy occasion. Armstrong died two years ago, perhaps wondering if the dream was dying with him. Sometimes we wonder too.

We’re still optimistic, but now our optimism has shifted into the long-term. We will explore other worlds, one day, and other planetary systems too. But it might be centuries from now, perhaps longer. Humanity seems to have other things on its mind these days. We don’t, but everyone else does. That’s why we’re a Curmudgeon.

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Klinghoffer Is Still Ranting about “Cosmos”

It’s been six weeks since we saw the final episode of Cosmos: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. But the Discovery Institute can’t stop posting about it.

This reminds us of the crushing blow the intelligent design movement received in the Kitzmiller decision. The Discoveroids continue to criticize everything about it — well, everything except the inadequacy of the evidence and legal arguments on their side of the case. Now they’re adding Cosmos to their permanent portfolio of oppressive opponents.

Our last post about the Discoveroids’ fear that the Cosmos series would be used as an educational tool in public schools was Klinghoffer Reacts to “Cosmos” Episode 11. At that time we said:

Klinghoffer is aghast at the notion of the Cosmos series being used as — gasp! — supplemental material in science classes. But … isn’t the use of supplemental material encouraged by the Discoveroids’ campaign to have states enact Academic Freedom bills? We’re always being told that it’s supposed to inspire “critical thinking.” This is so confusing!

That was two months ago, but the specter of Cosmos being shown in public school science classes still bothers them. It haunts them. And so it is that David Klinghoffer, the Discoveroids’ journalistic slasher and poo flinger, has posted about the subject yet again. His newest is Now with 12 Emmy Nominations, Why Shouldn’t Cosmos End Up in the Schools? He says, with bold font added by us:

Next month we’ll see how many Emmys Cosmos walks away with but 12 nominations isn’t bad at all. … With that kind of recognition going for it, the series seems even more likely than it did before to end up as a staple in public-school science instruction.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What really bothers the Discoveroids is that the same wicked Darwinists who will approve of using Cosmos in the schools won’t allow the schools to use material like Of Pandas and People or any of the creationist texts published by Discovery Institute Press. This is an outrage!

Then, after Klinghoffer quotes someone who praises Cosmos, we’re told:

So then what is wrong with Cosmos, exactly? Writing today at The Blaze, Casey Luskin nails it. Cosmos is propaganda for a myopic view of science, where dead matter rules the universe.

We haven’t read that article at The Blaze — an apt name for what we assume is a flamingly creationist website — nor have we read Klinghoffer’s excerpt from it, but if you care to see what Casey wrote, here’s a link: Materialism for the Masses: ‘Cosmos’ Reboot Distorts the History of Science. Klinghoffer continues:

Cosmos gives no inkling of any alterative [sic] scientific view. As a media vehicle … it’s much less “educationally driven” than it is message-driven.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Unlike the Discoveroids’ website. Klinghoffer ends by mentioning something Casey posted earlier, For First Amendment Purposes, Is Atheism a Religion?, which was so bad that we didn’t bother devoting a full post to it. We brushed it aside in Slow Weekend Free Fire Zone, but Casey’s alternate universe interpretation of the Constitution (like the Discoveroids’ alternate universe interpretation of the universe) is now part of their standard dogma. Klinghoffer says:

Casey also reminds us that for First Amendment purposes, atheism counts as a religion. And you’re not supposed to teach religion in public schools, remember?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We are grateful to Klinghoffer for reminding us of Casey’s unique view of things. Anyway, this is a hint of the fury that is certain to come when the Discoveroids learn of actual situations where Cosmos is shown to kids in public school science classes. We’re looking forward to that.

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