James Lunney — Creationist Canadian MP

We expected the worst when we saw this headline in the Globe and Mail of Toronto, the most populous city in Canada and the capital of Ontario: B.C. MP quits Conservatives to defend views on evolution. The newspaper has over 200 comments.

Oh no, we thought. A sane politician has been driven out of the Conservative party by creationists. But then we read the story and discovered that it’s not what we feared. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Veteran Conservative MP [member of Parliament] James Lunney, who has repeatedly expressed skepticism about the theory of evolution, is quitting the Tory caucus, citing a deliberate attempt to “suppress a Christian worldview” at the “senior levels” of politics.

Whoa! Everything seems to be upside-down in Canada. The creationist — appropriately named Mr. Lunney — is leaving the Conservative party. We’re told:

In a statement explaining his decision to sit as an independent, Mr. Lunney said he wants to place some distance between himself and the Harper government so he can “defend my beliefs” without it reflecting back on the Conservative caucus, which he made a point of framing as diverse.

It’s diverse, but not diverse enough to include a creationist. Good for them! Let’s read on:

Mr. Lunney expressed common cause in this statement with a group of faith leaders who spoke out in Ottawa last week against what they say is increasing discrimination and intolerance against Christians in Canada today, including from the government and private companies. He said like these religious leaders he sees an effort to “suppress a Christian world view from professional and economic opportunity in law, medicine and academia.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He sounds just like ol’ Hambo. We continue:

The B.C. MP [that’s British Colombia Member of Parliament], a chiropractor by training, recently came to the defence of Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls who said he doesn’t believe in evolution.

Ah, he’s a chiropractor, and he’s defending a Progressive Conservative. Are the Canadian Progressives the creationists? Why this reversal from the way things are in the US? It must be that polar vortex we’ve been hearing about. Oh, this next excerpt is good. The bracketed word is like that in the newspaper:

“[Just] stop calling #evolution fact!” Mr. Lunney said on Twitter in late February.

A bold statement indeed! Here’s more:

In April 2009, Mr. Lunney made a statement in the Commons that suggested he had doubts about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. “Given the modern evidence unavailable to Darwin, advanced models of plate tectonics, polonium radiohalos, polystratic fossils, I am prepared to believe that Darwin would be willing to re-examine his assumptions,” Mr. Lunney told the House in 2009.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s got all the creationist arguments. Moving along:

“The evolutionists may genuinely see his ancestor in a monkey, but many modern scientists interpret the same evidence in favour of creation and a creator,” Mr. Lunney said back in 2009.

Lunney ain’t no kin to no monkey! Another excerpt:

Any scientist who declares that the theory of evolution is a fact has already abandoned the foundations of science. For science establishes fact through the study of things observable and reproducible. Since origins can neither be reproduced nor observed, they remain the realm of hypothesis.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Where do these guys go for their information? Oh, it’s probably the same websites we visit for laughs.

There’s more in the newspaper, and several others are also reporting the story — but for some reason, not many science bloggers. Perhaps they’re baffled by the behavior of the Conservatives. We don’t know anything about politics in Canada, but if the Conservatives up there don’t have room for a flaming creationist, that sounds good to us. It’s the way things used to be in the US, before Nixon’s Southern strategy.

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The Curmudgeon’s Greatest Discovery

You will never forget this moment, dear reader. We are revealing astounding news to the world for the first time today, 01 April, here on our humble blog. On a day like this — [*cough, cough*] — we wouldn’t try to fool you.

For centuries, people have tried to make sense out of creationism, but none have succeeded — until now. Yes, dear reader, your Curmudgeon has done it! After years of solitary research, the Curmudgeon announces his ultimate discovery — the Grand Unified Theory of Creationism (GUTOC).

As you all know, after the miraculous six days of creation — a mere 6,000 years ago — the designer rested. That was on the seventh day, which means that the number seven has supremely powerful significance. With that in mind, when we look up to the heavens, one question surpasses all others in importance: What is the seventh planet?

You know the answer, don’t you? Yes, it’s Uranus (also known as the world that dare not speak its name). Being the seventh planet is no mere coincidence. In a designed universe, nothing is a coincidence. Nothing evolves because of random chance. Uranus occupies its unique astronomical position by design! That is the Ultimate Secret which has been revealed your Curmudgeon. Verily, we say unto you: Uranus is the pathway to creationism! There is nothing more you need to know.

Credit for discovery of Uranus goes to William Herschel, who carefully observed it in the 1780s. Everyone was a creationist in those days, and therefore everything was wonderful. Society had none of the problems we have today. It was inevitable that the whole world was excited by Uranus.

Well, not everyone. Because he hated everything that was good and holy, Charles Darwin dreamed up his diabolical theory of evolution and published it in 1859. But his scandalous scheme was doomed to failure. The influence of Uranus was too strong!

What does our discovery mean to you? If you keep Uranus foremost in your thoughts, you can use it every day. The next time an evil Darwinist tries to belittle your faith in creationism, you will have a one-word response which is guaranteed to stun him into silence. Just say Uranus! If he protests, repeat it — Uranus! Keep repeating it until he finally gives up. It works every time, because the GUTOC is great science!

We conclude this post with our traditional guarantee of quality:

Self-Proving Truth Certificate

Everything written by the Curmudgeon in this blog is true. The presence of this Certificate is your proof. Our logic is undeniable.

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Update on the Idaho Creation Museum

Several of you have been telling us about the big news in the Los Angeles Times. Their headline is Creationist museum feels right at home in Idaho.

We wrote about that thing almost a year ago — see New Creation Museum for Boise, Idaho, and we had an update five months ago: The Miracle of the Ica Stones. But at that time, the museum was just in the promotional stage. They were hustling around for money.

However, if their proposal to build the Northwest Science Museum — with a full-scale Noah’s Ark — were to be successful, it could surpass the Kentucky extravaganza run by ol’ Hambo. Let’s find out what the latest news is. Here are some excerpts from the Los Angeles Times, with bold font added by us.

After discussing some goofy political things going on in Idaho, the newspaper says:

Idaho is conservative enough to embrace the museum that [Stan] Lutz helped create, an as-yet-modest facility dedicated to the idea that Earth is a mere 6,000 years old. That dinosaurs and men cavorted together. That all those fossils dug up by archaeologists came into being because of the flood.

Aaaargh!! We keep insisting that conservatism isn’t the same thing as stupidity, but a lot of politicians and creationists keep trying to prove otherwise. Then we’re told:

The Northwest Science Museum’s board of directors has big plans here in one of America’s most conservative states — where the population is more than 80% white, the electorate voted for a Republican president in the last seven elections and prayer is top of mind. When the group finally raises the necessary $150 million, its members plan to erect a 350,000-square-foot facility with a full-sized ark that will rise above Interstate 84 somewhere between Boise and Nampa.

It seems that they haven’t raised the money yet. Let’s read on:

Lutz and Executive Director Douglas J. Bennett say their museum, which opened in June, is different from the dozen or so others dedicated to Creation Week across the country.

In our earlier posts, we learned that Lutz is a farmer who studied at Kent Hovind’s Creation Science Evangelism Institute in Pensacola, Florida. Bennett claims to be a geologist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Boise. When we last posted about this, their “museum” was in one room, located in a strip mall or something. We continue:

Each exhibit is accompanied by an evolutionary explanation and a biblical explanation, Bennett said, and museum-goers will be able to make up their own minds. “Because we feel we don’t have anything to hide,” said Bennett, a 54-year-old geologist. “If we put both out there, a person that’s actually seeking the truth will look and say, ‘Ah, the biblical explanation fits what I see in the world around us a lot better than evolution.'”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:

For now, the Northwest Science Museum is housed in a light industrial park hard by Boise’s auto row in a single room the size of a generous studio apartment. Attendance can range from three or four per week to upward of 100.

Ah, nothing has changed. It’s essentially a museum in a closet. Moving along:

The museum is a particular draw for home-schoolers and church groups, although the occasional atheist has been known to wander in, along with the simply curious.

Sounds like a roaring success so far. Here’s what you can see there:

Fossil-filled cases line the museum walls, displaying slices of petrified wood and nautilus shells, dinosaur eggs and the imprints of ancient leaves. Everything, Bennett says, is about 4,500 years old, “because they were buried during the flood and fossilized at that time.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then we’re told about a special exhibit:

The sauropod egg is of particular importance, he [Bennett] said. Although the cement-colored sphere is the size of a soccer ball, eggs like it produced behemoths that grew to 100 feet long and 100 tons. “This is the egg that the biggest dinosaur comes from,” Bennett said during a recent tour of the small facility. “They’re not big, so when they hatched, your animals are fairly little.”

What’s the significance of that? Here it comes:

The point, he explained, is that “people say, ‘Oh, on Noah’s ark, there wasn’t enough room to have all the dinosaurs and other animals.’ “Well, if you take a young one that’s small on the ark, you’ve got plenty of room,” Bennett said. “You wouldn’t want to take an old, fully grown adult, because, after the flood, their purpose was to reproduce and populate the earth again.”

That makes perfect sense. Those guys know what they’re talking about, and the world could certainly use another creation museum. All they need is $150 million. Go ahead, send them some money. It’s a worthy cause.

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Bruce Chapman: No Enlightenment, No Hitler

Today we have a rare treat for you, dear reader. There’s a new post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog by Bruce Chapman, whom we affectionately call “Chappy.” He’s the founder and chairman of the Discovery Institute.

Chappy’s position makes him Lord High Keeper of the Discoveroids’ Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all cdesign proponentsists. Therefore, when Chappy speaks, creationists pay attention — and so do we.

Chappy’s latest is How Goethe Set the Scene for Scientism, and Worse. He says, with bold font added by us:

You might think that the culture that allowed Nazism had been fully examined already, but M. D. Aeschliman, the distinguished American critic living in Switzerland, describes in the new St. Austin Review (edited by Joseph Pearce) the ways that Germany from the Enlightenment onward developed a truculent secularism that encouraged the National Socialists.

Aaaargh!! The Enlightenment encouraged Hitler’s National Socialists? This is a startling new claim. We’ve become accustomed to the Discoveroids’ vicious slogan, “No Darwin, no Hitler” — see Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, which was the first in a long series of related posts. But now they’re blaming the Enlightenment!

Actually, this is an inevitable development. When we first began this humble blog, one of our earliest posts was Discovery Institute: Enemies of the Enlightenment. Okay, back to Chappy:

The most intriguing insight in this thorough essay is Aeschliman’s observation that Goethe set the scene in the 18th Century with his praise of art and science as substitutes for religion. Unmoored from faith, the devotees of “Kulture” and science (overwhelmingly materialistic and Darwinian) in the 19th and 20th centuries were ready allies of the anti-Semites and others who influenced Hitler.

Who is Aeschliman? Chappy says:

Aeschliman gives considerable credit to Dr. Richard Weikart (Discovery Institute Fellow and professor at Cal State Stanislaus) and his scholarship on the topic.

Ah, Aeschliman is a fan of Weikart. That’s all we need to know. Richard Weikart is not only a Discoveroid “fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist), he’s also the author of a book titled From Darwin to Hitler, which influenced James Kennedy, the now-deceased televangelist who made the influential “documentary” Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. We consider Weikart to be the intellectual godfather of the Discoveroids’ frequently-repeated malicious mantra: “No Darwin, no Hitler.”

Then Chappy tells us:

Aeschliman concludes that we are far from liberated from these pernicious pseudo-religions. Think of the people who effectively still worship either art or science, or both, and believe with an unchecked passion.

Do you, dear reader, know anyone who worships science “with an unchecked passion”? Neither do we, but we’ve seen other creationists claim that science is a religion. Until today, however, we’ve never seen anyone claim that the Enlightenment leads to Hitler. In fact, the three countries that were arguably the most influenced by the Enlightenment — England, France, and the United States — were opposed to Hitler. Ah well, here’s the rest of Chappy’s essay:

Religious people have learned tolerance and mutual appreciation from the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and from the Holocaust itself. History can be humbling. Maybe the zealots of art and science could use a Reformation of their own.

So there you are. All the fanatics are on the science side. Chappy and the creationists have learned tolerance. We need to be more like them.

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