YOU READ our title correctly. Harun Yahya, the flamboyant Turkish creationist, whose real name is Adnan Oktar, continues to amaze us.
It was only a few days ago that we reported: Harun Yahya: Islam and Darwin are Compatible! But now, the great Islamic thinker, an intellectual role model for American creationists, seems to be back on track.
In London’s Independent we read Creationist offers prize for fossil proof of evolution. Here are some excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:
Adnan Oktar said that he has “issued a call to all evolutionists” that he will give “10 trillion Turkish lira to anyone who produces a single intermediate-form fossil demonstrating evolution” – a sum roughly equal to £4.4trn.
Four point four trillion UK pounds? Trillion? A few moments with an online currency converter informs us that 4.4 trillion pounds is almost US$8 trillion. We know the British billion isn’t the same as a billion in the US, so their trillion may be different too.
Our conversion may be off by an order of magnitude, maybe more, but that doesn’t matter. We won’t revise our title. Billion, trillion, zillion — who cares? Presumably, the great Turkish creationist will be able to pay in case he loses — although we have doubts that the Turkish government itself could pay such a sum (whatever it actually is.)
More from the article:
The Muslim writer, who uses the pen name Harun Yahya, is a fierce critic of what he calls “the Darwinist dictatorship” and a popular figure in his home country, where – according to a 2006 survey – only a quarter of the population believe in Darwin’s theory.
Sounds like creationist heaven. That probably explains why things are going so well over there. Continuing:
The 52-year-old former architecture student, who has been heavily criticised in the West, claims there are no fossils to support Darwinist theories. “Evolutionists are at a dead-end in the face of the fossil record,” he said. “Not one [fossil] belongs to strange-looking creatures in the course of development of the kind supposed by evolutionists.”
Amusing. Even more amusing is that he has lots of company in the US. As we’ve said many times before, creationism isn’t specific to any one religion or any denomination. It’s a widespread, sect-independent, stand-alone form of lunacy. (Oh dear, we hope we haven’t offended anyone.)
Wait! Before we end this posting, we see that someone out there has a question: “Hey! If you’re such a smart guy, why don’t you go to London and prove him wrong?”
Good point! Ordinarily, we would contend for the fabled Harun Yahya prize. But we’re expecting to receive millions from a generous Nigerien widow, so we have no need of further riches.