We like Babu Ranganathan’s articles, and it’s been several months since we wrote about one (see Creationism and Pravda, Together Again). Here’s some background on Babu and Pravda, but most of you have seen it so you can skip the next few indented paragraphs:
Babu G. Ranganathan is a graduate of Bob Jones University, with a major in Bible and a minor in Biology. We have previously described Babu as Creationism’s Missing Link. Babu’s writing is frequently found at the website of Pravda On-Line (or just “Pravda”). As Wikipedia’s article on Pravda tells us, after “Boris Yeltsin shut down the Communist Party and seized all of its property, including Pravda,” many of its journalists and editors launched Pravda Online.
Pravda‘s communist roots were confirmed at their About Us page, which used to say: “Over 90 percent of the journalists who had been working for Pravda until the coup d’etat of 1991 quit their jobs. … These journalists had to take their fight to cyberspace, and the Internet newspaper PRAVDA On-Line was launched in January of 1999, the first Russian newspaper of its kind.”
It’s a great embarrassment to the allegedly conservative Discovery Institute in Seattle, but we find that whether they’re in Seattle or in Moscow, creationism’s advocates and apologists are all the same. The Discoveroids’ anti-Enlightenment mode of thought, their peculiar style of argument — specifically what they say about evolution — all seem to be echoed in the online pages of Pravda. See Creationism, Socialism, and Intelligent Design.
You’re up to date now, but we need a moment to rant. That may trouble you but we’re going to rant anyway. For convenience, however, we’ll box the rant so you can scroll right past it.
Okay, we’ve had our little rant. Now we’ll get to Babu’s latest in Pravda: Meteorite life form not alien! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
NASA will do anything for money. Recently NASA claimed aliens exist and that there is now proof from a meteorite containing fossils of bacteria. NASA claims that meteors and meteorites originated from other planets. Why couldn’t they have originated from Earth?
Babu’s subject is one we’ve been writing about, most recently here: Alien Life Discovered? Well, Maybe Not. He fails to mention that NASA isn’t supporting this claimed discovery but we understand that omission. Facts mean nothing to creationists. Let’s read on:
MIT scientist Dr. Walt Brown (a creationist) in his book In “The Beginning ” points out that during the great Genesis flood, as recorded in the Bible, the fountains of the deep that were let loose could have easily spewed out meteors and meteorites into space that very well may have contained micro-organisms such as bacteria.
Walt Brown? Walt Brown! Wow — he’s so far out there that most creationists don’t mention him any more. As for being a “scientist,” his doctorate was in mechanical engineering. We continue:
One thing for sure is that life requires intelligent creation and doesn’t come by chance. NASA knows all this but looking for life on other planets is a powerful way to motivate people to want their government to give more and more money to NASA. NASA, after all, is a business with hefty salaries at stake.
That’s about all Babu has to say about alien life. The rest of his article is the usual recycled nonsense that we’ve seen in his earlier essays. He repeats himself endlessly and there’s no need for us to bother rebutting each new repetition. Nevertheless, his articles are amusing. Go ahead — click over to Pravda and read the whole thing.
Once again, dear reader, we see that anti-Enlightenment creationism is the common thread that unites Pravda in Moscow and creationists in America. Your Curmudgeon regards them all as micro-variations of the same kind. That’s why we love Babu — his existence rips away the “conservative” pretensions of the Holy Moly “family values” people.
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