Vomit Opportunity: Bryan Fischer & Georgia Purdom

We’ve written before about Bryan Fischer. If you’re not familiar with him or his organization — the American Family Association — you may want to read our earlier post: Meet the American Family Association. Any outfit with the word “Family” in its title, but not “Planning,” is either creationist or it’s connected with Charles Manson. We also wrote about him here: Bryan Fischer: Flaming Creationist Theocrat.

And then there’s Georgia Purdom, who received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Ohio State University. She’s on the staff of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. We last wrote about her here: Ken Ham Has Hot News for Creationist Women.

Her bio page at AIG’s website — Dr. Georgia Purdom — says:

To our knowledge, Dr. Georgia Purdom is the first female Ph.D. scientist engaged in full-time research and speaking on the Book of Genesis for a creationist organization (i.e., which accepts Genesis as literal history, including a young earth).

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She is a peer reviewer for Creation Research Science Quarterly and has attended several creation conferences held by AiG and the BSG (A Creation Biology Study Group). She is also a member of the research team for the GENE project being conducted by the Institute for Creation Research. Dr. Purdom helped design several exhibits for the Creation Museum and serves as an instructor for the online apologetics classes offered through AiG.

By now you must be wondering: What’s the “vomit opportunity” our title promised you? Well, Fischer recently interviewed Purdom, and at the top of this post is a video of the great event. Here are a couple of excerpts to encourage you to watch it:

Fischer: It seems to me that you can draw pretty much of a straight line from Darwinian Evolution to Social Darwinianism – I mean, if it’s survival of the fittest and let’s get rid of the weakest members of our society, it makes absolutely logical sense if you believe in Darwinianism, this is how all of life develops, this is how we get increasingly complex lifeforms. So it seems like you can draw almost a straight line between Charles Darwin, Margaret Sanger, Eugenics movement, and Adolph Hitler. In other words, you’ve got pretty much a broken (sic) line from the theory of evolution to Hitler’s Germany. Is that an over-exaggeration?

Purdom: No it’s not, it’s absolutely [garbled] and that’s one of the things I will show in the presentation that I’ll be doing for the Life Series to sort of show that building, so to speak, from Charles Darwin to Francis Galton to Margaret Sanger to Nazi Germany and all those others in this one big continuum, so to speak. One thing leads to another. When we start compromising on the Bible in one part, like with the ideas of evolution, it’s just another step to compromising on other parts, like the sanctity of life.

The video is about 12 minutes long, but you may find if interesting. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge of creationism.

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6 responses to “Vomit Opportunity: Bryan Fischer & Georgia Purdom

  1. “So it seems like you can draw almost a straight line between Charles Darwin, Margaret Sanger, Eugenics movement, and Adolph Hitler. In other words, you’ve got pretty much a broken (sic) line from the theory of evolution to Hitler’s Germany. Is that an over-exaggeration?”
    When I was a kid, I had one of those connect-the-dots picture books, and I remember at one time deciding to connect the dots differently to come up with my own pictures. None of them made any sense either, but they were… different.
    “I mean, if it’s survival of the fittest and let’s get rid of the weakest members of our society, it makes absolutely logical sense if you believe in Darwinianism, this is how all of life develops, this is how we get increasingly complex lifeforms.”
    So now we know how Fischer would apply evolution (if he accepted it). I just drew a line between the Hitler-dot and the Fischer-dot. I wonder if he would agree with my drawing.
    How can anyone as intelligent as Dr. Purdom must be, to understand molecular genetics, apply that intelligence so stupidly? Oh, yeah- religion.

  2. SC: “Here are a couple of excerpts to encourage you to watch it:”

    No, thanks. Just finished dinner. It was very good, but I don’t want it in my mouth twice.

  3. Managed to watch 5:20 mins before rushing to bathroom. You must have a stronger stomach, SC.

  4. The AFA has been labelled a Hate Group as a result of activities unrelated to this blog. The reason given for the designation is that they have used misinformation, disinformation and outright lies in order to push their agenda.

    It’s no surprise that they would continue in this tradition in order to undermine science standards and evidence. Incidentally, there is an interview of Purdom by Michael Shermer at the Creation Museum. He almost looks like he’s laughing at her nonsense. It can be found on YouTube.

  5. Ceteris Paribus

    @aturingtest: Good analogy to the connect-the-dots books for children, since a child’s mind is exactly the audience that Bryan “Snakeyes” Fischer is targeting. Even a 6 year old understands that using a pencil and straight edge to connect 4 or 5 dots will not produce a realistic outline of a duck. But Fischer’s frame of reference is likely the ruler straight line he finds in his scriptures, connecting 3,000 year old dots of tribal genocide and slave status of women, with his own present day theology.

    I feel sad for Dr. Georgia Purdum. She showed some glimmer of rationality in stating that the eugenics movement never ended. But she is oblivious to the reality that her help making creationist “science” videos for the Home School Network serves the same eugenics goals as did the 19th century invention of sororities and fraternities at elite Northern colleges, and anti-miscegenation laws in the US South.

    As the creationists are fond of saying “like begets like”, and keeping the children of creationists separated from an opportunity for a real education is a dividing line that the fundamentalists actually devoutly worship.

  6. Christine Janis

    Nice move, linking Planned Parenthood to the eugenics movement.

    Who is it who believes that giving to the poor doesn’t help society or the species? Surely not those liberal Darwinists, but the conservative creationists.