This is a good opportunity to see the creationist brain in action. At the Fox News website they have an interesting article: Villagers Pull One-Ton Crocodile Out of Creek in Philippines. It has a rather spectacular photo of the giant croc surrounded by villagers. The story says:
About 100 people had to pull the crocodile, which weighs about 2,370 pounds, from the creek to a clearing where a crane lifted it into a truck … .
Yes, you’re thinking, that’s moderately interesting, but given the purpose of this blog … so what? Be patient, dear reader, there’s always a reason why we write about this stuff. In this case it’s because the croc news has captured the attention of the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
You’re still bewildered. What is there about this croc story that would interest a pack of creationists? Well, that’s the point. The rational mind doesn’t see any connection, but ICR saw the news and — being creationists — they promptly wrote: Did Noah Bring a One-Ton Crocodile onto the Ark? If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that they have the same photo used by Fox News.
You’re shaking your head in disbelief, aren’t you? So were we, but you have to get over it and accept the fact that there are people out there who see a giant croc and then think about Noah’s Ark. That’s the creationist mind in action (so to speak). Although ICR’s article is all nonsense, let’s look at it anyway. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
After a three-week hunt, Philippine locals used cables to capture a huge crocodile from a remote location in the southern Agusan del Sur province. Guinness World Records deemed it the largest captive croc in the world. Since last September, caretakers have held the one-ton saltwater crocodile at Bunawan Eco-Park. Were giant crocodiles on board Noah’s Ark?
Not only is that thing the worlds largest captive croc, but ICR’s question is the world’s most ridiculous non-sequitur. Let’s read on:
Some question the veracity of the historical Noah’s Ark on the grounds that certain dinosaurs would have been too large to enter it or even to fit on board. But dinosaurs would certainly have fit for the same reasons that crocodiles would have, leaving intact the feasibility of the Ark account.
Come on, admit it. You love this stuff! We continue:
The most straightforward solution assumes that the Lord brought juvenile animals to Noah. Like dinosaurs, crocodiles all begin small. At about four inches long, crocodile eggs fit in the palm of an adult’s hand, and even the largest dinosaur hatched from an egg not much larger than a football.
They talk a bit about reptile growth (they’re “scientists,” you know) and then they wrap it up with this:
No matter how fast or slow they grew, Noah and his family would certainly have husbanded young, large-growing dinosaurs and young, large-growing crocodiles on the Ark.
Inspirational, wasn’t it? Aren’t you eager to have those folks teaching science in the public schools?
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