We were once again awakened by the blaring sirens and lights flashing on the wall display of our Retard-o-tron™. The blinking letters on the wall said WorldNetDaily. WorldNetDaily (WND) is the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed.
The Retard-o-tron™ directed us to WND’s online bookstore — a vast collection of mindless lore –where we found a classic example of creationist trash: Tornado in a Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism, By James Perloff. He wrote another creationism book too, titled The Case Against Darwin. Both are available through WND.
Who is James Perloff? We wrote about him once before — see James Perloff’s Creationism Revival in New Jersey. He was babbling about creationism and peddling his books at an event sponsored by the John Birch Society.
Hey — Perloff even wrote a book titled The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline. It’s published by Western Islands, described by Wikipedia as “the publishing arm of the John Birch Society.” It’s nice to be aware of these little connections.
But let’s not get sidetracked. We just want to talk about Tornado in a Junkyard — the book with the title borrowed from Fred Hoyle — see Hoyle’s fallacy. There’s a video at the WND listing of a very long interview with Perloff. We stopped watching after a couple of minutes, and we recommend avoiding it altogether.
We’re always curious to know who publishes this stuff, so we went to the book’s Amazon’s listing, where we learn that the publisher is something called Refuge Books. Their website is very strange and we can’t tell what’s going on there, but we assume they’re a vanity press outfit.
The book’s description at the WND site is a wondrous example of the purest creationist nonsense available anywhere. Behold:
In an easy-to-read text, this book examines growing scientific evidence that is challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution: lack of transitional forms in the fossil record, the impossibility of mutations (almost universally destructive) serving as evolutionary building blocks, the bad logic of natural selection theory, the stunning lack of evidence for “ape-men,” the mathematic [sic] impossibility of life beginning by itself, more.
Isn’t that great? Compressed into one brief paragraph are a half-dozen long-debunked creationist clunkers. But wait, there’s more:
Also explores how Darwinism helped foster Hitler’s racial policies and examines how Inherit the Wind grossly misled Americans about the Scopes trial. Addresses the ever-vital question: Are we here by chance or are we created by God? Indexed, over 80 illustrations, hundreds of quotes from scientists.
Fantastic! And besides all those illustrations, the book has hundreds of quotes. No doubt they’re all like those in Henry Morris’ most infamous and contemptible work, That Their Words May Be Used Against Them (Amazon listing). It’s a cover-to-cover Ark-load of quote-mining.
What else can we say about Perloff’s book? Well, it neatly connects a few dots — WND, creationism, and the Birch Society. Aside from that, this book would make an ideal birthday gift for that creationist relative you never know how to shop for. He’s sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness. Don’t tell him it was selected by the Retard-o-tron™.
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