Yesterday we told you that WorldNetDaily (WND) appears to be transforming itself into an Umbrella Site for All Creationists. They had posted a story about a whale fossil found in what scientists said was a 15 million year old rock formation.
WND’s article included quotes not only from Georgia Purdom, who recited the standard young-Earth mantra, but also from the Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin, who said that although he thought the fossil and the rock stratum in which it was found were old, the fossil nevertheless pointed to design, not “chance.”
How is the creationist community reacting to this, ah, ecumenical approach that WND is taking? Let’s first consider the reaction from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the on-line ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
At ol’ Hambo’s blog he just posted this: A Walking Witness and a Whale Story. The first half of it doesn’t interest us. The second half is titled “Whale Story.” That’s where Hambo lets us know what he thinks of WND. Let’s take a look, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
The well-visited website WorldNetDaily (WND) has posted an article about a fossil whale that the Washington Post newspaper has reported on. The Post stated that the fossil was dated at 15 million years old. But how was the date determined? Well, the news service of WorldNetDaily wanted our perspective.
Right. So Hambo had WND interview AIG’s Georgia Purdom. We’ve already reported about that. What’s Hambo’s reaction to the WND piece? Here it comes:
I did find it sad, however, that the intelligent design (ID) spokesperson who was quoted dismissed the importance of the question of the age of the earth. But it’s really not surprising, as the ID movement is not a Christian movement. And while many ID proponents are Christians, they are not interested in biblical authority — they are just against naturalism.
Aha! Hambo is enraged that one of his people was quoted in the same article as that heathen Discoveroid, Casey Luskin. But why does he object to merely sharing the stage with the Discoveroids? They are, after all, creationists, so they and AIG share a common enemy — the rational world. Surely Hambo could show a little tolerance in the interest of fighting the common foe. But no, there’s no tolerance in Hambo’s approach to things. He’s not a big tent guy. Casey polluted the scriptural purity of Hambo’s message. It’s an outrage! He goes on:
The old earth is such a key issue today in fighting for the full accuracy and authority of the Bible. AiG does not only present the arguments against evolution. You see, it is just as important to offer arguments against an old age for the earth and universe.
That’s Hambo’s “all or nothing” approach to scripture, which so many find impossible to accept, so they just walk away from the whole thing. That leaves Hambo sputtering that the church (his version of it) is losing people and he can’t figure out why. He continues:
When it comes to biblical authority, the question of the age of the earth is just as vital as the question of whether evolution is true or not. The chronologies in the Bible and the length of the days of the Creation Week (they were 24 hours each) show that the earth is young. Why try to reinterpret the very clear teaching of Scripture to accommodate the fallible ideas of man that say the earth is old? Such reinterpretations undermine the authority of the Word of God.
That’s his position. He’s criticized the Discoveroids before — see Answers in Genesis vs. Intelligent Design. We get the impression that he truly despises the Discoveroids for being old-Earthers and for not being forthright about their biblical beliefs. That’s why he’s annoyed that WND dared to include one of them in the same article with one of his young-Earthers. His glorious message was diluted.
How are the Discoveroids handling the WND situation? So far they haven’t complained about any of the recent WND articles that have supported them, including the one yesterday that upset Hambo. To the contrary, they’ve just posted some praise for one of the articles that appeared in WND — we wrote about that article here: WorldNetDaily Promotes Stephen Meyer’s Book.
That was a WND “Exclusive” by Jerry Newcombe. But it wasn’t all that exclusive, because in praising his article, the Discoveroids didn’t link to WND. Instead they linked to the same article at a different website — you can see their post here: At Townhall, Jerry Newcome on Darwin’s Doubt.
It’s strange that the Discoveroids didn’t give WND credit for publishing that review. Well, at least they didn’t blast WND for including one of Hambo’s young-Earthers in the same story that quoted Casey. They seem happy for the publicity WND is giving them, but they’re keeping their distance.
It appears that if WND truly intends to gather all the disparate creationist flocks together, they have a lot more work to do. It may be an impossible task, because Hambo wants everything to go his way.
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