Meanwhile, in Other News …

The Hambo-Nye debate is jamming all our news sweeps, which makes it nearly impossible to find anything else to blog about. But we’re going to give it a try. Here are a few items that our sensors detected during the past few days that are worthy of your attention.

First, in the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana we found this: Public cash to teach creationism. It says:

Indiana’s rapidly expanding voucher program, which funnels millions of taxpayer dollars into private schools, now funds some Christian schools that teach creationism or intelligent design. Laws and court rulings limit what the state’s public and charter schools can teach in science classes based on separation of church and state challenges. But the curricula of private schools that enroll voucher students haven’t reached the courtroom.

We’ve written about this problem in other states — for example, see Louisiana’s Creationist Voucher School Program. It seems that when the legislature makes taxpayers’ money available, all the filth and slime in the state will start grabbing for it and making sleazy deals with friendly lawmakers. That’s what makes politics such a respected occupation. One more excerpt from the Indiana story:

Students attending private schools received $81 million of state-funded vouchers for the 2013-14 school year, but it’s unknown how much goes to schools that teach creationism or similar doctrine. Five area Christian schools that confirmed students are taught creationism or intelligent design, or included curriculum information on their websites stating that they do not teach evolution, received a combined $3.9 million in state-funded vouchers.

That’s how it goes. If you want to get further depressed, read the whole story.

Now we’ll move on to the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky, in which we find From creationist to scientist; personal journey reflects debate hurdle for ‘science guy’. This is a fantastic article, and we think you should read it all. It’s by David MacMillan, who says:

I grew up steeped in creationism. I was homeschooled with creationist curriculum, my family took us to creationist conferences, and I was deeply proud that I knew the real story about evolution and the age of the Earth. I was taught there was absolutely no way the universe could be explained without creationism. Evolution was a fairytale based on faith; creation was good science.

[…]

My proudest teenage achievement was mowing lawns to earn $1,000 so I could help build the Creation Museum. My donation earned me lifetime free admission, a polo shirt and my name engraved in the lobby.

We wrote about an episode like that, but it probably wasn’t the same guy — see Ken Ham Gets a Quick $1K. Returning to the article in the newspaper:

On two occasions I even wrote featured articles for the Answers In Genesis website — a high honor for a teen.

I’m writing all this because I don’t know many people who were as far into the creation science movement as I was and came out of it.

Did you get that? This is a rare case of someone who saved himself from insanity. We know you’ll want to read all of it.

Our last item is from PhysOrg: Archaeologists pinpoint the date when domesticated camels arrived in Israel. No doubt you’re wondering why anyone should care when camels were domesticated in Israel. Don’t be so dismissive. Read a little bit from that article, and maybe you’ll agree with us that we’ll be hearing more about these beasts:

Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph, and Jacob. But archaeologists have shown that camels were not domesticated in the Land of Israel until centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs (2000-1500 BCE). In addition to challenging the Bible’s historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes.

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In all the digs, they found that camel bones were unearthed almost exclusively in archaeological layers dating from the last third of the 10th century BCE or later – centuries after the patriarchs lived and decades after the Kingdom of David, according to the Bible. The few camel bones found in earlier archaeological layers probably belonged to wild camels, which archaeologists think were in the southern Levant from the Neolithic period or even earlier.

When we add the bible’s retroactive camels to the evidence of an earlier Ark that was round, we don’t know what to think any more. So we’ve decided to stop thinking; from now on we’re going to rely entirely on faith. Everything should be much easier that way.

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8 responses to “Meanwhile, in Other News …

  1. Curmy confesses—

    “When we add the bible’s retroactive camels to the evidence of an earlier Ark that was round, we don’t know what to think any more.”

    That creationism involves a lot of humping in circles, maybe?

  2. Con-Tester says: “creationism involves a lot of humping in circles, maybe?”

    It’s chronological chaos! The bible has camels in use before patriarchs could have had them, and the Mesopotamians had a circular ark before the bible mentions the Flood. Where does this end? Next thing you know, someone will try to tell us that the Earth isn’t flat and it’s just another planet.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    Well, the domesticated camels, having larger humps, floated longer after dying in the flood, depositing themselves in a higher strata than wild camels, thus this is no surprise to creationists and is consistent with laying of animals by weight/hump size/antiquity/fur color.

  4. The MacMillan article was posted on Panda’s Thumb, too:
    http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2014/01/former-creation.html

  5. This is off-topic, but I found some things at Eye on ICR that are blissfully hilarious.

    First, EOICR cites a creationist “Theology Archaeology” who asserts

    The more I read about scientific books and articles, the more I get the idea that secular scientists are just playing a game with the general public. Their vocabulary is filled with words like, ‘atoms’, ‘neutrons’, ‘quarks’, ‘gluons’, etc., all of which have never been seen by any scientist at any time

    Declaring that origins came about the ‘natural’ way does not make it so. Piling up a column of evidence to support that declaration doesn’t make it so either. Evolutionary scientists are just playing with everyone because no matter how fancy their names for particles become, they still cannot verify their claims about a natural process or an outer space catastrophe…

    Scientists are making things up and many a believer is being led astray by a make-believe theory about a process that has never existed…

    Mwah! That’s the primo, Dom Perignon creationism, with fizzie bubbles in a tall glass! The color! The nose! The delicious taste! It tickled me so much that I went over to his website and diogenized him.

  6. And the other O/T item from Eye on ICR is this hilarious video from ICR showing them making a little promotional movie in a fake, fake, fake lab. Remember Ann Gauger, the ID proponent, who in a video was green screened in front of a stock photo of a 90’s era laboratory?

    Here the ICR has gone them one better, constructing an actual fake lab, with 3 flasks filled with blue and yellow food coloring, I kid you not. There’s also a big bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and a rack of test tubes, not just brand new and never used, but the kind of test tube that is NEVER used in mol. biol. labs. Mol. biol. labs either used much larger flasks (for growing E. coli) or much tinier ones (for enzymes and mutant strains.) The test tubes they’ve got here are the kind that people who’ve never been in a lab imagine that a lab ought to have.

    The fraud of creationism, she is bottomless.

  7. Stephen Kennedy

    David’s story is inspiring. As a medical doctor I can tell you that it is rare for someone who is as delusional as he was to fully recover their sanity and become a productive member of society.

    What a scum bag Hambo is. A kid works hard all summer and the turd that runs AIG cons him out of all of his earnings.

  8. Thanks for the link, Diogenes. I have added my two SRD. Because of moderation I, just to be sure, place it here too:

    “Their vocabulary is filled with words like, ‘atoms’, ‘neutrons’, ‘quarks’, ‘gluons’, etc., all of which have never been seen by any scientist at any time…”
    Not to mention things like gravity, electricity, magnetism and of course our favourite subject: evolution. What I see is things falling, convicts dying on chairs, horseshows attracting iron things and new species being formed. Who says these things have anything to do with gravity etc.? Just made up vocabulary! Scientists just playing with words!
    No, God does it. All the time. Period.
    Here, another fine example.

    http://iomikron.tumblr.com/post/47103891905/another-step-toward-understanding-the

    Science can’t even explain it! Are those silly scientists blind or something? This is obviously God’s hand sustaining those magnets! Or they would fall down, wouldn’t they?
    Checkmate, atheist scientists.