It’s written by Terry Mortenson. He’s a “researcher for Answers in Genesis” who allegedly has “a Ph.D. in the history of geology from the University of Coventry in England and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago.” Today’s article is his response to a radio interview by Daniel Phelps, whom he describes as “one of Kentucky’s most vocal critics of AiG and the Creation Museum.” That may be so, and it’s understandable. Phelps graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1984 with a BS in Geology, and in 1990 with an MS in Geology. He is founder and President of the Kentucky Paleontological Society.
The radio interview which has inflamed Mortenson was aired shortly before the Nye-Ham debate. Mortenson writes, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
As a lead-up to the Ham-Nye debate, the radio discussion encompassed the question “Is teaching creation to children harmful to them and to our society?” Of course, Mr. Phelps answered with a strong “yes!” saying that kids who are taught creation won’t be able to think correctly about science and to contribute to technological advances needed in our society.
As you can imagine, AIG doesn’t like that kind of thing, and what follows may be one of the biggest Ark-loads of creationist nonsense ever unloaded into one essay. We can’t excerpt too much of it, but we’ll give you a sampling. If you like to wallow in such material, then this is what you’ve been looking for, and you will certainly click over there to read it all. Okay, here we go:
[A]ccording to recent polls, about 45 percent of Americans say they believe in creation. Most of them are very productive contributors to society and many of those 45 percent are scientists in such fields as chemistry, physics, engineering, medicine, etc.
How many creationists are scientists? A few hundred at most. Even including engineers and physicians, it’s still less than 1,000 according to the list assembled by the Discoveroids — see A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism. Compare that to approximately 3.5 million scientists and engineers (physicians not included) working in the United States according to the National Science Foundation. See How Large is the U.S. S&E Workforce? Let’s read on:
But what is harmful to kids and to society is to brainwash children with evolution by allowing them to hear only the arguments and “evidence” supposedly proving the theory of evolution and never the scientific evidence and arguments against it. It is harmful to kids and society because evolution teaches kids that they are just animals in a world controlled by the principle of “survival of the fittest.” That means that there is no purpose or meaning to life and no moral absolutes.
Yes, we’re all just rutting around. Oook, ooook! He continues:
We are seeing today the moral catastrophe that evolutionary thinking has produced in America, Great Britain, and Western Europe that once were so powerfully and positively influenced by biblical Christianity.
Good point! We all miss the Spanish empire. Their gentle influence in the New World was exemplary. What else does Mortenson have to say? How about this:
Even though evolutionists have controlled science education in America for decades, American students have been scoring increasingly lower in science exams compared to students in many other countries. Why?
Uh, maybe we should teach more creationism, so we can catch up with all the creation scientists pouring out of Europe and Japan? Here’s more:
When kids are taught solid creation science arguments in Christian schools or at home (which happens in only a minority of Christian homes), they learn to think critically, which is good for their intellectual and academic development, and which produces good scientists and creative, industrious, morally upright workers in other sectors of the economy and culture as well.
Throwing up yet? Ah, that’s good! Moving along:
During the radio interview Mr. Phelps made the typical evolutionist accusation that creation scientists are not real scientists who do real science because they don’t publish in the secular peer-reviewed literature. This is a totally bogus and ad hominem argument.
Then he gives a list of a few creationists who work in the sciences. What he doesn’t point out is that their science work — such as it may be — has nothing to do with anything in Genesis, or anywhere else in the bible. Somehow those people are able to keep their creationism out of the lab. Another excerpt:
There are many other creation scientists with post-graduate degrees. The Creation Research Society has over 700 members with an MS or PhD in the hard sciences and working in their fields. Many of them have also published in peer-reviewed secular scientific journals, so they are certainly well qualified in their fields. But they don’t publish their research containing clear creationist implications in such journals because they will be rejected out of hand by the editors simply because they are creationists.
Woopie — seven hundred! Again, compare that to 3.5 million scientists and engineers working in the US. We exerted ourselves and did the math for you. Creationists are .0002 of the total. Impressed?
Then he drones on and on about discrimination. Yes, it’s terrible! He says:
As a result more and more important observational results are simply not being published in the journals in which one would habitually look for such results. The referees themselves, with the aid of compliant editors, have turned what was originally a helpful system into a chaotic and mostly unprincipled form of censorship.
Okay, that’s enough. Mortenson promises that there will be a second part of his article. We can’t wait!
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