Rev. David Rives — Mutations

Without any warning, the Drool-o-tron™ startled us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). The Drool-o-tron™ had found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

Our computer was locked onto this headline at WND: Mutations not a good argument for evolution. Wowie — that’s what we always suspected!

The actual title of the rev’s new video is “Why You Should Believe in Creation and Not Evolution — Mutations.” He begins by telling us about how horrible random mutations are, and how they never do anything useful. In fact, they’re usually harmful. He gives actual examples. Mutations are unpredictable at best and can’t really accomplish anything — even given millions of years!

The rev is all dressed up for this one. He’s wearing one of his bible-boy suits with a red necktie. He’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! This video is longer than usual. It lasts for three full minutes, and it’s one of the rev’s best. Go ahead, click over to WND and learn something, for once in your sinful life.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You now the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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14 responses to “Rev. David Rives — Mutations

  1. Yippie yippie yay! The Good Rev made my day!

    Excellent rebuttal of mutations as presented in movies. Now please don’t start nitpicking that movies aren’t exactly representative for science; a rebuttal is a rebuttal.
    The fun begins with sickle-cell anemia. It relatively often occurs among Surinamese maroons. It’s well understood how come: it provides protection against malaria. Could it be that The Good Rev is slightly uninformed?
    If yes it doesn’t take him long to get at his usual stupidity. Fish with legs are impossible! Or not.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_fish

    I can’t wait for his take on natural selection.

  2. FFZ:
    DavidK on the thread on Still More Planets mentioned this site:
    http://qz.com/681059/why-the-discovery-of-earth-like-planets-could-spell-doom-for-humanity/?utm_source=YPL&ref=yfp
    After reading that, I was interested in the next article at the site, which was about job titles with the word “strategic”. It was about the uselessness of jobs which are just doing planning. What is needed is people who do things. And this led me to think of the uselessness of those who are “Intelligent Designers”, we need are not designers, but doers. Like evolution.

    Evolution, in particular, descent with variation (including mutations) and natural selection (and other mechanisms) is a proven doer, as applicant for the job for producing the variety of life.

  3. Damn him!!! And here I thought SpiderMan and the Xmen and SHIELD were all real! And now I find out that mutations don’t do any good!!!
    But that means all the evil villains are real!!!! As they do nothing good!!!!

  4. jimroberts

    Again I am unable to guess whether the rev is really as ignorant as he pretends, or whether he cleverly believes that his target audience is ignorant enough to be taken in by his (beware profanity filters) production of exudations like those of domesticated bovines.

  5. waldteufel

    I used to think that the rev was crazy and stupid, but lately I’ve settled on crazy — crazy like a fox. Like many professional creationists, he seems to know his target audience quite well: bible thumping, scientifically illiterate Christian fundies. All he has to do is spend a little time looking cute and blathering nonsense in front of a camera, and the dollars start rolling in. It’s easy work if you are morally bankrupt.

  6. Eric Lipps

    Let’s face it: creationism is a scam. “Intelligent design” in particular started out as a legal maneuver rather than a scientific theory—a maneuver designed to get around prior court decisions against teaching Genesis in public school science classes. Now it’s become a money machine, attracting cynical con men along with sincere crackpots. I’m not sure in which category the Rev. Raves, ahem, Rives belongs, but it hardly matters; whether he personally is a cynic or a kook, “rip off the rubes” has become at least as strong a guiding principle for the movement as a whole as “the Bible is always right.” As the saying goes, “A fool and his money are soon parted”—and grass-roots fundamentalists are parting with a lot of money to support this fraud.

  7. Creationism like all religions are a scam. Scams are pushed by con artists! And if nothing else con artist are NOT STUPID!!! Just very immoral and liars.

  8. Rives should buddy-up with Ham to cut overhead. He could produce his DVDs in a small corner of the Creation Museum, and move out of the trailers next to an abandoned gas station (now the Wyatt Archaeological Museum) off I-65 at Exit 27, St. Rte. 129 near Lynnville, Tenn. He could probably save $50/month! (Check it out on Google Maps).

  9. mnb0 stated my first thought re sickle cell and malaria. Mudskippers are another thing that the good Reverend would like his flock to ignore. I tend to agree that these folks are not ignorant per se but the are selectively ignorant, willfully ignoring anything that doesn’t neatly fit their blinkered vision. Is he preaching the gospel or lining his pockets? Seems pretty clear to me that his goal is the latter.

  10. If the rev is a normal human, he has roughly 75 mutations in his DNA. http://sandwalk.blogspot.com/2015/04/human-mutation-rates-whats-right-number.html
    I suppose that might prove his point that most mutations are harmful.

  11. Ed, if you read the whole article, that’s only one way to figure it, and probably not the best way. It ends up with the figure I had come across before — about 100 mutations per generation.

  12. I used to watch “Creation in the 21st Century”. Looks like now Rives put them on DVD and is selling them. This is brilliant. And now they are putting ads at the beginning of the Heaven’s Declare videos. Cha Ching!

    RSG: Seems there’s been some changes at Rives headquarters. Don’t remember the arch shaped structure or the carport.
    He’s a movin’ on up!

  13. @L.Long
    Creationism like all religions are a scam. Scams are pushed by con artists! And if nothing else con artist are NOT STUPID!!! Just very immoral and liars.
    Yes, but it seems to be a profitable business and never goes away as there’s a sucker born every minute who’ll eat up the scammers spiel.

  14. SC With the rev, it might be 150.

    You’re right about it most probably being around 100 / generation, but I like to err on the conservative side.