This is about something more difficult to imagine than any of the creationists’ bible tales. Take a look at this headline: International Creation Conference Returns.
Think about it. Repeat the words. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? Perhaps it will be easier to understand if we tell you that the author is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
As yes, now it’s starting to make sense. This is the sort of thing we’ve learned to expect from ol’ Hambo. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
It’s always exciting when new scientific research from a biblical perspective is presented.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We can’t stop now. Hambo says:
Well, every four or five years there’s a large creation conference for scientists and other biblical creationist researchers to do just that! And the 2018 dates have just been announced.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Let’s read on:
The International Conference on Creationism (ICC), a global event held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is going to be taking place July 29–August 1, 2018. This event is an outreach of the Creation Science Fellowship of Pittsburgh.
That group has a website, but we won’t link to it. However, Wikipedia has a short write-up on their quadrennial festivals — see International Conference on Creationism. Ol’ Hambo continues:
Many staff members here at AiG, with doctorate degrees in a variety of science and other fields, plan to attend the ICC and present their peer-reviewed research papers.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Their papers are “peer reviewed.” Here’s more:
You’ve probably heard the false claims of many secularists who say that creation research isn’t conducted and reviewed. This major international conference refutes that ridiculous falsehood. Of course, many secularists claim that if a person (even a person with a PhD) believes in creation, then he or she can’t be a real scientist! That’s the sort of prejudice and intolerance that exists in the secular world.
Prejudice and intolerance! You’re probably guilty of it, aren’t you, dear reader? Moving along:
One of our staff members has been highly involved in the ICC over the past 20 years. Dr. Andrew Snelling, AiG geologist (PhD, University of Sydney, Australia) and director of research, affectionately describes the ICC as the “geek gathering of creation scientists and informed laypeople who want to hear about or present the latest in creationist research. The ICC also allows the opportunity for connecting with other creationists.” By the way, Dr. Snelling has twice won ICC’s top award for technical research papers.
We’ve written about some of Snelling’s posts at the AIG website. They describe him as “Geologist, Speaker, Author, Researcher, Editor-in-chief of Answers Research Journal.” Regarding AIG’s “peer reviewed” journal, we previously wrote this:
[T]ake a look at the Instructions to Authors Manual for that prestigious journal. In the section on “Paper Review Process” it says:
The following criteria will be used in judging papers:
1. Is the paper’s topic important to the development of the Creation and Flood model?
2. Does the paper’s topic provide an original contribution to the Creation and Flood model?
3. Is this paper formulated within a young-earth, young-universe framework?
4. If the paper discusses claimed evidence for an old earth and/or universe, does this paper offer a very constructively positive criticism and provide a possible young-earth, young-universe alternative?
5. If the paper is polemical in nature, does it deal with a topic rarely discussed within the origins debate?
6. Does this paper provide evidence of faithfulness to the grammatical-historical/normative interpretation of Scripture?
That, dear reader, is creationist peer review. Here’s one last excerpt from Hambo’s essay:
The ICC organizers have already issued a call for papers for what will be the Eighth International Conference on Creationism. The overall theme for 2018 will be Developing and Systematizing the Creation Model of Origins. Our faculty are already considering what papers they might contribute in the next two years.
Hambo’s “faculty” are already working on their papers. What about you, dear reader? You don’t want to be left out of this event, do you? There’s still time, but you’d better get busy!
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