There’s no doubt — despite their constant denials — that the Discovery Institute promotes creationism, but we never thought things would go this far. Take a look at the latest post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: In the Beginning: Male and Female. It’s yet another example of the Great Creationist Coalescence (the GCC) of various creationist outfits. The last one we wrote about was Ken Ham Adopts Another Discoveroid Doctrine.
The title of the Discoveroids’ post suggests things we’ve seen at other creationist websites — for example: Answers in Genesis: Sex Didn’t Evolve. At the time, we suggested that ol’ Hambo’s creation scientists were getting their information from the ultimate creationist, Jack Chick. We said:
Wait a minute! Haven’t we seen that argument before? Oh yes, we saw it (and rebutted it) in April of last year. See Jack Chick: Sex Is Evolution’s Nightmare. Perhaps it was Jack Chick’s website that inspired AIG.
The same thing can be said about the Discoveroids’ latest post. It was written by one of their seemingly vast number of new contributors, a physician named Howard Glicksman, about whom we’re told: “Dr. Glicksman practices palliative medicine for a hospice organization.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Everyone knows that a human being is either male or female.
Note how the good doctor has put those two technical terms in italics. Then he says:
But what most people do not know or appreciate is how the body decides whether to make male or female parts. Although a given person’s survival does not depend on having the right parts for reproduction, we all know that without adequate sexual function human life would be impossible. Moreover, as difficult as it may be for evolutionary biologists to explain the development of the different organ systems and the body’s ability to control them to survive within the laws of nature, because of how human reproduction takes place, they must also explain the simultaneous development of both males and females since neither is of any use for survival without the other.
That’s exactly the dilemma that was pointed out in the article at Jack Chick’s website, which told us:
Believers in evolution have no reasonable explanation for the origin of either male or female organs. Compounding their problem is the fact that both males and females would have to have popped up in the same generation, complete with the correct organs that fit each other and were capable of reproduction!
Returning to the Discoveroid post, we see the same theme presented:
Let’s look at the structures each sex must have to reproduce and how the body decides which ones to develop. The word sex comes from the Latin secare which means to separate or divide. Each of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes are separated from each other and placed within gametes called male sperm and female eggs. Human reproduction requires that the 23 chromosomes in the sperm be joined to the 23 chromosomes in the egg to form a new human being. The natural way this takes place is through sexual intercourse.
Again, we see that the Discoveroid author puts the technical terms in italics. That’s very helpful. He then goes on for several paragraphs, describing the development of the fetus and its sexual organs. It’s stuff you should have learned in high school, so we’ll skip it — although when we were first reading it, we kept wondering why the Discoveroids were bothering to publish this material. That becomes apparent near the end, when the good doctor says:
To paraphrase Stephen Meyer in The Information Enigma, different cell types require different proteins, different proteins require different genetically encoded instructions, and different instructions requires information that all human experience teaches comes from a mind and not material processes.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — information! [*End Drool Mode*] See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. This is the good doctor’s last paragraph:
The absence of any one of these results in either female parts or sterile male parts — and the survival of the human race hangs in the balance. Yet at birth and for many years afterward, human beings are incapable of participating in reproduction. What happens to change that? That’s what we’ll look at next time.
We’re all looking forward to the good doctor’s next essay. Meanwhile, we’ve seen the — ahem! — evolution of the creationist view of sex, which started with Jack Chick, was then adopted by ol’ Hambo, and is now embraced by the Discoveroids. Sex is a gift from the intelligent designer — blessed be he! This clearly demonstrates that when you cut through the mumbo-jumbo, they’re all alike. The Great Creationist Coalescence continues.
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