You will be deeply hurt by the latest post at the website of Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. And you deserve to be hurt!
Their article is Gorillas, Endangerment, and Evolutionary Morality, written by Brian Thomas. He’s described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. Here are some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us:
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) revealed their latest Red List of Threatened Species at their World Conservation Congress in Hawaii on September 4, 2016. There, thousands of scientists and celebrities discussed recently extinct plants and others nearing extinction, but the primate declines grabbed the headlines. Two of the three great-ape kinds are rapidly shrinking. Illegal hunting continues to diminish the now “critically endangered” gorillas and orangutans, while chimpanzees are listed as merely “endangered.” Why should these losses sadden those concerned?
Yeah — why are they sad? A quote from one of the conservationist explains it:
IUCN Director General Inger Andersen told IUCN News, “To see the Eastern gorilla — one of our closest cousins — slide towards extinction is truly distressing.”
Our cousins? Yuk! Brian Thomas ain’t no kin to no monkey! He says:
“Closest cousins” refers to the supposed evolutionary relationship humans and gorillas share by having descended from the same primate ancestor somewhere in the last ten million years. Therefore, in Director Anderson’s view, humans were not made by God in the image of God. Instead, mankind represents a less-hairy hominid that evolved from an unknown ape-like creature.
After ridiculing the conservationist, Brian tells us:
If we are all products of evolution, then what basis do humans have for real morality? Does Inger Anderson’s lament go beyond mere sentiment? On what evolutionary mooring would she base her great distress about great-ape extinction?
Yeah! Every creationist knows that evolutionists have no morality. Brian explains:
The Bible says God made humans in His image, and this includes our shared knowledge of good and evil — an intrinsic knowledge called conscience placed into humans from the beginning. But good and evil have no place in evolutionary thinking, which strictly embraces survival and sees death as a means for the best life forms to survive.
Evolution is really bad stuff, and Brian can’t stop beating up on the conservationist. His assault continues:
So on what moral basis does Ms. Andersen find extinction “truly distressing?” Extinction should cause concern. But that concern comes from a Christian view of the world in which God ordained mankind to care for His creation. Did the actual image of God, including the knowledge of right and wrong and deep-seated emotions like concern or distress, come out of Inger Anderson’s mouth in the same breath as her implicit denial of that very image?
Brian is really pounding away! But it’s a righteous pounding; the conservationist deserves it! This is from the end:
Why should illegally hunting endangered animals distress those who believe that the physical universe is all that there is? That mindset offers no answer beyond personal preference. In contrast, those who attribute lasting value to God’s creations have a real basis for concern.
So there you are, dear reader. Evolutionists are evil, and extinctions shouldn’t bother them at all. Only creationists like Brian can truly appreciate the wonders of creation.
Aside from that, we know the real reason creationists may be distressed at the prospect of great ape extinction. If there were no more of them, creationists could no longer ask: If we evolved from apes, then why are there still apes?
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