Ken Ham: Behold the Lizard

Don’t be misled by our title, dear reader. We’re not talking about Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Rather, this is about the latest post at the website of his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG). It’s titled Lizard Skin Highlights the Creativity of the Designer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The more we study God’s creation, the more we realize how complex and beautifully designed it is. I was reminded of this truth when I learned about how the drab brown or pearly scales of the juvenile ocellated lizard change to a green and black adult lizard “using a computer-like process,” according to recent research.

Hambo is talking about this: The scales of the ocellated lizard are surprisingly coordinated, which appeared in the late April issue of Science News. He tells us:

Like many creatures, the ocellated lizard changes colors as it gets older. But, unlike other creatures, individual scales can flip-flop on their color as the lizard ages, based on what’s called a “cellular automaton,” which is similar to some computer programs.

Hambo quotes a bit from that article and then says:

This is a really neat design for something as seemingly humble as lizard scales.

Okay, it’s “neat.” After that profound observation he tells us:

The detail and creativity God has put into every part of his creation should never cease to amaze us and drive us to glorify the Creator.

Indeed. Every time we see a lizard, we sink to our knees in dazed wonderment. Then Hambo lashes out at all those lost souls who believe in Darwinism:

How can anyone believe all this design happened by natural processes over the supposed millions of years!

Anyone who believes that secular nonsense is a fool! Hambo finishes his brief post with this:

No, the hand of our Creator God is so evident to all; anyone who doesn’t believe is without excuse [scripture reference].

Hambo is right. The lizard makes it so clear that no one except a hell-bound Darwinist can deny The Truth.

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10 responses to “Ken Ham: Behold the Lizard

  1. Derek Freyberg

    Dear SC:
    Why disclaim the title? – it’s so much more interesting than Hambo’s wafflings on reptilian scales.

  2. Eric Lipps

    Behold the Lizard!” Hmm. Sounds like a title for an old Spider-Man story.

    Seriously, why should anyone care that Ken Ham believes lizards are proof—proof, I tell you!—of the absolute literal truth of the Book of Genesis, when he thinks everything is? He just recycles the same old argument—“X is complex, therefore God created X exactly as in Genesis, Q.E.D.”—with only X updated. Yawn.

  3. Ceteris Paribus

    Ken Ham is enamored by the emergent sight of pixelated lizard scales as those creepy critters mature? Ha! Big deal, Ken.

    I recall my late high school days when I was enamored by the sight of a certain female swimmer/water polo athlete. Took me more than one semester to figure out how it could be possible that, while in the water, she sported an efficient, streamlined, pixie style hair cut. But the very next day after the event, she sat right there in the classroom with a chestnut brown braid that didn’t stop until well below her shoulder blades.

    Note to Ken Ham: Ken, give up on those lizard scales you are obsessed with. And spend more time on figuring on what it is that really drives evolution.

  4. Speaking of lizards, there are the whiptail lizards, the genus Cnemidophorus, which have species which have no males/ It is curious how they could have been taken on the ark, two-by-two, a male and his mate, when there are no males.

  5. Mark Germano

    Remember, that you and I don’t have scales that change colors is also evidence of design.

  6. Derek Freyberg

    @Mark Germano:
    Or lack thereof.

  7. Ross Cameron

    Somehow the idea of Hambo and lizards seem to blend together. Sorry, no offence intended lizards

  8. Dave Luckett

    Sigh. So the females mate with mature males with a vivid scale pattern which becomes more distinctive the longer they survive (thus advertising fitness), while immature males are far more difficult to see. I can’t imagine how this can possibly be explained by natural selection.

  9. @Dave Luckett
    And it is so clear how an Intelligent Designer would design things this way. And only in the ocellated lizards.
    Sigh.

  10. If its “individual scales can flip-flop on their color as the lizard ages”, perhaps it should be called the oscillated lizard?