Your Curmudgeon doesn’t like cats, but we’re not suprised at the opposite attitude at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
When we first decided to blog about this, we looked for an appropriate image to use — one of Ernst Stavro Blofeld stroking his cat, or Dr. Evil doing the same thing, or Vito Corleone. But we couldn’t find anything that didn’t have copyright restrictions, so you’ll have to use your imagination.
The title of AIG’s post is How Domestic Cats Came to Rule the World (at Least the Part I Live in). It was written by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, a creationist gynecologist. This is AIG’s bio page for her. She retired from gynecology in 1995 to devote her time to homeschooling her three children — and of course she writes for AIG. Here are some excerpts from her post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
October 29 was National Cat Day. International Cat Day is August 8, a day to celebrate the joys of owning — or being owned by — a cat. World Cat Day is February 17 throughout Europe and celebrated on March 1 in Russia. Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17 and Black Cat Awareness month is October. And for completeness sake, National Feral Cat day falls on October 16.
YUK! Then she says:
Cats — which inhabit almost every corner of my home — live on every continent except Antarctica. But it was not always so. When representatives of all air-breathing land animals boarded the Ark around 4,350 years ago, Noah’s historic collection needed only one pair of felines. They would not have been anything like modern domestic cats. That breeding pair contained the genetic information to produce the great variety of felines the world has seen since the Flood. That includes roaring lions and tigers and cheetahs (oh my!), the yowling feral cats in your neighborhood, and the indoor cats meowing on my quilts.
Isn’t this great? After that she tells us:
Animals reproduce and vary only within their created kinds, as described in the Bible and observed in biology. All the cat varieties we see today — big and small, cuddly and fierce — are descended and diversified from the cats on the Ark with Noah.
Only a hell-bound Darwinist would deny it. She continues:
After disembarking from the Ark in the mountains of Ararat, cats did their part to repopulate the earth. Cats, like all kinds of animals, were — according to God’s Word — originally created to be vegetarians. Carnivory began after Adam’s sin brought the curse of death and suffering into the good world God had created.
Yes, cats originally used their sharp teeth only for eating lettuce. Skipping some uninteresting material about the diet of today’s cats, we’re told:
Well equipped for survival, cats have reproduced and varied to produce dozens of species in a wide variety of sizes and temperaments. Darwinian evolution is not needed to understand the many varieties of cats in the world, because the genetic information to produce them has simply been reshuffled and selected from the information available in the post-Flood world’s single breeding pair of cats.
Right, no evolution required. Skipping some material about the domestication of cats, this is our last excerpt from near the end:
The colorful history of the domestic cat, filled in by the latest paleogenetic study, illustrates many fun facts for cat lovers. What it does not reveal, however, is anything about Darwinian evolution. That all cat species and varieties have descended from the representative pair on the Ark is consistent with biblical truth. … No new genetic information had to evolve to produce cats. God created it, in the beginning, and preserved plenty of it in the pair he brought to Noah before the Flood.
So there you are, dear reader. Original sin, Noah’s ark, ridiculously rapid speciation after the Flood — all of it, neatly proved by the cat. That’s all you need to know.
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