James Tour at the Jack Chick Website

Three years ago we wrote James Tour: Creationist Organic Chemist. We discovered him because he was being praised at Pat Robertson’s website. Tour is one of the courageous signers of the Discovery Institute’s Scientific Dissent From Darwinism, which we described here. This is his writeup at Wikipedia: James Tour.

Then he was being praised by Bruce Chapman, founder of the Discovery Institute, whom we affectionately call “Chappy,” so we wrote Bruce Chapman Defends James Tour.

You might think that’s enough glory for one man, but for Jimmy Tour it just doesn’t stop. He keeps attracting praise from the most interesting people. In one of the rare updates to the Jack Chick newsletter, we found: World-Famous Chemist Says Peers Hide from Explaining Evolution! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Professor James M. Tour is one of the ten most quoted chemists in the world. He holds three professorships at Rice University, authored hundreds of scientific publications and his name is on 36 patents. He and 700 other scientists, affiliated with the Intelligent Design movement, took a “courageous step” in 2001 and began writing of their skepticism of “random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.” In the worldview of the universe of godless evolution, this was rank heresy.

Heresy! Then the Chick newsletter says:

Tour has made it a practice to quietly poll top scientists in private: Nobel Prize winners and members of the National Academy. What he discovered exposes how deeply Satan’s claws have penetrated our modern education system. Dedicated sinners need a system of lies to believe when they choose to resist God’s truth. Evolution is one of these lies, and is the godfather of many others. As these lies burrow deeper into our culture, the very foundations of civil society begin to crumble.

Frightening indeed! After that we’re told:

Evolutionists distinguish between what they call “microevolution” and “macroevolution.” … Tour agrees that microevolution is common, sometimes helped along by plant and animal breeding to enhance the desired characteristics. But, as he questioned colleagues in his rarified academic atmosphere, he concluded that there is no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution.

Professor Tour went so far as to offer on his website to buy lunch for anyone who claimed to understand macroevolution so they could explain it to him. So far he has no takers.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Maybe no one wants to have lunch with the guy. The Chick newsletter continues:

When he polled many of his peers in Physics and Chemistry departments, he had to do it in private because they dared not publically [sic] admit any skepticism on the subject. So powerful are the politics of the universities that job security depends on staunchly carrying the Evolution banner.

[…]

This is only one illustration how far our schools have come from institutions of “learning,” to propaganda mills indoctrinating impressionable, trusting students with Satan’s backpack full of lies.

One last excerpt:

Bible believers must recognize that this is just part of the ongoing war between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness in the last days. We must suit up for the battle, strengthen our own troops with heavy doses of the Truth, and circle the wagons around those who are young in the Lord, especially our children.

So there you are, dear reader. Evolution is at the center of the war between God and the Devil. Which side are you on?

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20 responses to “James Tour at the Jack Chick Website

  1. Christine Janis

    “He holds three professorships at Rice University,”

    WTF??? That just means that he’s associated with three different departments, right? I know creationists imagine that the more PhDs somebody has, the more learned they are (as if real experts spend their time collecting a diversity of PhDs), but a collection of professorships?

    “Professor Tour went so far as to offer on his website to buy lunch for anyone who claimed to understand macroevolution so they could explain it to him. So far he has no takers.”

    Ahem. See here
    http://lamp-of-diogenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/james-tour-and-intelligent-designs.html
    and here
    http://sandwalk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/a-chemist-who-doesnt-understand.html

  2. I thought the Discovery Institute denied being creationist. So what’s DI’s founder doing praising a flat-out Biblical creationist, even if he does have a claim to being a scientist?

  3. This is only one illustration how far our schools have come from institutions of “learning,” to propaganda mills indoctrinating impressionable, trusting students with Satan’s backpack full of lies.

    I have only one question: where can one buy this Satan’s backpack of lies? Seems to be the penultimate in designer attire.

  4. The only places where a professor need be afraid are religious colleges without tenure, like Liberty University. Academic freedom just doesn’t exist there.

  5. Mark Germano

    “What he discovered exposes how deeply Satan’s claws have Santa Claus has penetrated our modern education system.”

    That’s better.

  6. Whenever an academic is confused about evolution, don’t look where he got his PhD, just look where he spends Sunday morning.
    Does anyone know of an example of an evolution skeptic that isn’t mired in some sort of evangelical or religious mental entanglement?

  7. @Christine Janis
    Thank you for the interesting and informative links.

  8. I don’t think anyone would be surprised that when he “polled many of his peers in Physics and Chemistry departments” he couldn’t find any that could explain macroevolution. He should try a Biology department. Oh, and Erik John Bertel, if you discover where to get one of those Satan backpacks, let me know — I’d like one too.

  9. Michael Fugate

    It would be nice to know what he wants explained and at what level; macroevolution is pretty vague.

  10. Does anyone have an example of an explanation of the hierarchy of biological taxonomy, the “tree of life”, which does not involve common descent with variation?

  11. Jim Tour taught me organic chemistry when I was an undergraduate. Mine was his first class after being on probation for failing over half the students in his previous classes. He always put bible verses at the top of each test such as:
    “They cried for help, but there was none to save, Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.” Psalm 18:41
    The average score on his tests was a 35.
    Proving for me (once again) that religious people can be huge A-holes.

  12. Michael Fugate

    Tour claims he has spent more time studying the Bible than any other thing – including chemistry. No wonder he can’t be bothered to learn about evolution.

  13. Charles Deetz ;)

    I thought creationists invented macroevolution. Which would be why scientists can explain it. And can creationists even do it … when does a series of incremental changes become too impossible to happen and god’s intervention is needed?

  14. The whole truth

    Tom B said: “Proving for me (once again) that religious people can be huge A-holes.”

    Yep, A-holiness is next to godliness. 😛

  15. ‘Satan`s claws’? Is he/she/it some kind of vulture? No doubt abour it, creos love colourful language. Pity they don`t love the truth.

  16. ‘Evolutionists distinguish between what they call “microevolution” and “macroevolution.”’

    Anyone who says that has never even spoken to an evolutionary biologist. That categorization is a creationist invention that real scientists don’t use.

  17. The distinction between macroevolution and microevolution is that macroevolution includes speciation, according to those scientists who make a distinction between microevolution and macroevolution. See the Wikipedia article on “Macroevolution”.
    Creationists who accept microevolution say that macroevolution would cross the boundary between “kinds” (AKA “baramins”), and the creationists reject that as a possibiity. A kind, for them, is generally a larger taxon than a species, and the creationists accept speciation by microevolution. Generally, the “kind” is something larger than a genus, something like a taxonomic family. The creationists invented the term “kind” to accommodate Noah’s Ark to hold two (or seven) of each “kind”, as the huge number of species would clearly be impossible. There are also enough observations of speciations to make it difficult to deny the reality.

  18. Yes, @Christine Janis, thanks for the links.

    That picture of Tour at Sandwalk makes him look like one of Madame Tussaud’s lesser efforts. Brrrrr!

  19. “Professor Tour went so far as to offer on his website to buy lunch for anyone who claimed to understand macroevolution so they could explain it to him. So far he has no takers.”

    Professor Tour already owes lunch to enough commenters here, so I’m not going to chime in with another explanation of macroevolution.

    But I will offer a couple more reasons besides SC’s why he has no takers.
    1) No one reads his blog.
    2) Everyone who knows Tour knows he brown bags it.

    Frankly, though, I think SC has the correct reason — “Maybe no one wants to have lunch with the guy.”

  20. Michael Fugate

    Who likes Jack Chick tracts with their lunch?