Creationist Wisdom #876: Genius in Ghana

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (they call it a “Feature Article”) appears at the website Modern Ghana, located in Accra. the capital of Ghana. They say they’re “Ghana’s leader in general news and information destination online.” The letter is titled Evolutionists, Check These, and they have a comments section.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got an author of some distinction. The letter is from Kwabena Ofori-Panin. We Googled around and found that he’s Executive Director of something called Living Education Aid, which is good enough for full name treatment. We’ll give you some excerpts from his letter, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

The evolution theory claims that a particular organism/creature could be affected by mutation (a beneficial deformity of sorts) setting them apart from their peers. This mutated one would outlive their peers till their peers are even exterminated, owing to the survival advantage of the mutation. That is how the simple life forms have developed from a simple ameba-like form through fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, apes, Neanderthals, to the now near-perfect human beings over billions of years!

That’s a poor description of natural selection, but let’s see where Ofori-Panin is going with this. He says:

If the mutations guaranteed the survival of the particular specie [sic], then it means the un-mutated ones of the group will be exterminated eventually. This also means that all earlier forms of life might either have mutated on to another advanced form or died off.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s not how it works at all! If it did, there would be no Tree of life — just a long thin vine with a flower on top. But you know that, so let’s see what else he tells us:

If this is the case then ameba, the star-fish and all would not be found in existence now. They are however very much around healthily living on like no man’s business, with the humans that they should have mutated and evolved into. Why is this so, Atheist/Evolutionists?

Ah yes, the appearance of a favorable mutation demands that all members of the species that don’t have it must immediately die. This is the kind of thinking that leads creationists to ask “Why are there still monkeys?” And in extreme cases, such as today’s letter, the question is “Why is there anything on Earth other than humans?” The letter continues:

On the claim of time/periods/epochs, how can billions of years be quoted with certainty? Is it not more a guess work or at best an estimation whose credibility is even less acceptable than historical facts (genealogy, places, events/festivals) that continues to date! Is the Middle East (where the creation account and the follow-ups happened) not exhibiting enough of these FACTS, to those who are genuinely seeking the TRUTH on Creation.

Ofori-Panin knows how to learn The Truth. Let’s read on:

What have been the mutations for evolution in our recent millennium? Albinism or humans with tails, one of which was removed from a teenager in India in 2016 or which? Or this generation will not be lucky to observe any if these are not examples of mutation for evolution? Or possibly the pigmies and giants among us could be taken as examples!

Ofori-Panin is in a big hurry to see significant mutations. He doesn’t realize that every act of conception involves numerous mutations — most of them of no consequence. Here’s his final paragraph:

Seriously speaking [Hee hee!], these anti-creation non-religious groups looking at the beauty, intelligence and design-appropriate aspects of the human being and other creatures, and are boldly saying that these happened by the “BANG” chance/accident! Or could it be that this chance/accident process is what some of you apply in your research, inventions and manufacturing now? If not, why not?

Wow! That was an ark-load of criticism. We don’t know about you, dear reader, but we’ve learned that creationism in Ghana is every bit as sophisticated as it is in the good ol’ USA.

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #876: Genius in Ghana

  1. Although I’ve never read an argument by a creationist that indicated they understood anything about evolution, this probably ranks among the least well informed.

  2. Michael Fugate

    trial and error is part of your research, inventions and manufacturing, no?

  3. “Beneficial deformity” is an oxymoron up there with “benevolent dictator”, or “Australian jazz”.

    But yeah: why haven’t star-fish mutated and evolved into star-fish man, who can regenerate lost limbs, and who doesn’t even need to wait millions of years for star-fish woman to evolve, but can reproduce asexually, without her, anyway? Oh, if only Star-fish Man were here to save us from the likes of Ray Comfort and his evil minions!

    Marvel Comics presents:

    Captain Echinoderm vs Cabal of Creationists

  4. It’s easier to find Australian jazz than a creationist who’s honest about evolution:

  5. @FrankB

    We’re a cruel lot, Australians. We export travesties like that jazz quintet, along with our creationists; and reserve our deadly spiders, snakes, crocodiles and box jellyfish for the tourists.

  6. Like many others this dude aint st00pid! It took a lot of brain work to get evilution this wrong!!! So he is being criminally ignorant to push his religious BS.

  7. ChrisS I would say that Aussies are being really intelligent as they export their worse and keep the deadly to make sure tourist don’t start crowding the place too badly. Sounds like good policies.

  8. Mark Germano

    The song FrankB posted is regarded as Bossa Nova, which is a mixture of Jazz and Samba. Not entirely fair to criticize for playing a song in the style it was intended. If it was played poorly, that’s another thing.

    But it does raise an important question: If Bossa Nova evolved from Samba, why is there still Samba?

  9. Thanks for calling that @Mark.

    As a HUGE Jazz fan, I was going “I don’t get the joke”.

    In the interest on educating the regulars here out of the dark ages of music….. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_jazz_genres

    🙂

  10. Mark Germano

    “Beneficial deformity” is an oxymoron up there with “benevolent dictator”, or “Australian jazz bossa nova”.

    So, maybe not played poorly, but after listening to this, it leaves a little to be desired.

  11. Kwabena the creationist boar. There is no such thing as a pigmie a non word you invent in your letter. Pygmies are an indigenous people who live in the Congo Basin and desert areas of central and southern africa. In Latin the word is from Greek pugmaios ‘dwarf’.

  12. @Mark Germano

    That’s more like it. I’ve strayed way off topic here, but the original joke-such as it was- was aimed not at jazz, but at Australian parochialism, or ersatz attempts at a great musical artform.

  13. Mark Germano

    @ChrisS

    I wasn’t trying to be pedantic; I was trying to slide in a joke, too.

    Anyway, I think your point stands: I played a bit of that Australian Jazz Quintet piece for a Brazilian friend. He just shook his head and walked away.