WorldNetDaily: Evolution Exposed as a Lie!

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The Drool-o-tron™ was really calling to us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). We’ve described them as a flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.

The Drool-o-tron™ had locked our computer onto this headline at WND: Another blow to evolution fantasy. It was written by Joseph Farah, founder, CEO, and editor of WND. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

[T]he most exhaustive DNA barcoding research project, conducted by dyed-in-the-wool evolutionary scientists, examined 5 million gene snapshots of some 100,000 animal species and humans to determine how old their ancestors are and found they are no more than 200,000 years old, and the animals and humans appeared on Earth at the same time.

We know. We wrote about it more than a month ago — see Ken Ham Is Excited by New Research. Then Farah asks some hysterical questions:

Did you even hear about it? Was it even covered by the major media? Have you heard a peep out of Dawkins? Have you seen any legislative calls to treat the theory of evolution as just that – a theory in absolute crisis?

Wow! That’s a slight over-reaction. Here’s a link to the published paper which you can read without a subscription: Why should mitochondria define species? It was reported by EurekAlert: Far from special: Humanity’s tiny DNA differences are ‘average’ in animal kingdom, and also by PhysOrg — see Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution. They quoted Mark Stoeckle, one of the authors of the research paper:

“The simplest interpretation is that life is always evolving,” said Stoeckle. “It is more likely that — at all times in evolution — the animals alive at that point arose relatively recently.” In this view, a species only lasts a certain amount of time before it either evolves into something new or goes extinct.

Okay, back to Farah. He tells us:

Of course you haven’t [heard about it]. Because evolution is an article of faith, a religious tenet guarded scrupulously by America’s major cultural institutions, including the media, no matter how it continually fails to produce actual scientific evidence to support its claims.

Amazing, isn’t it? He continues to rant:

The findings weren’t published yesterday. They weren’t published last week or even last month. They were published in May. And, since then, I have been biding my time waiting to see what shockwaves it might eventually produce. The answer, sadly, is none.

No shockwaves? How shocking! Let’s read on:

Now, I know it’s hard to challenge beliefs that are deeply ingrained in people, inculcated practically from birth, reinforced in schools, torturously indoctrinated in colleges and universities, propagated by media and with dissenting views punished mercilessly. I get that.

He gets it. Another excerpt:

So, along comes a study conducted by true believers in evolution that produces actual scientific evidence that shocks them, evidence that actually comes closer to upholding the biblical account of Creation, and it’s like it never happened – some anomaly that can simply be ignored.

Farah goes on and on, but we’ve had enough. Well, dear reader, what do you make of it? Is Farah right? We await your opinion.

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14 responses to “WorldNetDaily: Evolution Exposed as a Lie!

  1. Farah is totally right. He’s a tekst book example of “it’s hard to challenge beliefs that are deeply ingrained in people etc. etc. …..”

  2. Stephen Kennedy

    This finding does not mean that all living
    organisms came into existence all at once 200,000 years ago. What it seems to indicate is that when two or more populations of the same species become genetically isolated, the time it takes the different animal groups to accumulate enough genetic mutations to be considered new species is about 200,000 years.

  3. Holding The Line In Florida

    @FrankB. Ditto, my thoughts exactly.

  4. Here is the article:
    https://phe.rockefeller.edu/news/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Stoeckle-Thaler-Final-reduced.pdf

    Farah got the name of the journal wrong (among other things.) “Bottleneck” would be less ambiguous than “origin.”

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    Wouldn’t 200,000 years also debunk YEC? Oops.

  6. Eric Lipps

    Apparently the folks at WorldNutDaily either refuse to read scientific journal articles carefully or just can’t do it. “At all times” implies an ongoing process, not one whereby all species appeared, whoosh! all at once.

  7. Dave Luckett

    One wonders what more Farah thinks a team of geneticists could do to publicise their results, other than to publish them in a professional journal and give interviews about them The reason why it was only idiots like him who ran out into the street with their hair on fire over this is because it’s not news. It’s fully consistent with a continuously evolving biosphere. What it’s not consistent with is a sudden week-long creation six thousand years back.

    You’d think that numbers simply didn’t matter. There’s no difference between six thousand and two hundred thousand, thinks Farah. He’s also completely oblivious to what “species” actually means, and has a mental picture that evolution means that a fish turned into a lizard. This misconception produces the standard retort of idiots when an example of observed evolution from the field is thrust under their noses: “It’s still just a fly, ain’t it?”

    But there. At least 90% of anticreationist activism consists of trying to correct what they think the Theory of Evolution says, not what fables they believe instead. Of rather, trying to tell the truth to others, for the genuine creationists will never let go of their fables, either kind.

  8. When creationists even bother to read scientific articles it is always to invent additional apologetics claiming the opposite of what the article actually says. The article in question does *not* state that all living organisms suddenly appeared 200K years ago, only that the modern forms date back to around that time. Note that WhorledNutDaily is also claiming that the Earth is much older than 6K years, but most of their readers are sufficiently dim that they would not be able to spot such an obvious contradiction.

    Decades ago an idiot Texas creationist (Mel Gabler[*], who basically worked for “scientific creationist”[sic] founder Henry Morris) unrolled a chart on the floor in front of a TV audience to show how science had “confirmed” that all life on the Earth had suddenly appeared just like the bible says. The chart was quite long, going back 4.5B years and the Cambrian was a thin line.

    Mel claimed that the thin line (covering at least 40M years) showed that all life had instantaneously appeared. An informed scientist calmly point out that the chart showed that the Earth was 4.5B years old, while Gabler’s boss Morris claimed that it was under 10K years old. Caught like a deer in the headlights in the obvious lie Gabler played dumb (his natural state) about what Morris claimed. The idiot Gablers were an influential part of the Texas Board of Education at the time.

    I brought up the Gabler’s antics because the WND is merely a replay of the same ultra-stupid creationist tactic. Creationists never learn because it is always against their religion to do so.

    * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_and_Norma_Gabler

  9. I’m shocked, shocked to discover another creationist who hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about.

  10. Farah comes across as a bit like Peter Finch in “Network”, bellowing crazily: I’M AS MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GONNA’ TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!

    Perhaps he speaks for all creationists.

  11. No, CharlesD, you get that one entirely wrong. It’s the other way round. Evolution Theory says that animals and humans did not appear on Earth at the same time. This scandalous because unchristian idea has been busted. So Evolution Theory is a lie. So those 200 000 years are a lie too. QED.

    @EricL: “Apparently the folks at WorldNutDaily either refuse to read scientific journal articles carefully or just can’t do it.”
    I’d say both.

  12. “Evolution Theory says that animals and humans did not appear on Earth at the same time.”

    Not sure what you might have been trying to say but as written the above sentence makes no sense (i.e. humans *are* animals).

  13. “humans *are* animals”
    How dare you! Do you want to spend eternal life in the Lake of Fire? Repent before it’s too late, you evilutionist materialist athiest nazicommie! For me it’s too late anyway, but you still have time to be saved!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law

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