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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