From time to time we’ve seen hard-core creationists like Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — embrace the allegedly scientific dogmas of the Discoveroids — see, for example: Discoveroids and Hambo, Together Again. It’s what we call the Great Creationist Coalescence (the GCC), and now it’s happening again.
Hambo just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Are Creationists Trying to Stop “Sound Science Education”? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A blog appeared recently on the website for Americans United for Separation of Church and State titled, “Creationists Remain Hard at Work Trying to Block Sound Science Education.” It laments the tide of public opinion against evolution in the US and the way this influences how teachers present evolutionary ideas in the classroom. But I think headline should read instead, “AU Works Hard to Stop Every Student from Being Taught the Truth Regarding Evolution.”
Ol’ Hambo realizes that it’s hopeless trying to outlaw the teaching of evolution in state-run schools, so he’s arguing for a tactic of the Discoveroids: Teach the Controversy. He says:
AU [Americans United] is really a group (just like the FFRF [Freedom From Religion Foundation]) that bullies those who don’t agree with them, trying to impose their anti-God religion of evolution on all students. They want every child to believe they’re just animals and that life is ultimately meaningless (the logical outcome of an evolutionary, atheistic worldview). I thought I would address several of the misleading themes and statements made throughout the article.
Oh, goodie! This should be fun. Hambo tells us:
First, we need to challenge their claim that creationists don’t want students taught evolution. As we’ve said before, we don’t fight the idea of children learning about evolution (and we don’t even insist creation must be taught in school!) — but we want them to learn about evolution, warts and all. Sadly, the massive problems with evolution [Hee hee!] are rarely presented. Instead it’s taught as fact in most classrooms throughout the nation.
It’s a diabolical conspiracy! Hambo continues:
Here are just two of the many problems with evolutionary ideas:
Get reader, dear reader. The fun begins. This is evolution’s first problem:
Natural selection and mutations are said to be the driving forces of evolution. And yet neither of these observable processes can account for the brand-new traits that need to be gained to turn molecules into a man over time. There’s no known naturalistic process that can create brand-new traits. Such processes only act on the genetic diversity already present. That’s a huge, insurmountable challenge to evolution!
Ah yes, evolution can’t create new “information.” That’s another Discoveroid doctrine, and Hambo has previously embraced it — see Hambo Says Bacteria Don’t Evolve. Okay, here comes Hambo’s second problem with evolution:
The origin of life: the law of biogenesis tells us life always comes from other life. [Groan!] If evolution happened, this law had to be broken at least once. Now, many evolutionists get around this by saying evolution has nothing to do with the origin of life — that it’s a different issue. But without an origin for life, you can’t have evolution.
Evolution breaks the law of biogenesis — which exists only in the fantasies of creationists. It’s debunked in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Let’s read on:
And the truth is that, by far, the majority of teachers present evolution as fact to their public school students. Science textbooks used in these schools promote evolution as fact. Most teachers who reject evolution are afraid to even mention any of this, as they’re fearful they’ll be fired because of bullies like AU, FFRF, etc. AU is fearful that even one teacher somewhere might teach kids the truth about evolution — that it’s a belief not confirmed by observational science.
Yes, we all live in fear that someone might reveal The Truth™. Another excerpt:
My challenge to AU (as I gave to Bill Nye “the Science Guy”): name one technological achievement that requires belief in naturalistic evolution. There’s none!
*Groan* That’s another old clunker — see Ken Ham Says Evolution Is Useless. It’s debunked in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims: The theory of evolution is useless, without practical application. We should also mention that the technological achievements based on Genesis are, ah, somewhat elusive. Here’s more:
Students won’t fail to grow up to be scientists because they lacked evolutionary education, as the blog claims. Many of the greatest scientists of the past — including the likes of Sir Isaac Newton — were creationists and studied creation because of their love for and knowledge of God and his Word.
Everyone in Newton’s time was a creationist, but the work for which Newton is famous — like gravity and the laws of motion — have nothing to do with creationism. And now we come to the end:
Ultimately, the AU blog vilifies creationists because of a lack of a true understanding of the real issue. It’s not a battle of science vs. religion, or science vs. the Bible. The real issue is on a worldview level: whose authority will you trust? Man’s or God’s? Which foundation you choose determines how you interpret the evidence. The issue is a worldview battle!
That’s it, dear reader. And so we leave ol’ Hambo, as he raves and rants about the worldview battle. But we can’t help wondering: If there’s an inmate in some lunatic asylum who insists he’s Napoleon, should his claims be taught in history classes? And we also wonder: What do the Discoveroids think about Hambo’s adoption of yet another of their arguments?
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