We noticed a remarkable coincidence today. First, at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — we find this: Merry Christmas from the Moon. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Fifty years ago today, on Christmas Eve, 1968, three astronauts — William Anders, James Lovell, and Frank Borman — orbited the moon on the Apollo 8 mission. They sent back a Christmas broadcast to earth that was heard by millions around the world. And their selected message paid tribute to the one who deserves all the glory and praise for what he has made — our Creator.
Yes, we know all about it. Then Hambo says:
Our friends over at Illustra Media and the John 10:10 Project have put together a short video featuring the original recording of the astronauts’ greetings from lunar orbit. They’ve graciously given me permission to share this video with you, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8:
The video from Illustra Media is available for viewing at Hambo’s post. He concludes with this:
I hope this Christmas you will take time to reflect on the One who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them and give him glory and praise.
But where’s the remarkable coincidence we promised you? Ah, for that we need to visit the website of the Discovery Institute. They posted “Merry Christmas from the Moon”: Recalling a Historic Anniversary. It has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
As sort of a holiday card in video form, our friends at Illustra Media offer this about the Apollo 8 and its famous Christmas Eve message of 1968, now almost exactly a half century ago:
It’s the same video Hambo posted! They both say “our friends at Illustra Media.” Who are they? Their name has come up a few times before. Here’s their website. It says:
Illustra Media produces internationally acclaimed documentary films that explore the scientific case for intelligent design in the universe. Working with the Discovery Institute and a team of scholars and scientists, Illustra has helped define the evidence for design in nature — and to expose the limitations of materialistic processes (including natural selection) that attempt to account for the origin and diversity of life on Earth.
Not only that, but as we mentioned in David Coppedge Trial: An Accurate News Story, Coppedge is on the board of Illustra Media. It was their DVDs he was handing out to his co-workers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which was one of the things that got him fired, generating the litigation we posted about a few years ago.
So what do we learn from this? Not much, but it’s another example of what we call the Great Creationist Coalescence (the GCC), which we last wrote about in Discoveroids and Hambo, Together Again. Make of it what you will, dear reader.
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