This is a good example of why we admire Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Take a look at what he just posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Squirrels Produce Squirrels (Just Some Have Black Fur). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A recent study [Scientists Figure Out Why There Are Black Squirrels All Over the United States] reports that 1% of squirrels in North America have black fur, instead of gray or red. This study found that the black fur is caused by a variant form of the same gene in both gray squirrels and fox (red) squirrels. They believe the most likely explanation is both squirrel species have this same variation because of interbreeding. Is this surprising?
Why is ol’ Hambo writing about this? Be patient, dear reader. All will be revealed. He says:
Well, both squirrel species belong to the same created kind, the squirrel kind (the family Sciuridae, which also includes chipmunks, marmots, and prairie dogs).
Ooooooooooooh! The squirrel kind! Then he tells us:
We know from the book of Genesis that organisms reproduce according to their kinds. There is great variation within a kind (because of the genetic variation already present in the DNA of each kind, put there by God from the very beginning), but one kind of organism will never turn into another kind.
That’s good to know. Hey — get this:
Our research [Creation science research!] shows clearly that in most instances, the word “kind” translated from the Hebrew word min corresponds to the “Family” level of classification.”
Fascinating! Hambo continues:
In the article, the author talks about supposed squirrel evolution [“Supposed” evolution!] and how these species share a common ancestor. And, indeed, they do — they share a common ancestor in the original created squirrel kind. Those representatives of the squirrel kind were given genetic diversity by God (including, perhaps, this gene variation, although it may also be the result of a mutation).
Wow — it might have been a mutation. Let’s read on:
Two of their descendants survived the global flood on the ark [the Flood!], and the squirrel species (as well as other members of this particular kind) that we see running and climbing around today highlight the diversity within the squirrel kind. But this has nothing to do with evolution in the molecules-to-man sense!
Got that? It has nothing to do with evolution! Another excerpt:
Squirrels don’t share a common ancestor with all other life on earth. No one has ever observed one kind changing into another kind. [He’s right!] And, of course, that’s because God created everything to reproduce according to its kind!
Powerful stuff, huh? And now — too soon! — we come to the end:
So, we don’t expect one kind to change into another kind, and we never observe that happening. What we see in observational science always confirms God’s Word.
That was wonderful. Hooray for Hambo!
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