Category Archives: Evolution

Creationist Wisdom #590: Evolution Is a Fraud

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin of Walla Walla, Washington. It’s titled Evolutionary frauds perpetuated on public. The newspaper has a comments section, but it looks like you need to sign in to see them.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Guillermo. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Wow! A new evolutionary human lineage based on nothing more than a partial jawbone, allegedly human! How many times are they going to trot out this evolutionary dead end before folks get fed up with being duped?

We assume he’s talking about this: Genetic analysis of 40,000-year-old jawbone reveals early modern humans interbred with Neandertals, which has been all over the news. Guillermo isn’t impressed. He says:

When it comes to religious zealotry, no one beats an evolutionary true believer. Evolutionists asserted that Piltdown man was an ancient ancestor of modern man.More than 400 doctoral degrees were awarded based on Piltdown man. None of those degrees was rescinded after the fraud was exposed. Talk about scientific integrity.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ve written about Piltdown Man here, and the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims has an entry on all those non-existent doctoral degrees. Let’s read on:

Next, we have Nebraska man. The scientific evidence consisted of a single tooth. Despite this paucity of evidence, public school science textbooks carried artistic depictions of not only the male tooth donor, but his female mate. Alas, the tooth actually belonged to an extinct peccary.

Aaaargh!! What textbooks has Guillermo been looking at? TalkOrigins debunks that too. Guillermo continues:

Then came Orce man. Discovered in Spain, it was claimed to be the oldest fossilized human bone ever found in Europe. Plans were made for a huge celebration with evolutionary luminaries from around the world in attendance. Alas, the bone actually came from a young donkey.

We never heard of that one. According to TalkOrigins, it’s a story told by Duane Gish about a briefly misidentified fragment — see Creationist Arguments: Orce Man. Guillermo declares:

These are just a few examples of evolutionary frauds perpetuated on the public by evolutionists in the past.

Yes, it’s just one fraud after another. Here’s more:

Yet, when Dr. Ben Carson (arguably the greatest neurosurgeon ever) declared for the presidency, the U-B [presumably the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin] failed to mention he is a young-Earth creationist who disdains evolution.

Carson is a very likable man, but alas, he’s a flaming creationist. The newspaper was being kind to Carson by not mentioning that, but Guillermo thinks it’s part of a conspiracy to suppress the evidence that a genius opposes evolution. Skipping to the end:

Could it be that evolution is really nothing more than a humanist religion based on the philosophical assumption that God does not exist and is not endemic to real science? Think about it.

So there you are. Guillermo has exposed us. Evolution is a total fraud. Now you know.

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Ken Ham’s Litigation: 02 July 2015 Update

One of our clandestine operatives works full time following the suit filed against Kentucky by Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). We first discussed the case here: AIG’s Complaint Against Kentucky. The last time we posted about it was Ken Ham’s Litigation: Kentucky Moves To Dismiss.

We were informed of two news articles about a recent court hearing. The first is in the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky (not far from ol’ Hambo’s Creation Museum). Their headline is: Ark park says it’s entitled to state tax break, and the newspaper has a comments section. Their story says, with bold font added by us:

An attorney for Kentucky argued Wednesday that Answers in Genesis is free to build a Noah’s ark theme park in Northern Kentucky but that state tax dollars cannot be constitutionally spent to advance the work of the “indisputably religious organization.” But a lawyer for Answers in Genesis said it is an act of religious discrimination for the state to say that its tax incentive program to lure tourist developments is open to any applicants “except evangelicals.”

Right, that’s what the case is all about. Then we’re told:

The lawyers clashed in U.S. District Court in the first court hearing of a lawsuit brought in January by Answers in Genesis against Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart charging that the officials violated its right of religious expression by denying the project state tax incentives. Beshear and Stewart have asked the case to be dismissed. Answers in Genesis wants an immediate ruling allowing it to participate in the incentive program.

Ah, it was the first hearing. We knew a lot of pleadings have been filed, but it’s good to learn that we haven’t missed any court activity. Let’s continue:

U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove challenged each side with questions during the two-hour hearing but gave no indication of when he will rule.

Suspense is good! Here’s more:

Van Tatenhove said at the outset that Answers in Genesis seems to be a “decidedly Christian” organization working to draw more followers to its particular beliefs. Yet the judge also said the state law creating the incentive program seems neutral toward what type of tourist attraction can qualify so long as it generates an economic benefit for the state. … He asked if the state didn’t dig beyond the law’s requirements to ask if the project involves “too much Jesus.”

Huh? That question doesn’t sound neutral. Here’s the state’s response:

But Virginia Snell, a Louisville attorney representing the state officials, said that, regardless of the wording of the state law, the state is bound to respect the mandates in the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions to separate church and state. Snell said it became clear from Answers in Genesis’ website postings and other actions since its first application that the project had become more religious in nature and that the organization also intended to discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring for the project.

Right. That’s the issue. Hambo’s lawyer was ready for that:

Mike Johnson, a Louisiana attorney and member of the Louisiana state legislature who represents Answers in Genesis, said the ark will be “an entertainment facility” and not a place of worship. “The state went too far,” Johnson said. “… It’s not the state’s place to meddle in what’s too religious.”

Let’s turn to the second news story. It’s in the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky, which is the second-largest city in the state. There we read Noah’s ark developer seeking lost Kentucky tax incentive. They have a comments section too.

You already know most of the news, so we’ll only give you a few excerpts from their story, with bold font added by us:

Kentucky tourism officials have said the massive wooden ark would be an evangelism tool and shouldn’t receive tax dollars. “They want all comers to believe what they believe — which is fine — but we don’t have to fund it,” said Virginia Snell, a Louisville lawyer representing the state in the case.

Way to go, Virginia! Here’s more on the Judge’s remarks:

Van Tatenhove noted during a hearing Wednesday that the state’s tourism incentive is “content neutral,” meaning it doesn’t matter if an applicant for the sales tax rebate has a religious purpose. “There is a public purpose here, and it’s tourism,” said Van Tatenhove, whose ruling in the case is expected at a later date.

We can’t tell from that if the judge is confused, biased, or just trying to be fair to both sides. Anyway, there’s nothing else new in the story, so this is where we’ll leave it. Now we have to wait for the judge’s ruling on the state’s motion to dismiss Hambo’s complaint.

As we’ve said before, motions to dismiss are routine, and in all likelihood this one will be denied and the litigation will continue. Stay tuned to this blog!

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Jack Chick Free Fire Zone

Good ol’ Jack Chick was born in 1924, so it’s understandable that his output has been slowing down. New comics are showing up at a very slow pace. The last time we wrote about one was six months ago: Cosmic History from Jack Chick.

As you know, Chick is the world’s greatest theologian, philosopher, illustrator, communicator, and creationist. He is also the purveyor extraordinaire of the most mindless, theologically primitive version of raw, young-Earth creationism that can be found anywhere. He makes ol’ Hambo look like a moderate. When Chick puts out a new comic book, it’s an important event.

Today there are two — yes, two! — new comics you can see at his website. The first is And It Was Good! It’s all about Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden — their creation and fall. This is the true history of the world, dear reader, so you don’t want to miss it. Chick also mentions an especially important lesson — when Eve was created, we are reminded: “Note that God brought Eve, not Steve.”

The second one isn’t about creationism. It may not even be new, although it’s announced as such, but it has a copyright date of 1993. It’s The Thief, who breaks into a house and the godly homeowner saves him from the consequences of his sins.

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of Jack Chick. If you haven’t yet seen his other comics, you can read them online using the links in this post: Creationist Comic Books. They’re classics — especially Big Daddy?

That’s all the news we could find this morning, so we’re declaring this to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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When You’re Feeling Lonely …

Here’s something you may want to try. We found it at the PhysOrg website: Solitude breeds despair: Worm injects sperm into own head. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

From the shooting of sperm darts to post-coital cannibalism, there is not much that surprises researchers into the weird ways of animal sex.

And it’s all good! But here’s something new:

[O]n Wednesday, biologists said they have witnessed a behaviour so weird that it warrants scientific mention: a creature which procreates by jabbing a needle-like “penis” into its own head.

Glory to the intelligent designer! Want more information? Sure you do. Here it is:

The bizarre beast is a microscopic, water-dwelling flatworm dubbed Macrostomum hystrix, a team reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. And they theorised it may have evolved the unconventional method of self-impregnation in order to procreate “under conditions of low mate availability.”

The paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B is here: Hypodermic self-insemination as a reproductive assurance strategy, but unless you have a subscription you can only read the abstract. Back to PhysOrg:

M. hystrix is a transparent worm about one millimetre (0.04 of an inch) long — a hermaphrodite with both male and female reproductive organs. Normally, they exchange sperm with others of their kind using a needle-like protrusion called a “stylet”, which pierces the partner’s outer body membrane in a method known to scientists as “traumatic wounding”.

A “stylet” — we like that! Here’s more:

But when sex partners are scarce, it seems, these worms can turn their stylets, located in the tail section, on themselves.

We don’t see anything wrong with that. One more excerpt:

The findings indicated that when deprived of a mate, M. hystrix self-injects sperm “including or even exclusively into their own head region,” said the team. The sperm migrates from there to the site of fertilisation in the centre of the tiny body.

So there you are. Now go forth, and do thou likewise.

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