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Creationist Wisdom #726: Mark Looy

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas. The letter is titled Creation Museum. It’s the first of a few letters at that link. The newspaper has a comments section, but they probably won’t all apply to the letter that interests us. Anyway, there aren’t any comments yet.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a special situation. The letter is from Mark Looy, who signs as “chief communications officer, Answers in Genesis.”

As you know, Answers in Genesis (AIG) is the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, but also for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. We’ll give you a few excerpts from Looy’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:

It’s amazing how many wrong claims were made about our organization in such a short letter to the editor (Oct. 7).

This is the earlier letter Looy is talking about: Creationism. It’s brief enough that we’ll quote it all right here:

Those who believe that creationism is a science will want to visit Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Creationist Ken Ham, who believes he is scientist, has built (with taxpayer dollars) a replica of Noah’s Ark. Ham figures that dinosaurs and humans lived peacefully together with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He proves this by his display of the first family with a Brontosaurus. The kids will be thrilled to know that Triceratops wore riding saddles!

Looy is outraged! He says:

First, our life-size Noah’s Ark south of Cincinnati was built with zero taxpayer dollars.

Well … technically, the taxpayers didn’t literally write a check to build Hambo’s ark. But Answers in Genesis got a good deal from the county when they purchased the land on which the ark is built (reportedly 99 acres for $1), and a nearby city cooperated by issuing tax-free bonds to finance the ark’s construction. The bond sale certainly wasn’t hurt by the promise of state sales tax rebates which would be paid to the operator of the ark. There were other goodies too — see Newsweek Story on Hambo’s Ark and also A Summary of Ark Park Financial Gimmicks. Anyway, after that Looy tells us:

Second, Ken Ham, the Ark Encounter’s founder, does not claim to be a scientist, although he has hired several scientists for our staff who hold Ph.D.’s from places like Harvard, Brown, Ohio State, Indiana and Vanderbilt. At the same time, Ham has more scientific training than someone like Bill Nye, the so-called “Science Guy.”

Your Curmudgeon could say a great deal about that paragraph — but we won’t. We don’t need to. Looy continues:

No museum exhibit exists in our Creation Museum of a Triceratops with a saddle on it; that’s an old Internet myth.

Myth? Looy is opposed to myths? Hambo himself wrote that “we do have one sculptured dinosaur with a saddle … used for a fun activity for kids to climb on and have their photographs taken” — see Dinosaurs and Saddles. He’s even got pictures! So a saddled dinosaur does exist at Hambo’s museum, but it isn’t an exhibit — it’s an attraction. Maybe Looy will escape the Lake of Fire for saying that no such “museum exhibit exists.”

Okay, back to the letter. It ends with this:

I doubt the letter writer, who wants to come across to readers as knowledgeable about us, has ever visited our museum or Ark.

So there you are. Hey — if you want to read a great article by someone who really did visit Hambo’s ark, we recommend Kentucky Gets an Ark-Shaped Second Creation “Museum” by Dan Phelps, President, Kentucky Paleontological Society. It appears at the website of our friends at the National Center for Science Education.

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WorldNetDaily on Columbine, Hitler, and Darwin

Buffoon Award

Remember the Columbine High School massacre? Sure you do. And of course, creationists blamed it on Darwin — see Discovery Institute: Columbine Was Darwin’s Fault! This is in accordance with our recently announced insight:

When a creationist is confronted with evidence and thinks about its cause, his conclusion will be derived from a limited set of possibilities which he knows are the cause of everything: (1) the curse of Adam & Eve; (2) the Flood; (3) a miracle; (4) the devil; or (5) Darwinist fraud.

Today we have an opportunity to revisit the Columbine affair, thanks to the Drool-o-tron™. It alerted us with its blaring sirens and flashing lights, which compelled us to look at the blinking letters of its wall display — they said WorldNetDaily (WND). As you know, WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.

The faithful device had locked our computer onto this article: See Columbine’s link to Darwinism. It’s labeled “WND EXCLUSIVE.” Wowie — you can’t find this information anywhere but at WND! We know you’re eager to learn what the article says, so we’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us.

First they talk about some film, the title of which we won’t mention, after which they say:

Based on Harris’ own journal, and as depicted in movie clips given exclusively to WND, Harris, along with Dylan Klebold [the Colombine killers], found justification for their diabolical plans in Charles Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theology.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Then WND says:

A case has been made in the movie and by a few researchers that the evil embraced by the killers was not simply the product of a “Goth” lifestyle or an alienated, tortured youth. “It’s good that the movie is filling in details that the media overlooked,” apologetics author and university professor Nancy R. Pearcey told WND in an email. “If anything, I wish the movie had pressed even harder on the role that worldviews play. People are influenced by what they believe is true.” Pearcey adds, “From Harris’ journals, there cannot be any doubt that he was a thoroughgoing disciple of Darwin, and saw his own behavior as acting out Darwinian principles.”

Nancy Pearcey? We remember that name. She’s a new Discoveroid “fellow” who teaches at Houston Baptist University — see Discoveroids: Gimme That Old-Time Theocracy, and also Discoveroids: Evolution Is Self-Refuting. Because WND is quoting a Discoveroid, this is yet another example of what we’ve been calling the Great Creationist Coalescence (GCC) of various creationist outfits. Okay, back to the WND article:

In a scene in the movie showing Harris in Columbine’s high school cafeteria, he says, “Get rid of all the fat, retarded, crippled, stupid, ignorant, rich, worthless people in this world. No one is worthy of this planet. Only me and who I choose. Everyone should be sent out into space, and only the people I say should be left behind.” Harris also was a follower of Nietzsche, who concluded that humans were “evolving to the next stage in evolution, the Super Man,” Pearcey said.

Obviously a Darwinist. After that, WND tells us:

She [Pearcey, the Discoveroid] gave another example of like-minded thinking by referencing the Leopold and Loeb case, which was “one of the most celebrated criminal cases of the twentieth century,” involving two college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy for pure sport. “What influenced them? At least one of the students had been influenced by the philosopher Nietzsche, who in turn was influenced by Darwin’s concept of survival of the fittest,” she said. “The murderers conceived of themselves as the fittest, who would prove their superiority by committing ‘the perfect crime.’

“Who was the defense lawyer in the case? Clarence Darrow, who went on to defend John T. Scopes in the famous Scopes trial in 1925,” Pearcy said. “In other words, at the time, it was not Christians who pointed the finger at Nietzsche and Darwin as influences behind the murder. It was a secular, liberal lawyer.”

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Darwin is responsible for so much evil! But wait — there’s more. WND continues:

She points out that historian Richard Weikart, in his book “From Darwin to Hitler,” shows that during the Nazi era, the German high command was “deeply influenced by Darwinism.”

That’s another Discoveroid theme — see Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part VIII. Here’s one last excerpt from WND, in which they quote Pearcey yet again:

She notes that “ideas have consequences,” and added, “As a professor at a Christian college, I hear from fellow professors about students who are reading secular thinkers and losing their faith. The names mentioned most often are Darwin and Neitzsche.”

Slogging through that mess was exhausting, so we don’t have anything to add. But perhaps you do, dear reader.

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Dinosaur Footprints Prove the Flood

When a creationist is confronted with evidence and thinks about its cause, his conclusion will be derived from a limited set of possibilities which he knows are the cause of everything: (1) the curse of Adam & Eve; (2) the Flood; (3) a miracle; (4) the devil; or (5) Darwinist fraud.

We see this clearly in the latest from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His article is Dinosaur Footprint Wall in Bolivia. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A recent article highlighted the Cal Orcko archaeological site in Bolivia. This site in South America has numerous, well-preserved dinosaur footprints (originally listed as over 5,000), and another 5,000 tracks were discovered in 2015. Some of the dinosaurs that left these footprints were Ankylosaurs, Titanosaurs, Carnotaurus, and a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex.

This is the article Hambo is talking about: A massive wall at Cal Orcko in southern Bolivia reveals more than 5,000 dinosaur footsteps. It’s from a website named Vintage News that says it’s “a group of enthusiasts who are interested in all things vintage.” Among their major subject headings are Fashion, Interiors, Lifestyle, and Glamour.

A recent article from PhysOrg may be more reliable: Following dinosaur footsteps in Bolivia’s fossil mecca. Anyway, here’s what Hambo tells his drooling readers about the dinosaur footprints:

But even more interesting is that the footprints are not on flat ground but rather on an almost vertical wall; and the vast majority seem to be moving in one direction (downhill as the geography now stands). Now this is a region that has had lots of tectonic activity in the recent past, so this was probably flat ground at the time the dinosaurs were making the tracks.

Fair enough. Then he says:

Of course what makes this intriguing from a biblical creation and Flood geology perspective is that the tracks are preserved so well, and that we see a diverse grouping of what were considered to be both herbivores and carnivores. We also have tracks from juvenile dinosaurs — some alone and others side by side with adults of the same species.


So we have running dinosaurs and what appears to be alternating periods of water covering the sand flats and then receding for a short time, only to cover the area once again. This sounds a lot like an area where dinosaurs may have been fleeing rising floodwaters, which brought the sediment to quickly cover and preserve the footprints the fleeing dinosaurs left behind.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Running dinosaurs and water! What could it mean? Hambo quotes from Dr. Andrew Snelling, a creationist geologist and AiG’s director of research, who tells us:

All claims about the environment in which these dinosaurs lived and how they left their footprints are mere speculation (i.e., based on historical science, not observational science), because no scientists were there at the time to observe and report to us what happened. … [T]hese fossils of water-dwelling animals and fossilized dinosaur footprints found in this sandy limestone are consistent with the Flood cataclysm, when the rising ocean waters swept rapidly over the land in oscillating surges, repeatedly engulfing fleeing land animals as it buried their footprints with water-dwelling animals. These fossilized dinosaur footprints testify to these dinosaur herbivores and carnivores being more interested in fleeing en masse in one direction to escape the destructive waters than their next meal.

Isn’t that exciting! Hambo concludes his article with this:

Yet again we see evidence of the Flood that God sent as a judgment for mankind’s wickedness [scripture reference] and of the Ark that He had Noah build — a reminder to us today of another Ark of salvation, Jesus Christ. These fossilized footprints stand as a reminder that observational science always confirms the Bible.

So there you are, dear reader — an excellent example of creation science. Those folks understand everything!

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Eric Hedin, Ball State, & the Discovery Institute

Very few posts at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog have been entertaining lately, but one captured our attention: Fact Check: Inside Higher Ed Misrepresents Eric Hedin at Ball State University (Again). It was written by Sarah Chaffee (whom we call “Savvy Sarah”), and it’s a revival of an old controversy we’ve been calling the Ball State Imbroglio.

It began back in 2013 when Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, started a fuss about Ball State University’s physics professor, Eric Hedin, who was allegedly teaching intelligent design in his course on the “Boundaries of Science.” Our last post about it was over five months ago: Eric Hedin Gets Tenure at Ball State. Despite his good behavior leading to tenure, we said that we regard Hedin as a Discoveroid sleeper agent. We thought the controversy was over, at least for a while, but Savvy Sarah can’t let it go. She says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:

In a recent article for Inside Higher Ed, Colleen Flaherty makes the same harmful, erroneous statements about physicist Eric Hedin that she did back in May in a piece on Hedin’s earning tenure.

The article to which Savvy Sarah links is about Mark Armitage, perhaps a hero of hers. At first we thought her link was a blunder, but the article does devote one sentence to Hedin. It says:

Scientists aren’t always hostile to creationist colleagues — Ball State University granted tenure earlier this year to Eric Hedin, a professor of physics previously accused of proselytizing creationism in a science seminar, for example.

Savvy Sarah is outraged! After a big quote from one of her earlier Discoveroid posts she says:

Hedin was not “proselytizing.” Neither was he promoting “creationism.”


Of course, these are the typical mischaracterizations directed at those who set a foot outside the limits of rigid evolutionary dogmatism — mislabeling the content Hedin taught as creationism (he only taught intelligent design (ID), which is not creationism [Hee hee!], and ID was only one among several topics covered in the interdisciplinary honors — not core science — course), and then going the extra step and labeling Hedin himself as a creationist.

She finishes by declaring:

Dr. Hedin, a responsible scientist and fine teacher, does not deserve this rehashing of false accusations.

What Savvy Sarah has accomplished with her post is to reinforce our earlier conclusion that Hedin is a Discoveroid sleeper agent. We appreciate the reminder, and now that Hedin has tenure, we look forward to the inevitable shenanigans.

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