Category Archives: Intelligent Design

Creationist Wisdom #755: Darwinism Exposed!

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Lethbridge Herald of Lethbridge, the fourth-largest city in Alberta, Canada and it’s titled How does evolution stand up to scrutiny? The newspaper has a comments feature.

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 Tom. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

After referring to a series of earlier letters, Tom says one of the letter-writers wrote that religion is “an outdated line of thinking.” That’s probably this letter. Tom disagrees. He claims that letter-writer “substitutes a worldview that doesn’t exactly handle scrutiny.” Tom’s letter brilliantly scrutinizes the evolutionary worldview. He says:

Bacteria gain drug resistance through impaired genetic information, not by structuring new information in defence. The “whale fossil,” Pakicetus inachus, proved entirely land-based, and was declared a whale only from skull fragments. The question “Was Darwin Wrong?” might be better, “Would Darwin have believed evolution possible, knowing what we now know about embryology, morphology, paleontology and more?” It’s a worthy question. The answer tells us whether Darwinism merits a part to play in the sciences.

Wow — an ark-load of powerful material! Having deftly exposed the nonsense of bacteria evolving drug resistance and also whale evolution, Tom asks whether Darwin himself would have embraced “Darwinism” if he knew what Tom knows. Then he adroitly shifts to the Darwinist nonsense of life on extra-solar planets:

If Trappist-1 has any luminosity increase, its planets would suffer heat spikes. That close in, the worlds are tidally locked, unable to rotate for a day/night cycle. Do they have atmospheres dense enough to retain surface liquids? Do they have magnetic fields strong enough to repel their sun’s radiation? Solar flares could sear away their atmospheres, and Trappist’s mere proximity would degrade them anyway – our own sun’s depleted the atmosphere of Mars, which is much more distant. What foothold for life is possible around Trappist-1?

After brilliantly demolishing the notion of life elsewhere in the universe by exposing the idiocy of Darwinist astronomers, Tom explains why Darwinists are all messed up regarding the age of the Earth:

Mass spectrometry’s isolated tissue elements like collagen fibres and red blood cell remnants in the fossilized bones of six different dinosaurs – revolutionary findings, because tissue can’t last for tens of millions of years. Paleochronology adds, unexpectedly, that every dinosaur fossil tested for carbon-14 offers an age of 22,000 to 41,000 years – suggesting these dinosaurs might have been more recent, perhaps even fulfilling the human desire to see one.

Tom’s letter exposes the evidence we wrote about in Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat?, and he also declares the accuracy of ol’ Hambo’s argument in Radiometric Dating: Problems with the Assumptions.

Tom is doing great! After a few more astonishing disclosures, which we’ll let you read for yourselves, he concludes his letter with this:

Today, Darwinism stays in force mainly through the vehemence of its true believers, who impose it on all new discoveries and insistently quell dissent.

So there you are, dear reader. Tom has dared to expose evolution to scrutiny. Great letter!

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Discovery Institute: Darwin Was a Fraud

It could be only our imagination, but it seems that the Discovery Institute is becoming increasingly extreme in their anti-science propaganda. An example is what we found at their creationist blog today: Darwin and Data — “Cutting the Toes to Fit the Shoe”, by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Science historian Michael Flannery had a really rich and fascinating discussion with CSC research coordinator Brian Miller about Darwin’s materialism — its origins and the fruit it finally bore.

[*Groan*] Flannery is the Discoveroids’ favorite historian. He’s some kind of librarian at the University of Alabama, and he’s also an adjunct instructor of history and sociology — splendid qualifications for a Discoveroid. He’s very keen on the non-existent Darwin-Hitler connection — see Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part VI.

What was the result of Flannery’s “really rich and fascinating discussion” with another Discoveroid? Klinghoffer says:

The popular picture of Charles Darwin casts him as the assiduous, objective gatherer of scientific data, only reluctantly reaching the conclusion he did: life as the product of strictly unguided material forces. In fact, as Professor Flannery explains, the groundwork or “template” of Darwin’s materialism had been established years before, through the influence of family and friends — notably at the University of Edinburgh where he joined the free-thinking Plinian Society and met Robert Edmund Grant.

For some reason, they don’t mention that after Darwin left Edinburgh, he went to Cambridge to study to become an Anglican clergyman, but he eventually gave that up to pursue his nature studies. Anyway, Klinghoffer tells us:

The seeds of his thinking were planted well before our scientist embarked on the Beagle or set foot on the Galápagos Islands. It was largely a case of “cutting the toes to fit the shoe” — theory first, worry about the data later.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No one can read Origin of Species and conclude that Darwin didn’t care about data, but Klinghoffer’s audience would never read read the book, so their minds are open. He continues:

Flannery tells how the great man, his family, and followers contributed to the myth of Darwin as a fact-driven scientist, much as they sought to massage the reality of Darwin’s “agnosticism,” which is a less aggressive way of saying his “atheism.”

Ah yes, “the myth of Darwin as a fact-driven scientist.” Let’s read on:

Why does it matter? Because Darwinists follow much the same path today. Blindness to evidence of design in biology, the refusal to consider this evidence, is a function of the backwards relationship between theory and data.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Darwinists today are blind “to evidence of design in biology.” And what is that “evidence”? As we’ve said so many times before, the Discoveroids’ only “evidence” for intelligent design is either the god of the gaps argument or else William Paley’s watchmaker analogy.

Klinghoffer’s brief post ends with this:

Flannery is a great source of background and insight. Listen to the podcast now [link omitted].

The amazing thing is that — thanks to their generous patrons — the Discoveroids are paid to do this sort of thing; and it actually impresses their slack-jawed, drooling, empty-headed fans.

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Creationist Wisdom #754: The Ultimate Answer

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Shelby Star, of Shelby, North Carolina. It’s titled God is the answer. The newspaper has a comments section, but with no comments yet.

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 Larry. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

This is a world of good and evil. Anyone who thinks he can impose goodness on mankind will encounter this dual side of man’s nature. When religions held the power, they tried to force their version of goodness on the world, and the result was an increase in man’s suffering.

Okay, religions shouldn’t hold power. Who should? Larry says:

Then along came science. As it became dominant, materialism took over. God was excluded or ignored, and the people lost their way. Ignoring God may seem reasonable, as we seldom can discern his impact on our lives. But he is hidden within us, and we direct our attention outwardly and thus do not see him.

Then we lost our way with science. Probably a reference to evolution. So what is the answer? Let’s read on:

We live in a country where the majority rules, but a moral consensus is not dispositive. The majority is often wrong, and has lost the power to discern what is moral and what is immoral. The men of reason have opted for moral relativism, but has this brought harmony to the world?

Democracy doesn’t work either. What shall we do? Larry continues:

Our present political discord is the result of our inner spiritual conflict. We have objectified our confusion onto the world around us. That confusion has always been there, and is inherent in man’s nature. Thus no absolute victory is possible in our political debate. Unless man changes, this will go on indefinitely.

Egad! Politics won’t work. Is there no hope? Hold on, it gets worse:

As to the Neunzig-Epstein debate [presumably a reference to this column about free speech], we delude ourselves if we think we can talk away the outward discord without correcting the inner discord. We are spiritually sick. The outer sickness is only a symptom, but talk may lead to an improvement outwardly, even while the discord continues.

So how do we fix the inner discord? Another excerpt:

People who are dead sure they are right may begin to have doubts. That would be the beginning of wisdom. True wisdom, though, is possible only to the extent that man becomes aware of his true nature.

What is our true nature? Larry gives us the answer:

Man thinks he is a body, and acts accordingly. But in truth, he is a soul. If he does not perceive it, he will not have access to truth and wisdom.

Yes — oh yes! But who is wise enough to understand? Larry says:

None of what I have just said will make a lick of sense to the man who deems himself smarter than ordinary folks. Self-love is his chief characteristic, but without humility, no wisdom is possible.

Are you paying attention? You need humility! And now we come to the end:

It is like trying to pour water into a full glass: not even God can do it. And, I assure you, he has tried to do so with all of us. And he will keep trying. He has all eternity.

So there you are, dear reader. Larry has given you the answer, but you probably don’t understand it. Read the letter again. If you figure it out, then please explain it to us.

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Florida Senate Passes ‘Drool in School’ Bill

We wrote about this when identical bills were introduced in both houses of the Florida legislature — see Florida Bills Allow Religion in Public Schools. Since then, things have been moving “forward,” so to speak.

At the website of WCTV, the CBS-affiliated television station for South Georgia and Florida’s Big Bend (part of the Florida Ark), we read: Religious Freedom legislation wins Senate vote. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Public school students will have more options to express their religious beliefs under legislation approved by the state Senate today. Opponents are worried kids will face discrimination or feel like they have to go along to get along, but the Senate President says schools have gone too far stifling religious discussion.

They don’t specifically say so, but they’re obviously talking about SB 436: Religious Expression in Public Schools. The legislature’s website informs us: “Last Action: 3/23/2017 Senate – Passed; YEAS 23 NAYS 13”

This is where you can read the bill’s text. An identical bill was introduced into the Florida House: HB 303: Religious Expression in Public Schools. Both bills say, among other things, that students could not be penalized for expressing religious views in “coursework, artwork or other written and oral assignments” and must have their work judged based on academic standards not religious content.

Then we’re told:

“This bill sends a message to our sixty-seven counties that you can take some liberties in showing religious expression,” said Sen. Doug Broxson (R-Pensacola).

[…]

Pastors in the audience cheered the vote. “Crime, teenage pregnancies exponentially [Huh?] went higher immediately after we took god out of our schools,” said Marion County pastor, Gerald Bustin.

Exciting, huh? One more excerpt:

The House version cleared its final committee on Thursday, setting it up for a final vote as early as next week.

The legislation will also allow students to wear religious clothing or jewelry, and form clubs, whenever students are also allowed to wear non secular messages, jewelry, or hold meetings.

They don’t mention it, but the bill also says:

A student may express his or her religious beliefs in coursework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination. A student’s homework and classroom assignments shall be evaluated, regardless of their religious content, based on expected academic standards relating to the course curriculum and requirements. A student may not be penalized or rewarded based on the religious content of his or her work if the coursework, artwork, or other written or oral assignments require a student’s viewpoint to be expressed.

As you know, a similar bill just became law in Kentucky — see Kentucky Passes ‘Drool in School’ Law. If this trend continues, and God is allowed back in the government’s schools, we’ll have no more crime, no more teen pregnancies, and no more one-sided teaching of “Darwinism.” Everything will be wonderful again!

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