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We study Ayn Rand for the same reason we study Creationism

Alan Wolfe on Ayn Rand:

In the academy, she is a nonperson. Her theories are works of fiction. Her works of fiction are theories, and bad ones at that. Should the Republicans actually win in 2012, we might need to study her in the academic world. It would be for the same reason we sometimes need to study creationism.

Via the Dish.

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Bill Nye: If you want to believe creationism, fine. Please don’t teach it to your kids.

Via the Dish.

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Claude K. Bell with an unfinished Cabazon dinosaur

 Claude K. Bell with an unfinished Cabazon dinosaur

This is Claude Bell with his unfinished brontosaurus sculpture Dinney. In one of the most brilliant marketing moves in history, Bell wanted to attract customers to his Wheel Inn Cafe, so he built an enormous dinosaur statue. And it worked.

Sadly, after Bell died, the location was bought up by creationists and is now a creationist museum.

From It’s Late, via Ffffound.

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They convinced a six-year-old

A story comes to us from Answers in Genesis about the six-year-old son of a Christian family whose “heart has been changed” since they took him to the Creation Museum.

At the end of the show her 6 year old son . . . grabbed one of the cards credit card type, the one you can sign the back of if you make a commitment to Christ and took it home. Later that night, as he was drying off from his bath, he turned and looked at his mom and asked, “Mommy, am I a Christian?” So they talked and prayed because he really wanted to know Jesus. He was so happy after that while he was brushing his teeth, he kept stopping to sing,” I’m a Christian, I’m a Christian!” They went and told his dad then pulled out that little card and he proudly signed his name and dated the card.

It is truly amazing that the museum was able to convince a six-year-old boy that the way to be a good person was to profess the same beliefs as his parents. The Lord is truly working miracles through the Creation Museum by getting young children to make lifetime commitments to things that they don’t really understand.

Via Unreasonable Faith.

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The first rule of Creation Museum Date Night

Is that there are no homos allowed at Creation Museum Date Night.

They explained to us (my friends, I arrived after them) that the Creation Museum Date Night was a “Christian environment”, therefore the presence of two men eating dinner together would not be allowed. The very sight of this would “add an un-Christian element to the event” and “disrupt the evening for everyone”.

The Creation Museum rep further informed us that you cannot be a Christian if you are gay, asking “can you tell me what exactly is Christian about being gay?“. How can you argue with that logic?

Via The Morning News.

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Terry Hurlbut – heroic feats of ignorance

I was reading a pretty poor anti-atheist article: “Despite billboard, atheism is contrary to logic and against reason”. The author’s main argument is that atheism is a negative and you can’t prove a negative, which indicates that this man has never had a serious discussion about atheism with an actual atheist.

On to the comments section: the very first commenter points out some flaws in the author’s reasoning and suggests that the Bible is pretty illogical. For instance, “Did people really live for hundreds of years?” Which is a fair question to any biblical literalist.

Lucky for us, the first responder to this comment is not just any biblical literalist:

“Did people really live for hundreds of years?” Yes. Pre-Flood, carbon-14 was not present in the vast quantities that pervade our atmosphere today, and cosmogenic C-14 was very rare. During the Flood, the earth’s crust, wracked with magnitude-10-to-12 earthquakes and rich in quartz (which generates electricity when deformed), acted as a gigantic fast-breeding nuclear reactor and produced all of the radionuclides (up to uranium and arguably plutonium) known to man today. That included C-14, produced in tremendous quantities through cluster decay. And when C-14 gets into your system, and then decays, it can wreck whatever molecule (including DNA) of which it became a part. So the reason we *don’t* live hundreds of years today is that we are all suffering from radiation poisoning (or isotopic substitutional poisoning) and have forgotten what it was like not to be subject to such poisoning.

Wow. So Adam lived for 930 years because he wasn’t being poisoned by C-14, which was all released during Noah’s flood. Which is a double-win because that explains why all carbon dating mistakenly says the world is old. Nice. Other commenters in the thread point out that the radiation from a hypothetical increase in C-14 would be fractional compared to all the other radiation we’re exposed to, but still. Dude is not messing around.

And that dude is Terry Hurlbut, a prolific contributor to Examiner.com. His articles include a rumination on the starlight-and-time problem (how did light from stars more than 6000 light-years away get here in a young universe?) and a call to figurative arms against the American Atheists behind a certain billboard in New Jersey. Hurlbut visited the AA’s site to contend with their arguments.

Specifically, they state:

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you don’t believe in the fable of  Adam and Eve and the talking snake.  You probably think it’s a story, created out of ignorance, to explain the origin of life.  You probably don’t believe that Adam literally ate a fruit, resulting in God expelling him and Eve out of the idyllic Garden of Eden.

In other words, you know that’s a myth.

Right so far?

Wrong.

Oh snap. The American Atheists did not expect to be dealing with someone as fargone as Terry Hurlbut. And how fargone is Terry Hurlbut? Enough that Rational Wiki has an article on him — mostly because he’s an administrator on Conservapedia, which explains so much. Hurlbut was also a member of Digg Patriots, a group of conservative Digg users who collaborated to bury liberal stories and promote conservative ones on Digg.

Anyway, I’ll close with another comment excerpt from the original article. Because even if I don’t like the song, I have to admit I like the way this guy sings:

And hel-lo-ooooo! The Flood knocked down all the trees that were growing at the time! All the trees that grow today, sprouted after the Flood, not before. You have no concept of how violent an event the Flood was. Magnitude-10-to-12 earthquakes; a water jet powerful enough to throw 1 percent of the earth’s mass, as water, mud, and rock, into outer space; killer hailstorms that froze the mammoths (many of them standing up); and the formation of a protuberance (the Himalaya Range and the Tibetan Plateau) heavy enough to pull the earth off-balance and move the poles. (Which is what the mammoths were doing in the Arctic region in the first place; that used to be a lush tropical jungle.) Not to mention the big rocks that slammed into the Moon, mostly on one side of it, forming the “seas” and causing the Moon to turn one face toward earth and lock in place.

And there’s more. Did you know that every ancient calendar measured the year as exactly 12 months of 30 days each? Because that’s how it was. But the Flood caused a lot of gravitational settling, with the result that the earth spun faster on its axis, like a figure skater doing a spin by pulling in her arms. Result: a shorter day. At the same time, those big rocks that slammed into one side of the Moon (and always during its crescent phases) slowed it down and caused it to drop into a lower orbit, with the result that the month shortened even more than the day. That’s why a true month (from new moon to new moon) is about 29.5 days, not 30 as it originally was. The ancient Egyptians didn’t figure that out until the court astronomer finally said, “Divine One, the Nile crests earlier in the year with every year! We have been out of our reckoning of the year since our Great Migration from Shinar!” Or words to that effect. (Abraham and his people simply went by the appearance of the new moon and the ripeness of the barley crop, so it didn’t matter to them.) Ask yourself why the Babylonians divided a circle into 360 degrees, and why they used a base of 60 for numbers of medium size? And why the Mayans used a 360-day calendar?

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Christine O’Donnell is against science, of course

It couldn’t be less surprising that Delaware’s Republican nominee for the Senate — and masturbation opponent — Christine O’Donnell doesn’t understand science, “theories”, and evolution:

Creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.

It goes without saying, O’Donnell probably has a different idea than I do about what constitutes evidence.

Bonus treat: O’Donnell has also spoken out against the dangers of “orgy rooms”:

All this coedness is outside normal life, said Miss O’Donnell. “Most average American adults don’t use coed bathrooms – if they had the option of a coed bathroom at a public restaurant, they wouldn’t choose it.” Coedness “is like a radical agenda forced on college students,” she said.

I agree. That agenda is totally radical.

This is where we contemplate for a moment that, as Andrew Sullivan reminds us, the Tea Party is supposedly all about fiscal sanity, limited government, and constitutional principles, and not about social conservatism.

Via Talking Points Memo, Pareene.

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Dinosaurs going extinct all over again

For those keeping score, the Triceratops was just a younger version of the Torosaurus and the Brontosaurus was just another Apatosaurus.

Meanwhile, the Cabazon Dinosaurs, Claude Bell’s roadside sculptures that were featured in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, are being held captive by creationists who are forcing them to spread ignorance to passersby.

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I Don’t Really Get It

 I Dont Really Get It

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Jesus: Dinosaur Rider (Probably!)

 Jesus: Dinosaur Rider (Probably!)
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