Those Continuing Creationist Follies
by: John Tyrrell
In a recent interview, Florida's Senator Marco Rubio was asked how old he thought the earth was. He answered
I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries. (emphasis added)
He's really waffling on the issue to avoid offending any portion of the electorate in case he chooses to run for President in 2016. He apparently either is afraid to state that his religion (he's at least a nominal Catholic) supports the scientific consensus on the age of the Earth or he is ignorant of his Church's stand on the issue. He should have asked his children who are probably enrolled in Catholic schools.
But we should be concerned about his waffling response that puts responsibility on the parents because in during a debate on the teaching of evolution in Florida schools in 2008 he stated:
And for me, personally, I don't want a school system that teaches kids that what they're learning at home is wrong. (emphasis added)
In other words - he personally opposes the teaching of evolution. Whether he's just angling for votes or actually believes in a literal reading of Genesis (unlike his Church), he supports creationism.
But how's creationism doing these days?
A onetime supporter of creationism, Pat Robertson recanted (at least partially) this week, stating the Earth was more than 6,000 years old, Bishop Ussher was wrong in his calculations, and dinosaurs are from pre-biblical times. For evidence, he pointed to carbon-dating and fossils.
Answers in Genesis, an organization which Robertson once supported and which continues to hold to 6,000 years as gospel, managed to lose a half a million dollars last year. Meanwhile attendance at the Creation Museum, (AiG's subsidiary) dropped for the fourth straight year in a row. They blamed the economy and gasoline prices. It couldn't possibly be that entry fees are about a third as much to take the kids to a real museum than they are for a hall of creationist dishonesty.
And dishonesty remains at the heart of creationist promotion. There's an article on the ongoing development of AiG's Ark Encounter in the current Atlantic. The interviewer challenges those involved in project about the difficulties of life aboard the Ark
My questions about other specifics were met with a quick, relentless defense. How did eight people feed and clean up after several thousand wild animals? Conveyor belts. How did Noah pack enough food for everyone? He pelletized it. What kept all the animals from eating each other? The hand of God.
“We don’t want anyone to think we’re just making things up,” said Marsh, who is Ark Encounter’s design director.
Now I've given my opinion several times in this site that the proponents of creationism knowingly lie. And Marsh (Ark Encounter’s design director) seems to be intent on providing support for my opinion. Not making things up? And he has Noah using conveyer belts and pelletized animal food? There's nothing about either of those in my bible. Nor in any known version of the Bible to date. These are certainly not answers out of Genesis. These people working on Ark Encounters and in Answers in Genesis really are just making things up. Making things up to the extent that I consider it lying. Knowingly lying.
I invite anyone to do a web search - use the terms "invention" "conveyor" "belt" or "invention" "food" "pellets." For both, my own examination of the results of web searches indicate that we are talking about 19th century inventions. That's 19th century AD! Not BC! And the biblical flood supposedly happened about 2400 BC.
Noah used conveyor belts and pelletized animal food? Nothing more than blatant lies. Lies in a pathetic attempt to cover up the fact that caring for the number of animals they claim to have been on the Ark was a physical impossibility.
It's the folly of promoting creationism, the folly of promoting a literal interpretation of an ancient religious text. It leads to the folly of inventing ridiculous lies. Just making things up.
Speaking of lies and liars, the founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham is currently promoting an updated version of his book "The Lie: Evolution" a book which dishonestly proclaims evolution to be a lie. In the very title of his book, Ken Ham lies! Another creationist folly.