Durango Bill’s
Views on Creationists



Creationism = Willful Ignorance

The Deceitfulness and Ignorance of Creationism
Especially in regard to Geology and the Grand Canyon.

Creationists: Willfully Ignorant and Proud of it

Creation “Science” - The bastard offspring of scientific ignorance and religious arrogance




Study Creationism - Forget about a good job(Un)Intelligent Design "Science" teacher









“Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.” - Albert Einstein


   We are living in an age when ignorant “right-wing” fundamentalist mobs are once again trying to replace science and knowledge with religious extremism.  A thousand years ago, the European world suffered through an era of intolerance and superstitions. If we don’t learn from history, the advocates of Creationism will again throw us into another 1,000-year period of “The Dark Ages”. (See below for more info.)

"Creationism is becoming more popular"

   The “Young Earth Creationists” believe the earth (and all life on it) was theologically created in its present form within the last 10,000 years. In so doing they reject and willfully ignore all the scientific knowledge that has accumulated over the last several thousand years. This knowledge spans the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. We will touch on the geological sciences here, and in particular the Grand Canyon.


Creationism = Ignorance of Geology

   The greatest geologic fiction that the Creationists adhere to is Noah’s Flood. (Please see the bottom of this page for some insight regarding the Genesis Flood story.) Their Biblical interpretation says this flood covered “all the high mountains” (Gen 7:19-20), which by necessity would also have to include the ~29,029 ft. elevation of Mt. Everest.

   Creationists claim the marine sedimentary layers at the summit of Mt. Everest are proof that it was covered by water. Actually, Mt. Everest has been lifted out of the ocean (and is still rising) by the northward movement of the Indian subcontinent and its resultant subduction under (and compressional stacking with) the Asian continent during the past 65 million years. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geology_of_the_Himalaya and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest#Geology for more info.

The famous Yellow Band on the north face of Mt. Everest

   The Google Earth view above shows layers of marine limestone and marble (cooked/metamorphosized limestone) above 27,000 feet on the north face Mt. Everest. The marble layers form the famous “Yellow Band”. The time sequence required many millions of years for each of the following processes:

1) Mud and lime were slowly deposited in many layers at the bottom of an ancient ocean.
2) Additional layers of sedimentary material were deposited on top of the lime and mud.
3) The weight of the upper layers slowly squeezed the water out of the mud and lime and transformed it into limestone rock. (The lower layers were subsequently cooked to form marble.)
4) The compressional collision of the Indian subcontinent and Asia fractured the rock into layers which were shoved together and stacked – much like individual cards in a deck of cards. Erosion removed the surrounding rock to leave the pyramidal summit of Mt. Everest.



There are several obvious problems with Noah’s Flood.

1) Where did the water come from? If it came from beneath the earth’s crust (Fountains of the Deep), something would have to hold up the earth’s crust before the water was ejected. The fact that the earth’s crust has a higher relative density than water ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relative_density ) and would have sunk long before “Adam and Eve” doesn’t bother the Creationists. Of course, if you are “willfully ignorant”, your beliefs excuse you from knowledge about relative density. Also, if the water had come from the “Nether Regions”, then it would have been “Hot as Hell”, and the hapless fish in the oceans would have been cooked. (The temperature increases by “25-30°C per km of depth in most of the world” – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_gradient )

   If the 29,000+ ft. of water came from the sky (atmosphere - the “Vapor Canopy”), then before the 40 days of rain started, the weight of this water would have crushed anything living on the earth’s surface. One cubic foot of water = ~62.4 pounds. Thus 29,000 feet of it would have pressed down with 62.4 x 29,000 = ~1,809,600 pounds (equals about 500 average cars) of force per square foot for every square foot of the earth’s surface. It would also require an atmospheric temperature of 1,000 deg. F.  to keep the water as a vapor. (See Antoine equation at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vapor_pressure ) Even if you could start with temperatures similar to current earth temperatures, the heat released by the first 2,000 feet of rain (Latent heat of condensation) is more than enough to bring the entire content of the earth’s present oceans up to the boiling point. (And there’s still another 27,000 feet of rain that hasn’t fallen yet.)

   Finally, some creationists assert that the water came from a comet (or some other astronomical object). Any object falling to earth from deep space would accelerate to at least the earth’s escape velocity as the object falls into the earth’s gravitational field. Its velocity would reach at least 25,000 MPH before friction (and/or impact) slowed it down. Frictional heating (and/or impact) would raise the temperature of any incoming water to ~27,000 degrees F. (Incoming meteors are incinerated which creates the white “shooting star” streaks that we see.)

   If you start with ice instead of water, you can decrease the ~27,000 degrees by 144 degrees as that is the amount of heat that would be required to initially melt the ice. (In reality, temperatures this high would rip apart water molecules into their hydrogen and oxygen atoms which in turn would be highly ionized. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_ionization )

2) Where did the water go? If the earth’s surface were covered by an additional 29,000+ feet of water, how do you get rid of it? Water is less dense than the rock of the earth’s surface. Thus it would not drain down below the surface. Even if you forced it down, where is it? No oil or gas well has ever hit a subterranean ocean 29,000+ feet thick.


Ignorant Fallacies Based on Noah’s Flood

   The “Young Earth Creationists” believe that all the Paleozoic rock layers in the Grand Canyon were deposited by Noah’s Flood - i.e. none of the strata was ever dry land. For example, they willfully ignore evidence that the Coconino Sandstone was once desert sand dunes.

Cross bedding in the Coconino Sandstone shows preserved ancient sand dunes.

The picture above was originally posted at http://www.jwoolfden.com/gc_rocks.html and shows preserved wind-blown sand dunes in the Coconino Sandstone. 260 million years ago, intermittent winds from random directions piled desert sand into randomly layered sand dunes. When these random layers were subsequently buried and transformed to sandstone rock, the layers formed “cross bedding” patterns. Finally, erosion has removed the sediments that buried the sand so that the cross bedding patterns can be seen.

The USGS has an animation showing how windblown sand dunes followed by subsequent burial produce cross-bedded sandstone rock similar to that seen in the above photograph. http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/seds/bedforms/animation.html

  Instead (according to a popular creationist book), they claim “Sand Waves” formed the Coconino during the flood. If the Creationists had done a little homework and checked page 194 of “Grand Canyon Geology” by Beus and Morales (1990 edition), they would find a photograph of ancient raindrop impressions preserved in the Coconino.

Raindrop impressions preserved in the Coconino Sandstone.

   The photograph above shows preserved raindrop impressions in the Coconino Sandstone. The original photograph plus additional photographs that include preserved animal and insect tracks in the Coconino can be seen at http://web.archive.org/web/20030217034205/http://www.psiaz.com/Schur/azpaleo/cocotr.html .

     To form raindrop impressions and then preserve them in solid rock requires the following sequence:
1) Initially, a few large raindrops fall on a relatively smooth sand surface. When the large raindrops hit the sand they make “mini craters”.
2) Rainfall intensity has to be relatively light so that a relatively firm wet surface is produced, but not washed away by additional rain.
3) After the wet surface has dried to form a crust, it has to be buried by additional windblown, dry sand. The dry crust with its raindrop impressions is now safely covered.
4) Over many millions of years, the dry crust with its raindrop impressions is subsequently buried by thousands of feet of other sediments. The combination of the weight and dissolved minerals in ground water transform the sand into sandstone rock. For example, the Coconino Sandstone.
5) After still more millions of years, erosion removes the overlying layers and the preserved raindrop impressions are once again exposed.

   It's a little difficult to form raindrop impressions at the bottom of a global flood, but typically, the Creationists ignore real world evidence as it would disprove their preconceived beliefs.


   Their “logic” for the formation of the Grand Canyon itself requires a subsequent flood to go uphill 30 river miles before it gets to the Kaibab Plateau, and then somehow collapse a path across the Kaibab. If you look at topographic maps, this of course is impossible. However, if you are willfully ignorant, minor details such as understanding topographic maps are irrelevant, and the only requirement is faith in Noah’s Flood. It would be interesting to see what kind of inventiveness they could come up with to explain why the Green River cuts through Split Mountain instead of going around it.

3-D view of Split Mountain generated via Google Earth

   Please see the Canyon of Lodore and Split Mountain page for more information on Split Mountain. Then use “Back” from your browser to return to this page. Also, please see “Ancestral River Systems of the World” - A pictorial world tour of locations where river systems cut through mountain ranges instead of taking easier routes around them. http://www.durangobill.com/AncestralRivers/AncestralRiversIndex.html



Ignorant Creationist Claims on how the Colorado River established
a path across the Kaibab Plateau to start cutting the Grand Canyon


   Perhaps nowhere else is the arrogance/ignorance of Creationists better illustrated than the contortions/delusions they go through to try to explain how the Colorado River established a path across the Kaibab Plateau. First, they invent a false argument claiming that the “evolutionists” required the Colorado River to flow uphill over the Kaibab Plateau before it started to cut down through it to form the Grand Canyon.

   No legitimate geologist has ever made such an “uphill” claim, but of course the Creationists are not interested in reality.

   However, ignorant Creationists fully believe that a large remnant lake from Noah’s Flood wouldn’t have had any problem duplicating the same uphill maneuver. For example, please see Eric Hovind’s Blogspot:

Eric Hovind: “The Grand Canyon was formed when a large post flood lake breached the top of the current Grand Canyon and eroded a canyon very rapidly.”
http://erichovind.blogspot.com/2009/05/evolutionists-and-grand-canyon.html

Eric Hovind doesn't know which way the Colorado River flows through the Grand Canyon.

   The original of the video was at the above URL - the Print Screen images above and below are from the same video as posted at:
http://rationaldreaming.com/tag/grand-canyon/  (Larger image and better transmission.)

   As can be seen in the pictures, Eric Hovind doesn’t even know which direction the Colorado River flows through the Grand Canyon. He’s got it backwards. The river flows from east to west (right side of the pictures to left side of the pictures) through that portion of the canyon - not west to east as Eric depicts it in the video. The perspective/view in the video is correct as viewed from south to north so the image is not reversed.

Eric Hovind doesn't even known which direction the Colorado River flows thru the Grand Canyon.  Note the correct orientation of Africa on the globe in the lower left corner. (1st picture) Also, at the 28 second mark in the video, Eric has an “Exit” arrow on the east side of the Kaibab Plateau to the right and behind the North Rim’s Cape Royal.

   After Eric’s ignorant blunder was widely circulated on the Internet, he tried to blame the error on the graphics presentation. (Note: Eric would have viewed the video and given it a final OK long before it was posted on the Internet.)
 

It’s just Eric who is backward. (Quite possibly something he inherited from his dad - Kent Hovind.)

Ignorant Creationists:  Q. E. D.
(The translation of the original Latin quod erat demonstrandum is: “Which was to be demonstrated”)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q.E.D.





A diagram of the Kaibab Plateau with Cape Royal on the North Rim and Desert View Point on the Sout Rim.

   Let’s look at present day topography to test the feasibility of either of these uphill routes. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon near Desert View Point (lower right in the picture) is nearly 7,500 feet above sea level. If you travel 8.5 miles to the northwest, you arrive at Cape Royal on the North Rim at about 7,900 feet. If you filled in the Grand Canyon and tried to get the Colorado River to establish its current course based on present topography, the river (or remnant lake) would have to climb to about 7,700 feet to get across the Kaibab.   The Colorado River starts cutting the Grand Canyon at Lees Ferry nearly 60 miles further to the NNE at an elevation of about 3,100 feet. (Off the top right of the picture.) While the Creationists fully believe that “their lake” could climb over the 7,700 foot high barrier, let’s look at alternate lower locations (using current topography) where the water would go if you could fill a lake on the east side of the Kaibab. (All of the following lower potential routes can be verified by Google Earth.)

1) Roughly follow U. S. highway route # 89 westward through southern Utah around the north end of the Kaibab and never go above 5,640 feet.

2) Again, go west around the south end of the Kaibab between the South Rim and Flagstaff, AZ and never go above 6,530 feet. (Max altitude is near 35.68 N, 111.87 W)

3) Roughly follow Arizona highway route # 77 south from the Little Colorado River and cross over the Mogollon Rim at under 6,510 feet near Show Low, AZ. In the 110 mile stretch from Show Low to just south of Flagstaff there are multiple other routes over the Mogollon Rim under 7,000 feet.

4) Follow Interstate Route 40 east from Arizona into New Mexico and cross the Continental Divide into Rio Grande drainage at under 7,270 feet.

5) Back up the San Juan and Chaco Rivers (southeastward across New Mexico) and cross over into the Rio Grande drainage. (Cross the Continental Divide near 35.91 N, 107.44 W) at under 6,680 feet.

6) Back up the Yampa River and then roughly follow routes 13 and 789 north into the North Platte drainage in Wyoming. In the process you cross the Continental Divide at 41.487 N, 107.882 W at 6,730 feet.

7) Back up the Green River into Wyoming and follow the Union Pacific Railroad east from Rock Springs, WY. Cross the Continental Divide at 41.63 N, 108.31 W at under 6,950 feet. A “prairie” route stays under 6,830 feet when it crosses the Divide at 41.656N, 108.420 W.

8) Follow the Union Pacific Railroad west from Rock Springs, WY and cross over into Utah’s Bear River drainage a short distance west of Kemmerer, WY. Stay under 7,130 feet.

   If you are an ignorant Young Earth Creationist, then the topography has had very little time to change, and you are forced into the contortion/delusion that the Colorado River/remnant lake had to flow uphill to get over the Kaibab. Of course the Creationists only have to have faith in Noah’s Flood. They are arrogantly ignorant when it comes to topography. They have “faith” that their lake could easily cross the 7,700 foot barrier of the Kaibab and ignore the lower escape routes.

   The topography was obviously different 5.4 million years ago when the Colorado River established its current course across the Kaibab. Five and a half million years ago, the Kaibab was significantly lower, and the terrain to the east of the Kaibab was higher. Over the intervening 5.4 million years, there has been a renewed uplift of the Kaibab combined with over one thousand feet of erosion to the east of the Kaibab (e.g. at Cameron, AZ). Today’s topography is the result of geologic changes that have taken place in the last five and a half million years.

      If you are interested in the geologic history, please see “Evolution of the Colorado River” at  http://www.durangobill.com/Paleorivers_preface.html . Some 5.4 million years ago, the river’s route was downhill all the way. We’ll leave the “flow uphill” delusions to the willfully ignorant Creationists.




Sedimentary Layers in the Grand Canyon

   The Creationists insist that all the Paleozoic sedimentary layers that we see in the Grand Canyon were laid down during Noah’s Flood. So far, four thousand feet of sediments. There’s another 4,000 feet of Triassic and Jurassic sediments that were eroded away from the Grand Canyon area long ago, but they can be seen in other areas such as Zion National Park. You can add several more thousands of  feet on top of this (e. g. The Mesa Verde Group - visit Mesa Verde National Park). All of this is on top of 14,000 feet of sedimentary layers that are present in the Grand Canyon Supergroup. Altogether, we’ve got an easy 25,000 to 30,000-foot accumulation of sediments. If the Noah’s Flood story is going to be true, all of this has to be eroded from somewhere, transported to the Grand Canyon/Colorado Plateau and laid down during “the Flood”. (Let’s say one year, max.). In any case, the water would have to be pretty murky as it would need enough mud to have 100 feet of sediments settle out per day.

   Whales eat by swimming through the ocean and opening their mouths to gulp/eat many thousands of pounds of plankton and small fish per day. (e.g. see “All about Whales” http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/species/Bluewhale.shtml ). However, if the water were this muddy, they would be eating many thousands of pounds of mud per day. Perhaps Noah had a (very) large aquarium aboard the ark where he kept the whales. (And the sharks,…)

   Or, perhaps, the Creationists have a deep psychological need to believe, and this “deep psychological need” overrides answering “the tough questions”.



The Angular Unconformity in the Grand Canyon

   The picture below illustrates the famous angular unconformity in the Grand Canyon. The original photograph was taken by Edwin McKee, and the USGS has a larger version at: http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/show_picture.cgi?ID=ID.%20McKee,%20E.D.%20%20280ct
 
The angular unconformity in the Grand Canyon.   The view is part of what you see if you look north from Moran Point (popular viewpoint) on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The highlights of the photograph include a horizontal layer of Tapeats Sandstone on top of the tilted layers of the Grand Canyon Supergroup. The Colorado River is at the bottom of the picture. Let’s compare a geologic explanation for the angular unconformity (a horizontal layer on top of tilted layers) vs. what might happen if you ask a willfully ignorant creationist for an explanation. A brief synopsis of the geologic story follows:

1) Starting about 1.2 billion years ago, thousands of feet of limestone, silt, and volcanic rock (black layer) were laid down in multiple horizontal layers to form the Grand Canyon Supergroup.

2) Starting about 800 million years ago, these layers were uplifted and subjected to tensional stretching. The surface rock fractured into blocks - some of which were faulted downward and tilted in the process. Most of the rest of the Grand Canyon Supergroup was eroded away by surface erosion, but the tilted layers which had been faulted downward were safely below surface erosion.

3) Erosion beveled the surface to a nearly horizontal plane, but the tilted layers of the Grand Canyon Supergroup that had been faulted downward out of harms way were preserved.

4) About 570 million years ago, this portion of the North American continent subsided below sea level, and thousands of feet of new horizontal sedimentary layers were deposited on top of the old beveled surface. (Which included the top of the preserved tilted layers of the Grand Canyon Supergroup.) The first of these new layers was the Tapeats Sandstone

5) There were multiple episodes of sedimentary deposition and above sea level erosion over the next 500 million years, but the Grand Canyon area has been above sea level for the last 70 million years.

6) About 5.4 million years ago, the Colorado River established its current course, and subsequent erosion has sliced a deep canyon that allows us to see a major portion of the whole story.

   Multiple other angular unconformities exist throughout the world. Photographs of many of these can be seen by running a Google image search using:   angular unconformity


   Now, let’s suppose that you ask a Young Earth Creationist how an angular unconformity is produced. You might get a 3-word reply - “God did it.” You might even get a 4-word reply - “Noah’s Flood did it”. If you ask HOW “God did it” or “Noah’s Flood did it”, in all probability they will accuse you of being an agent of Satan. They will assert that you will face eternal damnation because you are attempting to deny their “deep psychological need to believe” in an “all powerful father” who will protect them from the real world. Frequently, this is accompanied by some obscure quote from the Bible.

   And then they will run someplace else and proclaim that their faith has protected them from another agent of Satan.



Green River Shale

   The photo below by Kevin Delaney of Salt Lake City, Utah shows a 2,000-foot thick section of the Green River Shale as seen in Desolation Canyon, Utah. (Animals on the far side of the river are cows.) The Green River Formation was deposited long after the sedimentary layers in the Grand Canyon were deposited.

Photograph shows thousands of layers in the Green River Shale.

   Note the thousands of visible layers that extend for many miles. The Green River Formation has millions of varves - alternating layers of silt deposited during seasonal variations in water/silt flow. How could these millions of layers that extend uniformly over many miles be deposited in a flood that lasted less than a year?

Please see http://www.durangobill.com/DesolationCanyon.html for more information on Desolation Canyon.

Varves as seen at Little River State Park in Vermont   Varves are common in sedimentary rock layers. The picture to the right is a close-up view of relatively thick varves (Green River varves are much thinner) that show up in Little River State Park in Vermont. (Photo courtesy of the Vermont Geologic Society.) Each layer in the sequence represents an annual deposition pattern that was deposited in a body of water. (Typically a lake) Seasonal variations in water flow (e.g. spring runoffs) wash sediments into the body of water. Larger particles settle out quickly while smaller particles take months to settle out. The size and difference in composition of the particles produces alternating layers. Seasonal variations in the amount of organic material also contribute to the color differences. Each light-colored layer fades into a dark layer to form a couplet. Each couplet is a record of one year’s deposits. In each subsequent year, a new couplet is deposited on top of the previous year’s couplet. The sequence is repeated over multiple years. How could a single “Noah’s Flood” event produce these bands?



Creationists' reaction to evidence   How do creationists respond to this kind of evidence? Typically, they “squeeze eyes shut” and yell “Does not” until out of frustration you give up and go away. Then they will claim “victory” because you haven’t convinced them that their “flood” is pure fiction.

“Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon; it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory.”





A quote from “The God Delusion”

“Faith (belief without evidence) is a virtue. The more your beliefs defy the evidence, the more virtuous you are. Virtuoso believers who can manage to believe something weird, unsupported and insupportable, in the teeth of evidence and reason, are especially highly rewarded.”

Given the Creationists’ fear of the real world (see below), they are more apt to “spout” from the first half of Matthew 6:13. (Hint: “…deliver us from evil”)





Do you want to known why Creationists can't learn anything from scientific evidence?

   Is there any possibility that Creationists will ever be able to learn anything from scientific evidence? The answer is: “Not likely”. There are large numbers of people who choose to be willfully ignorant, and there is always the scientifically ignorant Ken Ham (and his Creation “Museum”) who revels in catering to the ignorant.
For example, see:
“Once again, creation science advocate Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis is showing his willful ignorance of old earth belief.” http://www.answersincreation.org/rebuttal/aig/daily/2005/20050912_ham_truth.htm
“Ken Ham “I bask in the praise of the ignorant””
http://hjhop.blogspot.com/2008/11/ken-ham-i-bask-in-praise-of-ignorant.html

Just imagine how easy it must be for half-wit Ken Ham to puff up his own ego when his audience is composed of TOTAL dimwits. For more on “Ignorant Ken Ham” please see: http://lists.topica.com/lists/ii_errancy/read/message.html?sort=d&mid=805451894



Creationism and Abiotic Oil
  
   Ignorance of geology seems to be a common trait shared by both Young Earth Creationists and believers in “Abiotic oil”. The rapidly approaching peak (and subsequent decline) in world oil production due to geologic limits is covered on the Great Rollover and other pages - including the myth of “Abiotic oil”. The “Abiotic oil” people believe that somehow the earth will supply an infinite amount of oil. They believe that “the earth” will provide. You can substitute the words “God” and/or “the Intelligent Designer” for “the earth”. Both the Abiotic oil believers and the Creationists illustrate a faith that has no basis in reality.



Willful Misrepresentation and Deceitfulness by Creationists

   A common tactic used by Creationists is deliberate misrepresentation of reality to promote their own beliefs. Under the guise of “Creation Science”, and “(Un)Intelligent Design” creationism, they present their religious dogmas as if they were real science. One of their favorites is to claim that gully erosion in the Mt. St. Helens ash debris is equivalent to formation of the Grand Canyon.

3-D computer generated picture of Mt. St. Helens, WA.

   The picture above is a view looking southeast from the North Toutle River toward Mt. St. Helens (top center). Coldwater and Spirit Lakes can be seen in the upper left corner. Contour intervals are 50 ft. and viewpoint generation and scale exactly match the pictures used in the 3-D Grand Canyon Tour except the viewing angle has been reduced from 30 deg. to 20 deg.

   Volcanic ash, mudflows, and misc. debris associated with and following the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption have partially filled the valley of the North Toutle River which runs from the north (left) side of Mt. St. Helens to the lower edge. The former riverbed was buried under these ash/mudflows, but in this view, the river is gradually reestablishing itself as the blue line on the right (south) side of the filled valley.

   If you look closely along and near the river, you will see a series of small “indentations” in the contour lines that represent more recent gully erosion in the ash/mudflows that have partially filled the valley of the North Toutle River. Steven Austin (Note 1), a popular Creationist (who also tries to claim geologic respectability), calls this series of “indentations” the “Grand Canyon of the Toutle River”. According to the Creationists, this gully is suppose to be evidence that a catastrophic flood formed the Grand Canyon. (Note: The Colorado River has taken about 5.4 million years to cut down thousands of feet through solid rock to form the Grand Canyon.)

   The Creationists assert that short-term gully erosion caused by mud flows (i.e. lahars) is equivalent to the 5.4 million year old Grand Canyon. Click here for a photograph and more information about lahars. Please compare the above picture and the USGS photo with any/all of the 70 pictures that were needed to illustrate the 3-D Tour of the Grand Canyon. Then draw your own conclusion as to whether the two geologic features have similar origins.

   The Creationists claim this “Grand Canyon of the Toutle River” is 1/40th the size of the real Grand Canyon. Either Creationists fantasize about the real world or Creationists lie - your choice. Photographic evidence that there is no “Grand Canyon of the Toutle River” can be seen at: http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/Images/debris_aval_images.html

   Alternately, you can download “Google Earth” for free and use it to search for the “Grand Canyon of the Toutle River”. (Hint: You aren’t going to find something that doesn’t exist.)

Note 1: Steven (Steve) Austin has marketed video/VHS titles such as “Grand Canyon: Monument to the Flood”, “The Grand Canyon Catastrophe”, & “Mount St. Helens” as well as his Creationist book “Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe”. Steve Austin has also been caught willfully lying to a Grand Canyon National Park Research Coordinator. “I am sorry to learn Steve Austin is not being truthful



The Deceitfulness of Ray Comfort

After weeks of practice, Ray Comfort finally mastered the art of peeling a banana.   Ray Comfort (The “banana-man” preacher from Living Waters Ministry) is a classic poster child for the Deceitfulness of Creationism / Creationists. Ray has hijacked Darwin’s original book “(On) The Origin of Species” and reissued a bastardized version. The new version has a lengthy introduction by Ray which promotes ignorant Creationism. It is a typically creationist, factually inaccurate, example of “Lying for God”. The result is a book that steals Darwin’s original title and then presents a complete misrepresentation of Darwin’s original evidence for evolution.

(Please place mouse arrow over the “Ray Comfort Ignorance” “motivational poster” for more info.)

   If you write your own book, you can honestly present your own information. If you distort and willfully misrepresent someone else’s creative work, it is blatantly dishonest. Ray Comfort’s stunt reeks of someone who has an “Attention Addiction” problem, but personal problems are a poor excuse for being dishonest.
(From: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Attention%20Addiction
Attention Addiction or an Attention Addict is a person who often does stupid things to get attention.)

   Willful misrepresentation is standard operating procedure for Creationists. They frequently extract portions of legitimate scientific work, and then use these extracts in a manner that misrepresents the original meaning. (For example, see the “Misrepresentation of statements by scientific experts” section in http://www.durangobill.com/Swindle_Swindle.html .) The process is frequently referred to as “quote mining”.

   Creationists don’t engage in original research work. Their modus operandi consists of trying to discredit legitimate work that has been done by honest people. Whatever happened to “Thou shalt not bear false witness”?

(But then again, Creationists consider it a virtue to “bear false witness” for their cause - and continually practice this “art” until they become experts at it.)



Willful Ignorance is a Disservice to Students.


Creationism is NOT the alternative to Evolution - Ignorance Is



Political agendaism by the Texas Board of Education

   Political tribalism to teach willful ignorance has been dominant in the Texas Board of Education for years. Here’s a quote (in a video) from Don McLeroy - a fanatical creationist and former head of the Texas Board of Education.
“Someone has to stand up - to experts!” (1 minute into the video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzrUt9CHtpY



Study Creationism - forget about a good job! “Don’t pray in our schools, and we won’t think in your churches” – unknown

   The greatest damage that results from “Creationism” is that it teaches students that saying “God did it” or “Noah’s Flood did it” is equivalent to getting a college degree. We will need medical researchers to develop future drugs to fight diseases. If today's students are convinced that evolution is a fallacy, will they have the knowledge to keep up with the evolutionary mutations of the many bacteria and viruses? Will future medical care improve if we include “faith healing” as required courses in medical schools? Will students that do not understand basic mathematics or physics be able to design future automobiles, power plants, etc.?




Education "standards" in Louidiana.

The cartoon above was original posted on PZ Myers’ webpage under the title:
“Everyone is entitled to a bad education”
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/07/everyone_is_entitled_to_a_bad.php


   Ignorant students grow up to become ignorant adults. For example, the following quote originally appeared Aug. 30, 2005 in the New York Times. (Copy at: http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t366399.html)

Scientific Savvy?
In U.S., Not Much

   Dr. Miller's data reveal some yawning gaps in basic knowledge. American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century.

“One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth” (Use this quote for a Google search if you can not directly access the above article)

   For the year 2005, the number of students graduating with engineering degrees in China was 5 times larger than the number of students graduating with engineering degrees in the U.S.

“The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 48th in quality of mathematics and science education.”
Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 - Executive Summary
National Academies Press: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12999




Creationists are not only scientifically ignorant they are also ignorant about the Bible.

From: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/01/AR2007030102073.html

Blind Faith
Americans believe in religion -- but know little about it.


“Americans are also the most religiously ignorant people in the Western world. Fewer than half of us can identify Genesis as the first book of the Bible, and only one third know that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.”

In short, Creationists are just plain ignorant, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to force their faith based ignorance into our school systems.




Miranda Rights for Creationists


Do it yourself creationism kit.   As part of their “need to believe”, creationists frequently have a “need to confess”. If you are a creationist and are suffering from one/both of these “needs”, then before you act in haste, you might want to learn the Miranda Rights for Creationists.

1) You have the right to remain silent.

If you state that you are a Creationist, most people will think that you are an arrogant idiot. However, if you insist on broadcasting your fairy tales to the world, you will prove the matter beyond all doubt.

2) Anything you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law.

If you say something really stupid (Creationists are prone to “stupid statements”.), someone will use your statement as continuing evidence that you and other Creationists are arrogant idiots.

3) You have the right to have an attorney present now and during any future questioning.
 
Lawyers and scientists understand the word “evidence”. Creationists don’t. You have a right to have someone present who can explain to you exactly what the word “evidence” means.

4) If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you free of charge if you wish.

Better yet, try the Internet. There are large numbers of other Creationists that will give you free “advice”. The free “advice” will be worth exactly what you pay for it.



“Logical Analysis” According to Creationists

1) God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell.
2) Sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.
3) Legitimate scientists are deceitful Darwinists and Evolutionists - except that you can believe and have faith in the delusions of “Creation Scientists”. (You also have to ignore the fact that the “Ph.D.” degrees of the “Creation Scientists” are mostly from Diploma Mills.)
4) The Grand Canyon couldn’t have been cut over millions of years by slow geological erosion, but drainage from a remnant lake could carve it in a few days - the same lake that ignored other lower escape routes but instead flowed uphill over the Kaibab Plateau.
5) Billions of years of gradual evolution couldn’t possibly produce a complex DNA molecule, but the Creationists’ invisible friend didn’t have a problem with a one day deadline.




Is the Willful Ignorance of the Creationists a Result of Fear?

   We can only speculate as to why the Creationists would want to be willfully ignorant. Unlike stupidity (not capable of acquiring knowledge), “willfully ignorant” indicates an individual chooses not to become educated or to obtain knowledge. Are the Creationists afraid of knowledge? Do they think Satan will get them if they don’t believe every word in the Bible? Are they afraid the “atheistic scientists” are agents of Satan? Perhaps, the Creationists think of themselves as superior to everyone else, and are afraid to find out they aren't quite so superior.

Note: There is a close connection between white supremacists and creationists. For example, please see:

1) “Other relatively mainstream institutions in which creationism and racism are intertwined include Bob Jones University” http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/rncse_content/vol22/9274_racism_and_the_public39s_pe_12_30_1899.asp

2) “Creationism and Racism” http://home.austarnet.com.au/stear/creation_and_racism.htm

3) “Bob Jones’s True Colors” http://www-tech.mit.edu/V120/N13/col13veena.13c.html

4) (Added Aug. 3, 2009) Lou Dobbs is a typical example of the close connection between creationists and white supremacists. Lou Dobbs has been promoting the birthers (“Where is Obama’s birth certificate”) issue on CNN.
The San Francisco Chronicle (among others) has pointed out the connection between Lou Dobbs, birthers, and white supremacists.

“Lou Dobbs home to “birthers” and white supremacists”
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail?blogid=95&entry_id=44806

Finally Lou Dobbs has stated: “The fact is that evolution, Darwinism, is not a fully explained or completely rigorous and defined science that has testable results within it.” - a typical statement by a scientifically ignorant creationist. http://mediamatters.org/research/200505130008


E.g. The creationists fear being genetically linked to “blacks” because “whites are superior to blacks”.


   Or perhaps the Creationists’ belief in the supernatural world is a mental refuge based on a psychological (primary contribution) and/or intellectual (secondary contribution) inability to understand the natural, real world. It just might be that in our technological world they fear having to make their own decisions, and thus they gravitate toward a father image who will make these decisions for them. If they are faced with anything they are not psychologically or intellectually able to understand, they turn to a simple answer that they are comfortable with - “God did it”.


Creationists are scientifically ignorant and fear reality

Creationists are scientifically ignorant and fear reality.




What causes a Creationist to be a Creationist?

The answer is:
Fear!

There are five primary fear sources that explain the behavior of Creationists. They are:

1) Fear of evolution.
2) Fear and hatred toward gays/lesbians.
3) Fear of women.
4) Fear of death.
5) Fear of losing their all powerful father who will protect them from their fears.

A separate web page at http://www.durangobill.com/Creationists_Fears.html goes into these in more detail and gives some examples.




The Three Top Questions to Ask a Creationist

1) If Creationism really represented honesty, why do the Creationists resort to dishonesty and deception?  (Please see “Arguments against Creationism” and “Evolution, Creation, and Lies” for details and documentation.)

2) If you are so proud to be a Creationist, why don't you include this information in your résumé?

3) (Why) Are you afraid of the truth?


Conservapedia and Ignorance of Gravity

   Earlier, we stated that Creationists are ignorant of geology. This ignorance extends to all the sciences as Creationists are equally ignorant of gravity. It is often useful to back up a simple statement (such as this one) with iron-clad proof. Fortunately, a new entry on the Internet has appeared that provides the needed evidence. Conservapedia ( http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page ) has been extremely helpful in this regard. As of 3/9/07 Conservapedia’s Main Page stated:

“Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American.”

“With your help, Conservapedia will continue to be an online encyclopedia you can trust.”

Conservapedia's entry for gravity

   The picture above is a Print Screen image (slightly reduced in size) of what appeared at one time in Conservapedia. Note the Feb. 22, 2007 date. Also note the level of ignorance in regard to gravity.

“Furthermore, experiments done by NASA prove that the Moon is receding (moving further away) from the Earth at a rate of 3.8cm per year, directly contradicting the theory that masses attract one another.”

   Perhaps someone should ask the “geniuses” at Conservapedia what the mysterious centripetal force might be that is preventing the moon from flying off in a straight line to who knows where.

You would probably get their stock, 3-word, 3-syllable answer - “God did it”.

   As in any “user wiki” environment, articles are subject to change. However, the above quote was still on the Conservapedia Gravity page AFTER Mr. Andrew Schlafly, founder of Conservapedia, had personally edited the page on March 7, 2007. (A Print Screen copy of this later version is displayed on the “What causes a Creationist to be a Creationist?” page. http://www.durangobill.com/Creationists_Fears.html) Thus, Mr. Schlafly was also ignorant of the fallacy involved. Subsequently, the above quote has been removed. (Out of embarrassment?)

   As for the 3.8 cm per year (which is true), one might hope that the ignorant Creationists might learn something about tides in the Earth’s oceans (and crust), and how the Earth’s rotation drags a tidal bulge out in front of a straight line that can be drawn through the center of the Earth and the Moon. Then you could analyze the resulting gravitational forces by Vector Analysis… Whoops, the gray glaze just came over their eyes as we used more than one syllable per word.



Why Creationists nearly always call real scientists “Evolutionists”

It appears that many YEC’s refer to all scientists as “evolutionists” because they quite literally:
1) don't know that chemistry, physics, etc. are different fields,
2) don't want to learn there is a difference, and
3) don't care that they don't know there is a difference.

Unfortunately, this is not a joke. Many (Actual, MOST) creationists misrepresent their educational qualifications. Typically, the “Ph.D.” degrees that they display usually originate from “Bible School” diploma mills.

“If someone refers to scientists as “Darwinists”, it is a virtual certainty that the “someone” is an ignorant creationist” – Durango Bill

“You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe.”
Carl Sagan
(or in current terminology - It’s useless to present evidence of reality to “Fundies”. They have mental problems that force them to believe in fairy tales. This “need to believe” overrides the recurring scandals of fundamentalist leaders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_televangelist_scandals)


Creationism and our Political Leaders

Republican Science

George W. Bush
On teaching evolution in schools, Bush believes both evolution and creationism are valid educational subjects. “He believes it is a question for states and local school boards to decide but believes both ought to be taught,” a spokeswoman said.
Source: Bruce Morton, CNN Aug 27, 1999

“Bush endorses 'intelligent design'” - headline from “The Boston Globe” http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/08/02/bush_endorses_intelligent_design/

(Also please see George Bush Misrepresents Science and Knowledge)

“I've heard the call. I believe God wants me to run for president.”
- George W. Bush, quoted in George Magazine, September, 2000

George C. Deutsch, a 24-year old presidential appointee (by Bush) to NASA tried to force NASA scientists to call Global Warming and the Big Bang “just theories”. It turns out his qualifications for his job consisted of working for the elect Bush campaign. Deutsch had also claimed that he had a degree from Texas A&M University. Similar to other claims by the current administration, this educational claim was fraudulent. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/politics/08nasa.html


(Former) House majority leader - Tom Delay
…youth violence is caused by day care, the teaching of evolution, and working mothers taking birth-control pills. The horror of the shootings at Columbine are easily explained, he says, because our school systems teach our children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial mud.

   If any candidate for any elected office promotes creationism (or its related pseudonyms), the person involved might just as well hold up a sign that says: “When it comes to scientific knowledge, my IQ begins with a decimal point”.


Senator (and presidential candidate) John McCain
“He said schools should be allowed to offer "intelligent design" courses as an alternative to evolution, a huge issue for many conservatives.” New York Times April 8, 2006

“In recent months, McCain has taken several steps to court his party's base: he has endorsed teaching intelligent design” ABC News   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=1642500&page=1

He has also misrepresented the U.S. Constituion. In a video that can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9izhjnaLa3M John McCain stated “The Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.” In fact the Constituion does not contain the words “Christian” or “God”. (See http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html ) The 1st amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

From the 1796/1797 treaty with Tripoli “the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion” http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/diplomacy/barbary/bar1796t.htm (Article 11)

Also: “Our Founding Fathers Were NOT Christians” http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html
“The words "Jesus Christ, Christianity, Bible, and God" are never mentioned in the Constitution-- not once.”



Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin
   From the Anchorage Daily News: “Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state's public classrooms.” Her exact words when asked about teaching Creationism in public schools were the classic Creationist answer “Teach Both”. http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/background/story/217111.html

   Also, as reported in Wikipedia: “While running for Governor of Alaska and asked about the teaching of creationism along with evolution in public school science classes, Palin answered: "Teach both. . . "” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Sarah_Palin

As for sending troops to Iraq the following quote is from Yahoo news: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080903/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_palin_iraq_war

“"Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."

A video of the speech was posted at the Wasilla Assembly of God's Web site before finding its way on to other sites on the Internet.”

Finally, guess who is the featured bible-thumping bimbo in the “JESUS, GIVE US A PIPELINE!” video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG1vPYbRB7k&eurl=http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/ ?
Hint: “The Sarah Palin Church Video Part One”




Consequences of Religious Ignorance and Arrogance

   If the Creationists/“Intelligent Designers” prevail, it will not be the first time that religious ignorance has destroyed civilization and thrown the world into one thousand years of “Dark Ages”.

   According to “Did Christians Destroy Classical Culture and Create the Dark Ages?” http://www.askwhy.co.uk/christianity/0780Bookburning.html

“The worst act of many vandal acts under Theodosius was in 391 AD when Christians pulled down the temple of Serapis at Alexandria which housed one of the world’s greatest libraries—said, at one time, to have had over half a million rolls—and scattered and burned the books.”

“In AD 391, riots instigated by fanatical Christians damaged the collection heavily.”

According to “The Truth About the Dark Ages” (http://www.hermes-press.com/DAtruth.htm) beginning about year 398:

 “Illiteracy became official Christian policy.”

      “In Alexandria in 415 C.E., a "Christian" mob, incited by the bishop Cyril, attacked a few days before the Judeo-Christian Pascha (Easter) and cut to pieces the famous and beautiful female philosopher Hypatia.  The "Christian" mob carried pieces of her body through the streets of Alexandria, finally burning her remains together with her books in a place called Cynaron.”

     “In 429 C.E. depraved "Christian" mobs sacked the world-famous Parthenon, the temple of the goddess Athena on the Acropolis of Athens. From 440 to 450 C.E., the "Christians" demolished all the monuments, altars and temples of Athens, Olympia, and other Greek cities.”

   “The bonfires set by Christian zealots reduced the science of a millennium to ash. In the new Christian tyranny all scientific thought which contradicted the Bible was suppressed.”

Thus began over 1,000 years of the “Dark Ages”.

For more information, run a Google search using all of the following.
Christian mob library Alexandria dark ages
You will get many tens of thousands of hits that describe what has happened in the past.



In the year 1600 Italian philosopher-astronomer Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake by religious fundamentalists.
Q: What was his crime?
A: Bruno stated that “Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve about these suns in a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around our sun. Living beings inhabit these worlds.”
At the time, religious dogma stated that the earth was the center of the universe and everything revolved/orbited around the earth. Bruno was sentenced to death because of this and other “diverse horrid opinions”.



   We are living in an age when ignorant Christian mobs are once again trying to replace science and knowledge with religious rituals. If we don’t learn from history, it WILL happen again!




(Un) Intelligent Design Evangelism

   If you are under the delusion that (Un) Intelligent Design Evangelism represents real science, all you have to do is Click Here to see the real origin of this theistic species. (Also see the archived Discovery Institute’s page at: http://web.archive.org/web/19961103063546/http://www.discovery.org/crsc.html)

Original religious logo of the Discovery Institute

   The picture above shows the original banner of the Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture - the institutional home of (Un) Intelligent Design Creationism/Evangelism - featuring the familiar picture from the Sistine Chapel of  God touching Adam.” (Courtesy of NCSE)

The Discovery Institute's original banner.

   The Discovery Institute is the home of (Un) Intelligent Design Evangelism. The founders (and prime financial backers) of the Discovery Institute represent “an extreme faction of the Religious Right that seeks to replace American democracy with a harsh fundamentalist theocracy” http://www.dangerouscitizen.com/Articles/1090.aspx



Questions for (Un) Intelligent Design believers

(Un)Intelligent Design "Science" teacher1)  Who is the Intelligent Designer?
2)  How did the Intelligent Designer do whatever he/she/it did?
3)  What is the (Un) Intelligent Design reason that humans have toenails, pimples/acne, an appendix, suffer from Alzheimer’s, cancer, etc.?
4)  Why would the “Intelligent” Designer populate the earth with trilobites, dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, “woolly” mammoths, etc. and then subsequently remove them?
5) Why does the Intelligent Designer cause/allow hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.? It seems the Intelligent Designer exists only when religious fundamentalists wish to promote their dogmas.

   Science tries to find answers to questions and uses real world evidence to support these answers. Why do the evangelists want to treat “(Un) Intelligent Design” as a science when the only answer they have for the above questions is: “An unknown Intelligent Designer did it”?

   In regard to virtually all the scientifically ignorant people in the U.S. who would like to promote “(Un) Intelligent Design Evangelism” as a science, isn’t it amazing that most of them actually have a religious dogma that they are trying to promote?

A final question: What do the letters   ID  iots   really stand for?
Answer: (Pick one from each group)
{Immeasurably, Incalculably, Infinitely, Incredibly}
{Dense, Doltish, Dumb, Deficient}

Note: A miscarriage is Mother Nature’s version of an abortion. Thus, if an “Intelligent Designer” is responsible for our world, then the “Intelligent Designer” advocates abortions.



From the Discovery Institute’s “Wedge Document”

What if the kids don't understand which version is pseudoscience?   The document states that (Un) Intelligent Design “promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.”

   A simplification of the Discovery Institute’s  phraseology in the above statement would be that (Un) Intelligent Design promises to destroy (the “we are not capable of understanding real-world of”) science, and to replace it with a “religious faith” consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.”

   As stated in plain English, the Discovery Institute wants to replace our democracy with a theocracy - with the theocracy being their own brand of religion. 

(Un) Intelligent Design - The delusion that personal ignorance is better than evidence.



(Un) Intelligent Design - a “Science” equal to Astrology - Michael Behe

   Michael Behe, the leading intellectual light of the intelligent design movement and author of “Darwin's Black Box”, would like us to believe that Intelligent Design is a science. He has also stated under oath that Astrology is a “science”. From the “Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District” trial, as quoted from the York Daily Record “Behe's 15th-century science” http://ydr.com/story/mike/90330/

“Eric Rothschild, attorney for the plaintiffs, asked Behe about whether astrology was science. And Behe, after hemming and hawing and launching into an abbreviated history of astrology and science, said, under his definition, it is.”

Also please see: “Astrology is scientific theory, courtroom told” http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8178

The following is an exact quote from the court transcript.
http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/Day11PMSession.pdf  Page 39, Lines 6 - 9

Q But you are clear, under your definition, the definition that sweeps in intelligent design, astrology is also a scientific theory, correct?
A Yes, that s correct.


   Thus one of the primary proponents of “Intelligent Design” has stated under oath that “Intelligent Design” is no more “scientific” than the astrology/horoscope columns that appear in newspaper tabloids.


    There is a postscript to the Dover trial that confirms the true religious intention of (Un) Intelligent Design. In Nov. 2005 (shortly after the trial ended) the citizens of Dover, Pennsylvania voted to remove eight members of the school board that instituted the (Un) Intelligent Design policy and to replace them with the “Dover CARES” candidates. Subsequently, evangelist Pat Robertson used his television program, the “700 Club”, to castigate Dover with:

  “I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover, if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected Him from your city, and don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin, and I'm not saying they will. But if they do, just remember you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, then don't ask for His help, because He might not be there.”


The judgment in the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District case:
“For the reasons that follow, we hold that the ID Policy is unconstitutional pursuant to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and Art. I, § 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.”
Page 3 at: http://www2.ncseweb.org/kvd/main_docs/kitzmiller_342.pdf

Federal District Judge John Jones: “The overwhelming evidence is that intelligent design is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism and not a scientific theory.”



Summary for (Un) Intelligent Design

   “Intelligent Design” is religious mythology. If you are not capable of distinguishing between reality and mythology, you have an unresolved problem in your educational background.

Venn diagram for (Un)Intelligent Design




Additional Information and Links

For an editorial from the New York Times on Creationism = Willful Ignorance,
Please see “Willful Ignorance of Evolution

The USGS tells us how and why it is known that the earth is about 4.5 to 4.6 billion years old.
Please see: “The Age of the Earth

NASA tells how and why it is known that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old.
Please see: http://apod.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030217.html

The American Astronomical Society has published an excellent booklet titled:
“An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time”. It is aimed at the grade school level and is available online at: http://education.aas.org/publications/ancientuniverse.html

There is an immense amount of information about the multi-billion year history of the earth and the universe at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of Natural History. (http://www.mnh.si.edu)

Measurements show multiple advances and retreats of glaciers over the last 750,000 years. http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/ice_ages/specmap_graph.html

The earth’s magnetic field switches polarity about once every 500,000 – 1,000,000 years. This produces parallel symmetric stripes on both sides of mid-ocean ridges. Animation at
http://www.wwnorton.com/earth/egeo/flash/2_3.swf

The National Geographic Society is tracing 200,000 years of human evolution/migration/ancestry via DNA analysis in their Genographic Research project.  https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/
Partially funded by IBM:  http://www.ibm.com/genographic/

The religious crackpots continue to invent stories to perpetuate their religious dogmas. For example, you can always check out the “Young age of the Earth & Universe” at the “Answers in Genesis” website.



Kent Hovind

Kent Hovind will be a guest of the Feds for the next 10 years.   Then there is Kent Hovind - the reincarnated animation of an old fashion carnival side show barker. “Hi there rubes. I bet I can tell more whoppers per minute than anyone else on earth.” Kent Hovind has a long history of operating in fantasyland. In Nov. 2006 he was found guilty of 58 counts of tax fraud.

   However, to creationists, Hovind is their hero. For more information on Kent Hovind, including his “claimed doctorate is from a diploma mill” please see:  http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hovind/

   Wikipedia has an article about Kent Hovind’s unaccredited “Alma Mater” at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Bible_University.

   The following quote is from Patriot Bible University’s catalogue. (I have a complete copy of the original “.pdf” PBU catalogue if/when PBU deletes the following quote. If you would like a copy of the original, send me an E-mail and I’ll return it with the copy attached.)

“It was the study for my dissertation that opened so many doors of opportunity for me to preach. Thank you for the work you do and the program you offer. Had it not been for Patriot [Bible] University, I would have had no way to even consider a degree. Plus, God has used you to motivate me in a much needed field of study that has been a great help to thousands of God’s children as I have preached around the country.”
Kent Hovind, Creation Science Evangelism, Florida


Kent Hovind's "Ph.D." came from this "school".   Kent Hovind’s claimed Ph.D. degree is from Patriot [Bible] University. PBU is another “Unaccredited Bible School”. If you just look at the online catalogue of any of these “Unaccredited Bible Schools”, you might not get a true picture of exactly what they represent.

   The picture at the right was taken by the author from a car window on French St., Del Norte, CO on Nov. 22, 2006. It shows PBU’s “entire campus”. I have more information and photographs at: http://www.durangobill.com/Patriot_Bible_University.html


“Fake degrees equal fake integrity.”
 -- Don Reasons



   If you are an ignorant creationist and are not qualified to get into a good university, what do you do?
Answer: File a lawsuit claiming “discrimination”.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-christian27aug27,1,7818465.story?coll=la-headlines-california




“Morality” as defined by the Bible and by the Evangelical “Leaders”

   One of the things that fundamentalists try to claim is that they are morally just vs. the “atheistic scientists”. If this were true then:

1) Jail and prison populations would be limited to just atheists. In practice it tends to be the other extreme. The following quotes are from page 229, “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins which in turn are quoted from Sam Harris’ “Letter to a Christian Nation”. (2004 election)

“While political party affiliation in the United States is not a perfect indicator of religiosity, it is no secret that the ‘red [Republican] states’ are primarily red due to the overwhelming political influence of conservative Christians.”…

“Of the twenty-two states with the highest rates of murder, seventeen are red.”


2) Evangelical “leader” Ted Haggard wouldn’t have had an ongoing drug and gay relationship with a male prostitute. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Haggard

3) Wikipedia would not have sections on scandals by television’s evangelicals.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_televangelist_scandals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Bakker
etc.

4) Bert Thompson, the one-time director of Apologetics Press would not have been fired for “sexual misconduct”. http://exchristian.net/2005_07_01_archive.html (Includes other similar items)

5) And of course the following statistical posting wouldn’t have appeared on page 21 in the Feb, 2007 issue of Playboy.

“Blogger Steve Wells has counted the number of people killed in the Bible. God takes the lives of 2,270,365 (not including the victims of Noah’s flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the many plagues and famines, etc.). Satan is responsible for only 10 deaths, those of Job’s seven sons and three daughters.”

How many has God killed?

“I kill ... I wound ... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh.
-- Deuteronomy 32:39-42”
http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-many-has-god-killed.html

And this represents the “morality” of “Our loving God” who commands “Thou shall not kill”.



Morality and Ethics vs. Religious Observance

   Religious cultists, and in particular Creationists, often assert that religion is responsible for morality - and without religion there would be no morality (with resulting high crime rates). It’s obvious that, as per usual, they don’t check the facts. Fact-finding studies have found that just the opposite is true. Countries that have high religiosity (e. g. the U. S.) have the highest crime rates while countries with low religiosity (e.g. Japan and Sweden) have the lowest crime rates. The following quote is from a study published in the Journal of Religion and Society: http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11.html

“[18] In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion in the prosperous democracies (Figures 1-9). The most theistic prosperous democracy, the U.S., is exceptional, but not in the manner Franklin predicted. The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developed democracies, sometimes spectacularly so, and almost always scores poorly.”

   Within the United States, it’s not the atheists who commit crimes. For example, see: “Atheists Supply Less Than 1% Of Prison Populations” http://www.skepticfiles.org/american/prison.htm

“In "The New Criminology", Max D. Schlapp and Edward E. Smith say that two generations of statisticians found that the ratio of convicts without religious training is about 1/10 of 1%.”

   In the U. S., over 10% of the population is composed of atheists. If atheists committed as many crimes as non-atheists, then the ratio of atheists within the prison population should also be over 10%. If you do the arithmetic, atheists are less apt to be a criminal than non-atheists by a factor of over 100.

   There are many more statistics at the above skepticfiles web site that confirm that crimes are committed by those who are religious, and not committed by atheists/agnostics.



Creationism and Kansas

Kansas education - Hear no truth, see no truth, speak no truth   As of the Nov. 2006 election, the creationists have once again been relegated to minority representation on the Kansas State Board of Education. However, radical fundamentalists such as John Bacon and Ken Willard remain. Thus the Board of Education continues to warrant ridicule until their influence is gone.


The Kansas Board of “Education”:
Hear no science.
See no science.
Speak no science.


Hayseed - Kansas - Creationism:
The triplet does have a ring to it.



The Flat Earth Society is alive and well at the Kansas School Board

But Kansas did “benefit” by adopting creationism as part of their education standards.
See “Ignorance is God’s gift to Kansas.”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,592-1619264,00.html
(“Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant”)

Prior to 2007, the Flat Earth Society prevailed at the “Kansas Board of Education”.





   Was the pre-2007 school board interested in helping students in Kansas get a better science education? – Nope.
Were they determined to force creationism and their brand of religious ignorance down the throats of everyone else in the state? – You betcha!

The Kansas science textbook

The above cartoon appeared in “Ed Stein’s View” in the June 11, 2005 issue of the Rocky Mountain News.

   If you ever wanted to see an example of ignorant religious emotionalism in action, all you had to do was to look at the State Board of Education in Kansas.

"Evolution" of the Kansas Board of Education

The motto for the Kansas voters who elected the previous school board - “Willfully Ignorant and proud of it.”


"American Gothic" as reflected by the Kansas Bored of Education

    Mike Keefe’s version of Grant Wood’s classic “American Gothic” appeared in the Nov. 11, 2005 issue of the Denver Post.

Richard Dawkins on creationists: “I don't think they read books anyway, except for one book.”
http://blog.beliefnet.com/reformedchicksblabbing/2009/10/richard-dawkins-on-creationist.html



Oh! Is this "Intelligent Design"?

And still more about the previous Kansas Board of “Education”

“If we are going to teach ‘creation science’ as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.” - Judith Hayes

 


Creationism and New Orleans

   “The Republican War on Science” (which includes George Bush and the religious fundamentalists - see amazon.com) has cost us one of the United States’ larger cities. Starting a few years ago, funds that had been going to the Army Corp of Engineers to maintain the levee system in New Orleans were instead diverted to the war in Iraq despite warnings that levee failure would doom New Orleans. By the time hurricane Katrina hit, New Orleans had lost some of its critical defenses. See “New Orleans Underwater” for details.
http://www.durangobill.com/NewOrleansUnderwater.html


Lying for God

According to the Creationists, “Lying for God” is perfectly acceptable. For example see:
“Lying For God:    Creation Science Exposed”
“A Response to Fraudulence in the name of Religious Ethics”
http://web.archive.org/web/20031226133632/astrosun.tn.cornell.edu/students/kornreich/lfg/index.html

or just run a Google search using:
“Lying for God”



Debating Creationists

“Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”
― Thomas Paine

   If you are thinking of debating a creationist to “defend science”, it’s probably a good idea to “take a rain check” for the following reasons.

1) As noted above, creationists lie. A creationist “debater” can and will make false assertions far faster than you can provide evidence to disprove these assertions. You will use up all of your time allocation giving explanations/refutations, and very few people will understand your details and facts.

2) A creationist “debater” is very similar to an old-fashion circus sideshow barker. “Step right up ladies and gentlemen to see the two-headed …”. Science is not hype and promotionalism with the intent to draw a large audience. Science is a slow, do-your-homework process where you present evidence to support your case.

3) The attention span of a creationist is about 5 seconds. This is long enough for a creationist to make a flashy assertion and for the faithful to believe it. Science is a much slower process. E. G. “Oh that’s interesting - now prove it”. Debates only allow enough time for a “5 second” presentation.

4) Creationists thrive on attention. If you participate in a “debate” you will be giving them the audience that they crave.

5) Creationists are always trying to achieve credibility. They try to discredit standard science, but at the same time they frequently use “PhD” degrees from diploma mills to try to gain credibility. If you have real knowledge, any “debate” will equate your credentials with their diploma mill degree. The creationists have worked a long time to earn their crackpot image. Why should you spoil this image?

6) You will not convince any creationist in the audience to give up their beliefs by participating in a debate. The only way to disarm creationists is to repeatedly ridicule and embarrass them about their scientific ignorance. This will erode their willingness to defend creationism. Then, and only then, will a creationist be susceptible to understanding scientific evidence.

“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, 30 July, 1816





Creationists never want a real debate. The want to preach.




Biblical Predictions for “The End of the World”, “Jesus will Return”, “The Rapture”

An example of "The Rapture" prediction

   For example: If anyone would like to place a small (or larger) wager on the above dates, please contact me and I will take the opposite side. I will have my attorney set up a binding escrow account for whatever funds that anyone would like to commit.

A billboard advertising the End of the World   One of the characteristics of religious fundamentalists is their constant/multiple forecasts of “The End of the World”, “Jesus will Return”, “The Rapture will save us”, etc. The “faithful” always believe this garbage despite a long history that the forecasts have failed. This is also an accurate guide to the rubbish “value” of Creationism (and its pseudonyms).

   In regard to these particular predictions, I will make two predictions of my own.

1) Starting on October 22, 2011, rational people will have still another piece of evidence to ridicule the irrational people.

2) Over the interval from May 21, 2011 to at least October 22, 2011, we will hear a lot of feeble excuses from the irrational people.


For a quick history of past failed “Biblical” predictions please see:
“Over 200 predictions and counting!”
http://www.bible.ca/pre-date-setters.htm

Alternately run a Google search using:
“End of the world” biblical list
There are about half a million hits which should keep you busy for awhile.


Also please see: George Bush Misrepresents Science and Knowledge.





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Some Insight Regarding Noah’s Flood (The Genesis Flood)

   The origin of the Noah’s Flood story dates back to Sumerian/Babylonian time (about 2,000 B.C., but this was still several hundred years after the “Step” Pyramid was built in Egypt). No one knows who the author was, or what evidence (if any) there is to support it. For a list of problems with a global flood please see: http://members.shaw.ca/tfrisen/evolution/Creationism/flood.html

   In any case, flood stories have been passed down via legends, Mesopotamian clay tablets, multiple language translations (and interpretations), etc. for thousands of years before being printed in present day Bibles (and there are at least 15 versions). All of this should be taken into consideration before you are convinced that every word in “the Bible” is an exact depiction of what happened.


Notes on “all the high mountains”

   Some of the YECs attempt to weasel out of the Genesis description, which states that Noah’s Flood covered all the high mountains. They claim that the high mountains were created after Noah’s Flood. As seen below, these people are ignorant of the Bible as well as not understanding geology. If they wish to claim Genesis is in error, let them specify exactly which verses in Genesis are incorrect:

Gen 2:14  The Tigris/ Euphrates valley existed in its present form before the flood.

Gen 7:19-20   The text specifically states the flood covered “all the high mountains”. If the mountains were low at this time, the word “high” would not be used.

Gen 8:4-5  The high Ararat mountains existed before the flood subsided. The ark came to rest on the highest portion of the Ararat Mountains ~16,800 feet. It took an additional 2 1/2 months of water subsidence before the remaining mountains of Ararat could be seen. According to Archbishop James Ussher, the ark landed on Mt. Ararat exactly on Wed. May 5, 2349 BC. (See: “The Age of the Earth: Physics vs Faith?”  http://courses.science.fau.edu/~rjordan/phy1931/AGE/age.pdf - Page 6. This link is a good reference source tracing the history of Creationism vs. Reality.)



From:  http://www.bible.org/netbible/index.htm

New English Translation
 
Gen 2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
 
Gen 7:19 The waters completely inundated the earth, so that even all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. 7:20 The waters rose more than twenty feet(30) above the mountains.(31)
 
(30) Heb "rose fifteen cubits." Since a cubit is considered by most authorities to be about eighteen inches, this would make the depth 22.5 feet. This figure might give the modern reader a false impression of exactness, however, so in the translation the phrase "fifteen cubits" has been rendered "more than twenty feet."
(31) Heb "the waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward and they covered the mountains." Obviously, a flood of twenty feet did not cover the mountains; the statement must mean the flood rose about twenty feet above the highest mountain.
 
Gen 8:4 On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on one of the mountains of Ararat. 8:5 The waters kept on receding until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible.


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