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Creationist Cults

The notoriously bizarre Institute for Creation Research (sic) cult routinely publishes equally bizarre religious notions which they wish to pretend are some how scientific. This text file takes some of the cult's own bizarre publications and takes a look at them in extract to show just how nutty (verging on the insane) these "Modern Day Flat Earth Society" nuts actually are.

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Oh sweet Jesus, no, please no. Oh god I don't know if I'l be able to take this one. Hang on a moment while I get a Diet Coke and a fresh green banana before I have fun with this propaganda piece.

Okay, I'm back. One of the keys to reviewing creationist crap is to have some kind of feel for when one should make sure one's coffee or Diet Coke has been swallowed least some idiot notion one comes across in the cult's propaganda results in an otherwise uncontrolable spewing of one's refreshment all over the document as one gives vent to one's amusement. I must assert that since I've been at this work since about 1980 or so I've managed to destroy only a few keyboards so far.

Here we have a piece titled, "Dragons in paradise." The piece starts off quoting a bit of the classical Christanic mythologies, then morphs bizarrely into a discussion about the popularity of dinosaurs.

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The dinosaur mania of this generation is reaching a crescendo with the release in June of the much-publicized movie "Jurassic Park."

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Which, I suspect, was also a Satanic conspiracy specifically designed to deceive humanity and draw them away from the Jesus god. One of the many amusing notions that Creationists have is that the dinosaurs that experienced the last great extinction 65 million years ago were some how contemporaries to humans which have only been around some 2 million years.

Indeed I get e-mails from cultists demanding that there are dinosaur tracks along side of human feet tracks along a riverbed in Texas -- Paluxy "mantracks" these morons call them. Those are debunked all over the place so we'll not spend time here with them. Regardless movies such as "Jurassic Park" must irritate the living what-else out of creationist cults since they accurately depict the truth history of the Earth.

The Discovery Cannel on cable television, incidentally, produced a wonderful series called "Walking with Dinosaurs." The show didn't have a single human in it and, to irritate creationists even more, the ages of when the various species of dinosaurs once lived were given, they were given accurately, not a single one of which were younger than 65 million years.

I suspect that creationists feel that such science programs are all part of the evil, Satanic "evolutionist" conspiracy.

I like this meandering comment which quickly comes up, though:

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One wonders how many leading modern evolutionists were drawn into evolutionism through their childhood study of dinosaurs. Stephen Jay Gould, for example, testifies that he got his start that way, and he is probably today's leading spokesman for evolution.

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As if scientific facts needed spokesmen. But this is quite telling itself to wonder if the cultist is going to advance a conspiracy theory here. Presumably the Christian "Satan" god would love to finance these movies the better to which deceive generations of humans and thus keep them from buying into the ICR cult's bizarre notions. If I were the Satan god, I'd throw a little money into Hollywood, sure.

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What's going on here?

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It's a Satanic conspiracy, right? There's also some irony here:

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Actually, all the nations of antiquity...

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Which includes the Chinese who's culture can be treaced back through time as having existed well over 10,000 years. Creationists like to pretend there was a "world wide global flood" which is more commonly refered to as a "flood of ignorance" since there's no evidence for such a thing. Soe how the Chinese never noticed such a flood. Neither did the Egyptians which have a history going back further. You would think a civilization would notice its own utter destruction fro a flood, huh?

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...seem to have had a similar obsession with dinosaur-like animals they called "dragons." The Biblical writers, inspired by God...

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Have any evidence for this deity construct, George? You would think that a god could have done something about all those scientific blunders and contradictions in a book of mythologies "inspired" by them, huh?

It's a good thing these people's gods don't exist otherwise I'd expect them to be mildly annoyed at such stupidity being attributed to them.

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...also wrote about dragons.

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The propaganda piece continues to try to claim that when some parts of the classical Christanic mythologies refer to dragons, they're actually refering to whales. Then the cult goes on to see what zological records have on dragons, then winds up in an encyclopedia looking up dragons. The cult then mentions the large number of dinosaur bones and tracks all over the world. Good enough. Then we start once again to get stupid:

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Many geologists have decided recently that the age of the dinosaurs did come to a sudden end as the result of a global catastrophe of some kind, although there is much disagreement as to what type of catastrophe this may have been.

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A rise or fall in the overall temperature of the planet will do, as will the most commonly accepted perpetrator: killer meteor. Massive outgassing of volcanoes will do as well however there's enough solid evidence t-- even an impact point located -- to show that it was almost certainly a metor impact.

But, since nobody knows for sure, the creationist says "god dun it:"

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A great flood, accompanied by tremendous volcanic eruptions, with the implied resulting worldwide climatic change from subtropical to the present latitudinal variations, could well account for the vast dinosaur graveyards and trackways all over the world.

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No it couldn't. The fact that there's no evidence for such a flood puts "paid" to such an idiotic notion. The fact that dinosaur bones are sorted in the geological record according to definite dates as is fully predicted by evolutionary theories also puts another silver bullet through that stupid monster's heart.

If there was a "flood of ignorance," as it's called, dinosaur bones from all different species which never lived together (having been seporated by millions of years) would be piled up together. And in fact what we find is that dinosaur bones are laied down in the geologic record according to time, not according to random distribution caused by some imagined "flood."

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The Bible, of course, describes just such a flood that occurred several thousand years ago.

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Yes, but what kind of a frocking idiot actually believes that the Summarian and Babylonian mythologies depicted in the classical Christanic mythologies are supposed to be believed?

When you can find evidence for this flood of yours, do get back to us.

Thanks.

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There are now thousands of scientists who have become creationists and are convinced that the Biblical flood provides a much better explanation than the geological-age system for the phenomena of earth history, including the dinosaurs and their extinction.

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<laughing> Yeah? Where are they hiding? Mars? Can you imagine a scientist who actually has credentials and who actually pontificates within his or her field of experience suddenly start spouting off this occult crap? It wouldn't be unsurprising to find his or her colleagues making inquiries as to whether their fellow scientist had acquired a brain injury on their way to work, asking if maybe their colleague woldn't like to go have a lie down -- or a trip to the emergency room.

<heh> The propaganda piece continues trying to claim that dinosaurs lived "after the flood" they can't find evidence for, and that

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...would account perfectly for all the dragon stories, many embellished over the centuries with legendary accretions, but at the same time based on a substantial residuum of fact.

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Good grief.

Eventually the cult gets back around to trying to equate dinosaurs with dragons, quoting mythology which states that dragons will take over the world and deceive humanity "any day now."

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They -- all the world -- will "worship the Dragon!" And if we look carefully, we can already see the shadows being cast before by these coming events, when we observe the youth of the world so enamored of dinosaurs.

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Ah, finally the bizarre conspiracy theory all gets tied together. See, movies which cover dinosaurs are all part of the Satan god's plot to take over the world. Anyone buying any of this? Anybody wondering if someone needs to be sedated and treated?

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Satan is, indeed, still alive and well on Planet Earth!

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Have any evidence for this bizarre notion, George? How many gods do you have? You haven't provided evidence for this "Jesaus" got yet and now here you are trying to create a "Satan" god, George. Is there some reason why you haven't managed to find any evidence for any of your invisible superfriends? Right.

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Overt Satanism is increasingly influential, especially among young people, and so are witchcraft, astrology, spiritism, theosophy, and all the other occult "sciences," all of them based squarely on the age-old deception of evolutionary pantheism.

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Ah, it's all a conspiracy. "Evolutionary pantheism." <heh> I don't know but I don't think it can get any more stupid than that, folks. Oh. Wait a minute. It can:

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Furthermore, there are many New Age cults and even secret fraternities and lodges that, at least in their advanced degrees, actually honor Lucifer... as their highest object of worship...

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Yeah, and it's called the "Republican Party." <smirk>

Jesus, what a nut!


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