The cure for cults that want to deny others
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-- Fredric Rice

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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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In this text we find the bizarre cult explaining what their amusing euphemistically titled "Tenets of Scientific Creationism" are. The cult forgets to mention the fact that there's no such thing as a "scientific creationism" since the term is an oxymoron. Let's take a brief look of their "tenents" in extract, shall we?

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1) The physical universe... was supernaturally created by a transcendent personal Creator...

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It would be nice if they came up with evidence for this "creator" thing of theirs, wouldn't it? In fact the cult is admitting here that their notions are matters of occultism, not science since they lack evidence for their deity constructs.

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2) ...biological life... was specially and supernaturally created by the Creator.

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Which is merely a repeat of their previous unfounded notion.

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3) Each of the major kinds of plants and animals was created functionally complete...

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Which is once again another repeat of their previous notion. What we find is that no creationist cult has yet managed to explain what exactly a "kind" is and how it fits into the tree classifications of plants and animals. The classical Christanic mythologies uses the poorly translation selected word "kinds" and nuts are stuck with trying to pretend it some how has some meaning. And in fact the mythologies were written by ignorant desert dwellers who had about as much an education as creationists have. Specifically, very little worth mentioning.

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4) The first human beings did not evolve from an animal ancestry, but were specially created...

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Again, just anothr repeat of the cult's first claim. What no creationist cult has yet managed to explain is the previous versions of the classical Christanic mythologies which originally started out with the goddess Lilith and the god Adam. According to the early versions of the Christian Bible Lilith was given an Adam and because Lilith was sexually less immature than Adam was, Adam demanded of the Elohim pantheon a "diminished" wife which he could sexually dominate. The Elohim gave Adam a wife called "Eve" and Lilith went out of the "Garden of Eden" to form the "other tribes" the classical Christanic mythologies talk about yet fail to explain since the mythologies are heavily hacked up and modified.

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5) The record of earth history... is primarily a record of.. an even more recent global hydraulic cataclysm.

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This is the so-called "flood of ignorance" Creationists are well noted for. These nutters actually demand that there was a world-wide global flood because they actually believe the Epic of Gilgamesh mythologies in the classical Christanic mythologies they worship. The fact that there's no evidence for any such flood doesn't detract the nuts from demanding otherwise. They're known to look at rivers such as the Colorado River, look at the slow and steady work the river did to carve out the Grand Canyon, and then glibly and without any thought what-so-ever demand that it was a world-wide flood that dun it.

Nobody said these unsalted nuts were bright.

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6) Processes today operate primarily within fixed natural laws... themselves originally created and are daily maintained by their Creator..

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Which is another unevidenced notion that's a restatement of the bizarre cult's first notion. Without any evidence for these invisible playfriends of theirs, they can't demand what their invisible playments can do and what they can't do.

This notion, incidentally, is anti-Christian, having more to do with Ghnosticsm than fundamentalist right-wing Christian lunacy.

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7) The universe and life have somehow been impaired since the completion of creation...

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The bizarre cult thinks that the "Garden of Eden" myth in the classical Christanic mythologies are actually real history and so the "sin" that gets blamed on the woman in the male-dominated Summarian mythologies the Christian cult modified are some how a punishment by the Christian gods and goddesses.

The Mormon cult takes the insane notion one step further, claiming that human blood has changed over the centuries since the "Garden of Eden" myth. In fact science finds that human DNA has changed very little over the centuries with differences appearing in the DNA sequencing according to sexual isolation -- exactly as is predicted in evolutionary science theories.

Indeed, the atrophied evolutionary cast-off sequences in the DNA and RNA of all living or once-living things not only is predicted by all the contemporary evolutionary theories, the fact debunks the cult's amusing notion that evolution doesn't happen some how. The fact that each cell contains millions of examples of evolutional history of every species is apparently discarded ot-of-hand since the classical Christanic mythologies some how forgot to mention the existance of DNA.

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8) Since the universe and its primary components were created perfect... there do exist ultimate purposes and meanings in the universe.

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And to Creationists, that purpose is to try to find evidence to support their notions at the cost of truth, reason, and science.

What the physical universe whos science is that there's no "purpose" to existance or to life itself other than the simple fact that what is, _is_. The stark truth frightens unsalted nuts who are faced with modern science's truth that there's no Big Daddy looking fondly down on Junion, standing ready to cure a scraped knee or save the world from nuclear war.

What science finds is that the universe cares not one iota for humanity, for dolphins, for moons, stars, and planets. What science finds is that not only are no gods evidenced, no gods or goddesses are _needed_. The universe, humanity, dolphins, and the oribits of the planets and stars in all the galaxies all manage to exist without the help from gods and goddesses and that there's no "purpose" since there's nothing which can exist which could _have_ a "purpose."

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9) Although people are finite and scientific data concerning origins are always circumstantial and incomplete...

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The cult ends up trying to demand that just because they don't accept science which evidences the fact of evolution, they're free to deny it because nobody understands science. And in fact the various competing theories of evolution are well understood, demonstrably evidenced, and are not subject to belief or disbelief. Surely they're subject to acceptance or denial and in that choice creationists decide to choose denial.

So in other words, their "tenets" of "scientific creationism" all boils down to "gods dun it." That's not very convincing yet it does show the abject stupidity of creationists which verges upon insanity.

As an added treat, the creationist cult now tries to bifurcate a secondary set of "tenets" which wind up being a rehash of their first unevidenced notion of "guns dun it." Here we have offered in Fair Use extract the critical debunking of the cult's equally bizarre "Tenets of Biblical Creationism." See if you can spot any differences between the previous

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1) The Creator of the universe is a triune God...

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The ICR cult apparently doesn't know how many gods they have. They count them all up and come up with one yet in the same sentence they claim it's three. No wonder they're confused. Science finds that no gods or goddesses are required yet here we have the ICR cult trying to piece together the numerous gods and goddesses of the classical Christanic mythologies so that they end up with one god -- or is it three?

Some of the religions which Christianity is based on have multi-headed gods and demons. Janus, of course, is the two-headed god which predated the Christanic deity constructs. Kerebus is the three-headed demon dog that guards the gates of Neifelheim. In this the three-headed Christian god more closely resembles the demon that guards Goddess Hel's underworld domain. The Goddess Hel is also a deity construct which predates the Christian mythos:

HEL, in the mythology of the ancient Germanic and Scandinavian races, the goddess of the lower world of death. She was the daughter of Loki, the personification of malice, and was hurled by the All-Father into the depths of Niflheim, where she ruled over those human beings who died of disease or old age.

In the Middle Ages she became confounded with the kingdom she ruled over, and eventually the double conception was held to be synonymous with hell.

- The 1948 release of The American Peoples Encyclopedia

Here we have a Christian cult deanding they have a god with the heads more in keeping with the demons of the underworld.

And did you notice that this first "tenent" of "biblical creationism" is no different than their first "tenent" of "scientific creationism? Look closely and you'll find that this cult's "science" is nothing but religious beliefs firmly predicated in the denial of science.

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2) The Bible... is the divinely-inspired revelation of the Creator to man....

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Which accounts for all the contradictions and scientific blunders in the classical Christanic mythologies.

It's a good thing for creationists that their deity constructs don't exist. I would expect that any gods or goddesses who get blamed for such a pathetic piece of work as the collection of reworked and heavily buggered mythologies would be rather insulted for such libel as Creationists say about them.

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3) All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days...

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How's that for profoundly insane? Science finds that the universe itself is something around 15 billion years old and that the universe is on its expansion phase. If the universe is closed, the universe will fall back in on itself taking at least another 15 billion years. If the universe is open it'll continue to expand and, because it's been determined that protons decay after extremely long periods of time, eventually the universe will literally evaporate away.

The Earth has been determined to be approximately 5 billion years old and it's been determined that simple life forms were on Earth about 4 billion years ago; it took natural processes a billion years to form self-replicating molecular arangements, whatever they were.

Now along comes this bizarre cult to demand that the Earth was created along with everything on it in six days. They're demanding that evolution progress on a massively extreme scale. The cult ignores utterly the scientific findings that show that it took a billion years for even the simplest of self-replicating molicules to form.

The freakish cult also can't explain why the parallax to stars shows the universe needed at least 15 billion years to be "created."

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4) The first human beings, Adam and Eve, were specially created by God...

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It's not as if the cult isn't aware of the fact that previous versions of the classical Christanic mythologies contains the goddess Lilith. Indeed, denial of Lilith means the cult can't explain who these "other tribes" are the Elohim pantheon talks about in the mythologies.

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5) The Biblical record of primeval earth history... is fully historical and perspicuous...

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That's strange. I don't seem to find any mention of that anywhere in any of the versions of the classical Christanic mythologies I have on my shelf. Perhaps the ICR cult is selfishly holding on to versions of the mythologies which they discovered and want to keep to themselves. Or perhaps the cult pencils in things their gods "forgot" to mention.

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6) The alienation of man from his Creator because of sin can only be remedied by the Creator Himself...

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And in fact the notion of "sin" has been and continues to be one of humanity's most destructive religious notions yet conceived. When Christians weren't slaughtering Jews to "save" them from continuing to commit "sin," they were slaughtering themselves and their intellectual superiors to save _them_ from "sinning."

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7) The final restoration of creation's perfection is yet future... angels.

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<laughing> Yes, it's freakish. But this is creationism, folks. It is informative to note that the cult demands that its followers sign a statement attesting to their religious beliefs. In this "tenets" text which has been examined here in extract the cult has offered the following:

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All ICR staff members adhere to a Statement of Faith in the form of two documents: "Tenets of Scientific Creationism," and "Tenets of Biblical Creationism."

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And science is thereby ignored no matter how foolish it makes the cultists look to their fellow Christians -- and to scientists.

One of the more telling aspects of this bizarre cult is the insane notion that the fact of evolution some how has something to do with deity constructs. In this "tenets" text the cult offers the following notion for its followers:

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We believe God has raised up ICR to spearhead Biblical Christianity's defense against the godless dogma of evolutionary humanism.

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Amusingly, the fact of evolution says nothing either for or against gods and goddesses. The fact of evolution is simply an observed phenomena and the various coimpeting theories which describe the observed evolution of species says nothing about gods.

Note the audacity of this cult: Their gods not only created the universe, the Earth, and all life on Earth, their gods also created the ICR cult to warn humans about how evolution is some how hurting their gods' feelings or something.

Nobody said creationists were even remotely sane.


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"You can lie about ICR all you want." -- Jason Daniel Henderson

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Creationist propaganda is already self-debunking." -- Fredric L. Rice

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