People don’t realise how stupid creationism really is.
So I will cut and paste some creationist gems here.
Ray Comfort: “Behold, the atheists’ nightmare. Now if you study a well-made banana, you’ll find, on the far side, there are 3 ridges. On the close side, two ridges. If you get your hand ready to grip a banana, you’ll find on the far side there are three grooves, on the close side, two grooves. The banana and the hand are perfectly made, one for the other. Y ou’ll find the maker of the banana, Almighty God, has made it with a non-slip surface. It has outward indicators of inward contents – green, too early – yellow, just right – black, too late. Now if you go to the top of the banana, you’ll find, as with the soda can makers have placed a tab at the top, so God has placed a tab at the top. When you pull the tab, the contents don’t squirt in your face. You’ll find a wrapper which is biodegradable, has perforations. Notice how gracefully it sits over the human hand. Notice it has a point at the top for ease of entry. It’s just the right shape for the human mouth. It’s chewy, easy to digest and its even curved toward the face to make the whole process so much easier. Seriously, Kirk, the whole of creation testifies to the genius of God’s creation.”
There are a few possible responses for Mr. Comfort:
Response 1: “Now if you study a well-made male’s anus, you’ll find adjacent to anterior side of the interior wall a small organ called a prostate gland.”
Response 2: “Well, the banana isn’t the only thing that fits the human hand and is also curved towards the mouth.”
Response 3: “The gene-pool within wild Musa species and represented in the cultivars has the diversity to meet the challenges faced by banana breeders and its characterization is a key to making better use of the biodiversity. Effective plant breeding requires knowledge of Musa genome evolution and structure (Dolezel and Bartos, 2005), complemented with functional genomics, allowing bioinformatics and gene discovery. Understanding the evolution of the banana genome through the DNA changes, hybridization and polyploidy in the past will allow prediction of how genomes will change in the future, whether under natural evolutionary processes, or the accelerated processes of plant breeding. New data are allowing us to exploit comparative genomics to gain an understanding of Musa genetics, and the complete DNA sequence of a Musa species would be valuable for both fundamental research and for application in future improvement of the crop, enabling access to all the genes and their control sequences. The genetic understanding and development of tools means there are prospects for ‘new generations’ of super-domestication through breeding technology involving sexual hybridization, mutation breeding and targeted transformation approaches…” [This response is not recommended as creationists don’t care about science].
The wild banana, before evolution by artificial selection.
Here’s another gem:
Ken Ham: “Dinosaurs first existed around 6,000 years ago. God made the dinosaurs, along with the other land animals, on Day 6 of the Creation Week (Genesis 1:20-25,31). Adam and Eve were also made on Day 6—so dinosaurs lived at the same time as people, not separated by eons of time. Dinosaurs could not have died out before people appeared because dinosaurs had not previously existed; and death, bloodshed, disease, and suffering are a resultof Adam’s sin … Whether one is an evolutionist or accepts the Bible’s account of history, the evidence for dinosaurs is the same. All scientists have the same facts—they have the same world, the same fossils, the same living creatures, the same universe.”
You see, Mr. Ham, coining the word “evolutionist” doesn’t change the fact that the world is 4.6 billion years old. Next.
“One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn’t possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it.” via SkepticWiki.org
In case you didn’t get it:
From the message boards: “There are a lot of things I have concluded to be wrong, without studying them in-depth. Evolution is one of them. The fact that I don’t know that much about it does not bother me in the least.”
Or this: “If a finch gave birth to a elephant, then you would have evidence for evolution. Yet when finches stay finches, bacteria stay bacteria, adaptations are no proof EVOLUTION. How ignorant is the argument of evolutionists I have often heard – offensive lineman, look how big they are! As if a bigger human proves a human once was a moose, it does not!”
Or this: “The Cambrian Explosion shows virtually all creatures that exist today existed at the very start of creation consistent with the Genesis record.” — Don’t you just love how they pick and choose scientific facts?
Or this: “Why wouldn’t it be an evolutionary advantage for mothers to eat their young? I know it sometimes happens in nature…..but not as a general rule. As a general rule, mothers and fathers very rarely eat their young…even when they’re hungry. But wouldn’t an animal be more likely to breed if it didn’t starve? Mothers should be consuming their offspring everywhere in nature — afterall, it would advantageous getting that extra nourishment.”
Response: “You’re right. Babies are delicious.”
Ken Ham: Originally, before sin, all animals, including the dinosaurs, were vegetarian. Genesis 1:30 states, “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to every thing that creeps upon the earth, which has life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so. This means that even the T. rex before sin entered the world, ate only plants.” — Remains to be one of my favourites.
Not to mention the crocoduck or the peanut butter. Or this:
Ken Ham: “Just as God brought the animals to Noah by some form of supernatural means, He surely also prepared them for this amazing event. Creation scientists suggest that God gave the animals the ability to hibernate, as we see in many species today. Most animals react to natural disasters in ways that were designed to help them survive. It’s very possible many animals did hibernate, perhaps even supernaturally intensified by God.”
In other words. Magic.
Ooh, a classic.
Don McLeroy: “Someone has to stand up to the experts…”
Self-imposed morons. I’m done debating with you.