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I know I end up saying much on the subject regarding every supposed ex-atheist I can find, but it’s a subject that just keeps on giving. Just once I would like to find a now-Creationist and ex-atheist who actually understands evolution.

But it’s not this guy.

Since Darwin put forth his original theory, scientists have sought fossil evidence indicating past organic transitions. Nearly 150 years later, there has been no evidence of evolutionary transition found thus far in the fossil record. In Darwin’s own words, if his theory of “macro-evolution” were true, we would see a vast number of fossils at intermediate stages of biological development. In fact, based on standard mathematical models, we would see far more transitional forms in the fossil record than complete specimens. However, we see none — not one true transitional specimen has ever been found.

Either he’s intentionally ignorant or just lying.

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On FSTDT, we have our own saying that we took from futurama. When a fundie explains evolution or the big bang wrong, as not a single one of them has gotten it right, we say that or a variation thereof. For instance: the big bang does not work that way!

Evolution explains something observed in nature: species are not fixed. Through different environments in nature, species adapt over time into completely new types of animal. Or just die out, but the ones we care about are the ones that adapted.

Anyway, evolution seems to be a pretty simple concept, yes? Well, groups like Answers in Gensis have been fighting it since like the 1980s and still don’t have a firm grasp on it.

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Annoying title aside, there’s something that is about to make Louisiana go down the drain, quick. The dubiously titled Louisiana Science Education Act is about anything but science. I’m sure you wouldn’t have to dig too deep to find out that it’s endorsed by the Disco ‘tute and many other batshit insane Christian fundamentalist groups.

It’s another “Academic Freedom” front, which, as I’ve stated before, is not about Academic Freedom at all. Again, these policies that allow teachers to confront controversial issues are solely about making evolution seem like a fairytale and pimping their imaginary friend as the cause for everything. You don’t believe me?

This bill would allow:

  • Teaching of “holes” and so-called “gaps” in evolutionary theory which are really unresearched parts of evolutionary theory that will be tackled by scientists at some point in time. There are no “gaps” or “holes” in evolutionary theory.
  • Teaching that evolution is imperfect, and thus qualifies as a belief, similar to Christianity. Evolution, like any scientific theory, runs on data gathered through true research such as geology, archaeology, and genetics.
  • Teaching that evolution is controversial, and that there are really two sides, one side being creationism. There are not two sides on the scientific spectrum, as creationism, and furthermore, Intelligent Design, are not science. 99.9% of all scientists in related fields agree in full with evolution.

And much, much more nonsensical bullshit that the far right have become very successful in. The art of “Lying for Jesus.”

For everyone that doesn’t think this is a real threat, the reason you can survive tiberculosis, bacterial infections, the flu, even the fucking common cold, is due to knowledge gained by evolutionary biology put in motion by other fields of biology that rely on evolutionary knowledge. In other words, without evolution, you would probably be very sick or very dead.

Which is why this type of thought is not only the opposite of good science education, but downright dangerous, as I’ve outlined many, many times prior.

Even worse is that Gov. Bobby Jindal, possible Vice President candidate for John McCain, is a creationist, exoricst, anti-science, pro-creation buffoon who supports this stuff. I can’t see him denying it, so this bill or act looks as if it will make it into state legislation. I wish someone would step up and challenge it, but since it is fundamentally against the constitution, it will take one of two things:

  1. Someone picks on Creationism and creationists go on the offensive, believing that it would promote evolution, the big bang, and science over their imagination and ‘beliefs’. This would be the most pleasing part, due to the tables being turned on this dubious piece of legislation.
  2. We see another Kitzmiller vs. Dover case in the making when some idiot decides to bring creationism into the classroom in any form and forces it on the unwilling children, and then some smart Louisianian decides that enough is enough. This would be the most destructive; supporters of the act as well as creationists could then use it to substantiate the claims made in Expelled about “Big Science” silencing opponents to evolutionary theory. This, as you can imagine, would be bad.

That’s our special bullshit alert of the day, but it’s not over yet. One last thing…

  1. Kirk Cameron (Lying for Jesus: Kirk Cameron Edition)
  2. Dr. Jason Lisle (Reading Answers in Genesis: Probably easier when high.)
  3. Lee Strobel (Lee Strobel: Ex-Atheist or just ignorant?)
  4. Ray Comfort (Banana: Proof of creationism., Ray Comfort has a blog)
  5. Rhonda Storms (Fuck Rhonda Storms)
  6. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Newest Creationist Failure on our list.

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I was watching some Youtube clips from people similar to Kirk Cameron and his buddy Ray Comfort (who I’ll be blogging on shortly), and I found one of my favorite Creationist loons: Lee Strobel!

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Every Christian goes bananas for Answers in Genesis — and with good reason! Answers in Genesis is yet another thing most religious folks can read (and not understand) that sounds scientific and sounds sophisticated but is nothing of the sort. With my uncle Chuck, who is an avid follower of Answers in Genesis, he said that they confirm the Bible’s truth and it ‘makes sense’.

What Answers in Genesis was he reading?

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