Creationist Lies and Deceit

One thing that’s always amused me is how willing creationists are to use lies and deceit to support their beliefs. I mean, if what they believe really is true, then why would they need to? The fact that they do so often have to do this is clear evidence that the facts are not on their side. A really great example of this is Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort’s special 150th anniversary edition of The Origin of Species—complete with a 50 page preface full of lies and deceit to “represent the other side of the story”. As well as the stuff mentioned in ZOMGitsCriss‘s video above, I note they also repeat the lie that Einstein believed in a personal God (plus the other scientists they cite lived at a time when not believing in God was unthinkable, and would have resulted in their death if they said so). Personally, I find their accusations that Darwin was a racist particularly outrageous, given that he was a great humanist, and campaigner for freeing the slaves conservative Christians wanted to keep in chains.

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Oh yes: a very big thankyou to Doug for the tip! More discussion this issue can be found at his blog.

  
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It is very obvious that you have absolutely NO knowledge about Christianity
and like other, seem fond of calling people of beliefs other than your, filthy
names.

Pleas take me off your mailing list.

  
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It seems you misunderstood what I wrote Mary – I have not called Christians “filthy names” at all. I’ve simply pointed out how they can often be willing to use lies and deceit to support their beliefs.

Still, after further consideration, I want to make it clear that I’m not talking about all Christians, as many of them are sincere in their beliefs (however self-deluded they may be). So as the worst lies and deceit are largely the domain of creationists (and they’re what this article talks about), I have decided to change the title of my article to “Creationist Lies and Deceit”, and change part of the first sentence from “how willing Christians can be” to “how willing creationists are”. I hope that’s clearer!

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Ah, the perceived priorities and privileges of the denizens of the Moral High Ground (MHG)! In recent decades in US politics, an aspiring celebrity could get ahead, in many scenarios, by turning an abrupt soldierly right face, and taking several smart steps. Ultimately such a demagogue would find himself standing, on opportunity, behind the podium before a semi-captive audience admonishing a very large group of people (recently embarrassed my some faux-pas by one of them) about what is presumed that the Bible said about people caught foundering in various states of chagrin. Let us make clear that such a MHG is a political venue, and a tool of certain people that expect their charismatic energy to prevail (as in making sales, winning followers, or getting votes) because of mental areas in which most of the audience is quite surely mostly ignorant. There are relatively few people who read enough Bible (or Koran, etc.) to really know quite exactly what the Bible (or Koran, etc.) says or doesn’t say, and only a few of the “Literate Ones” have some hope of honestly understanding some of what they have read. Few can brave the challenges of multiple language translations, confused historical records, censorship, and many kinds of impinging metaphysical, cultural, and mythological issues for serious effective scholarship.

Many people in these times seem to find themselves, at one time, both quite ignorant of, and yet remarkably vulnerable to, what Darwin reportedly said. There seems to be a big Darwin-related faux-pas still at large among us, even at this late date: This “screw-up” seems to make many folks forsake their nagging little child of Reason within, and turn, again and once again, for solace with various self-proclaimed representatives of the MHG.

  
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