Woo Meets Creationism6 February, 2009
As a kid, I was really into dinosaurs. I planned to be a palaeontologist. I tried to picture the world inhabited by the Chinle fauna. Or the late Cretaceous of Eastern Montana. I tried to imagine the world if dinosaurs were still around.
As an adult, and looking at my car insurance premiums, I’m real glad that, other than avian theropods, there are no dinosaurs. Hitting a whitetail is bad enough; hitting an Apatasaurus would be really bad. Mountain lions and grizzly bears see humans as possible food; working a forest fire with Utahraptors in the area would be damn close to suicidal. Though, Calvin’s dreams of T-Rexes flying F4 Phantoms? Could be interesting. (Though it would make Julia’s education a lot easier (and a lot more prosaic).)
Luckily, the temporal separation between humans and non0-avian dinosaurs is on the order of 63-plus million years. Here in the US, hitting a buzzard (did once, with my VW Microbus), turkey, or other large bird is the closest we can get to having a traffic accident with a theropod.
Or is it?
Objective: Christian Ministries (Warning: Extreme Stupidity Alert), though, knows different. The earth, since it was created in 5004 BC, is not old enough to provide 63 million years of temporal separation. Therefore, Apatasaurs, Plesiosaurs, Trilobytes and Velociraptors (which are guarding Noah’s Ark) all live. Along with Pterosaurs. And they plan to prove it. Really.
Here’s their plan:
The goal of Project Pterosaur is to mount an expedition to locate and bring back to the United States living specimens of pterosaurs or their fertile eggs, which will be displayed in a Pterosaur Rookery that will be the center piece of the planned Fellowship Creation Science Museum and Research Institute (FCSMRI). Furthermore, the rookery facility will establish a breeding colony of pterosaurs in order to produce specimens that could then be put on display by other regional institutions or church groups.
By doing all this, we hope to accomplish three goals:
- Support Creation Theory by showing the incorrectness of the philosophy of Evolutionism.
- Educate the population about Creation Science.
- Create excitement about Creation and the Bible in the public.
This is typical right-wing creationist claptrap. Notice the goals. They are not trying to prove a positive. They are not trying to find something new.
The goals are to disprove ‘Evolutionism’ and support Creation Theory (acually, all three goals are basically the same ones). I have to admit, this is a little more than most creationists are willing to do. They are actually going to go and find some evidence rather than just say, “I don’t understand, so God must have done it.” Go for it. Really. Beats hell out of actually being useful, right?