To those who claim that we’ve never seen one species turn into another, I give you the Oklahoma University IDEA Club. It used to be known as the Creation Science Society. In fact, their webpage initially said:
Welcome to the University of Oklahoma IDEA Club website! We are no longer the Creation Science Society. Our new name is Intelligent Design & Evolution Awareness Club. That’s IDEA Club for short!
Voila, a perfect example of sympatric speciation that happened right before our eyes. The actual speciation event took place sometime between August 18, 2003 and October 5, 2003. Here is their information sheet about the Creation Science Society, from the wayback machine. It says:
We hold that God, conceived of as a personal, transcendent agent of infinite power and intelligence, has through direct, primary agent causation and indirect, secondary causation created and designed the world for a purpose and has directly intervened in the course of its development at various times (including prehistory, history prior to the arrival of human beings).
And here is their new statement, from the IDEA club FAQ:
Although Intelligent Design itself is not a religious theory, the IDEA Club at OU would like to recognize that while we do not have a specific religious affiliation, our mission statement does say that we hold “that the identity of the Designer is consistent with belief in the Christian God.” Our claim that life was designed by intelligence is a “scientific” claim, while our claim that the Designer is the Christian God is a religious one. For this reason, we promote Intelligent Design “as a scientific theory” but “hold, through other arguments, that the identity of the Designer is the Christian God.” These “other arguments” while logical and rational, are typically philosophical, historical, and religious in nature. The reasons we believe the Designer is the God of the Bible are not scientific in nature. Our beliefs concerning God do not rely upon scientific evidence and it is not our goal to convert anyone to Christianity by way of scientific argumentation.
The problem, of course, is that there are no transitional forms. The new species appears abruptly and “fully formed”, as the creationists like to say, in only a few weeks time. Someone get Niles Eldredge on the phone, I think I’ve discovered evidence for the punctuated equilibrium theory of creationist speciation.