Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Worldnutdaily Disproves Evolution

When I log on to the Worldnutdaily, as I do every day, and see a headline that screams:

Finally exposed: The scientific impossibility of evolution

A smile spreads wide across my face. Especially when it comes with graphics marking it as both “breaking news” and a “worldnetdaily exclusive.” When you see such a headline you can be reasonably sure two things are true: 1) Ray Comfort is lurking around; and 2) he’s going to say some really, really stupid shit.

And he comes armed with one of the greatest weapons in the creationist arsenal: the fake conversation, the one that they claim to have had with some eminent scientist or some low-level apologist, perhaps on an airplane at some point, where their anonymous opponent conveniently says really stupid things for them to knock down. Like this one:

“All you have to do,” Comfort told WND, “is push them into a corner and say, ‘So, you’re an atheist?’ ‘Yep.’ ‘So you believe that nothing created everything, a scientific impossibility?’ And they’ll say, ‘Well, no.’ ‘So you believe something created everything?’ And they say, ‘Well, yeah. Something did, obviously.’ ‘So you’re not an atheist?’ ‘OK, I’m not an atheist.’

“‘This something you believe created everything,” Comfort continued, “do you think it was intelligent? I mean, could you create a bird or a flower or a tree or a blade of grass from nothing?’ And they’ll say, ‘No, I can’t do that.’ ‘Well, is this something you believe created everything intelligent?’ And they’ll say, ‘Obviously.’ And I’ll say, ‘Congratulations, you’ve just become an anti-science, knuckle-dragger in the eyes of our learning institutions, because you believe in intelligent design.’”

Gosh, I’m convinced. I retract everything I ever said about evolution being true. Thank you, Ray Comfort. Thank you. I suddenly feel the need to go eat a banana and watch Growing Pains.