Dan Ely is a physiologist who supported the Ohio lesson plan that was defeated yesterday. In this skreed, the DI tries to make out that Ely – who testified in Kansas – has been unfairly represented as a creationist. Let’s look at the Kansas transcript, shall we?
Q: Welcome to Kansas. I have a few questions for the record for you. First I have a group of yes or no questions that I would like for you to answer, please. What is your opinion as to the age of the earth?
A: In light of time I would say most of the evidence that I see, I read and I understand points to an old age of the earth.
Q: And how old is that age?
A: I don’t know. I just know what I read with regards to data. It looks like it’s four billion years.
Q: And is that your personal opinion?
A: No. My personal opinion is I really don’t know. I’m struggling.
Q: You’re struggling with what the age of the earth is?
A: Yeah. Yeah. I’m not sure. There’s a lot of ways to measure the age. Meteorites is one way. There’s a lot of elements used. There’s a lot of assumptions can be used and those assumptions can be challenged so I don’t really know.
Q: What is the range that you are instructing?
A: I think the range we heard today, somewhere between 5,000 and four billion.
Q: You– you– you believe the earth may be as young as 5,000 years old. Is that correct?
A: Well, we’re learning that there’s such a thing as junc –
Q: Sir, answer –
A: — really has a function.
Q: Just please answer my question, sir.
A: We’re learning a lot about micro –
MR. IRIGONEGARAY: Mr. Abrams, please instruct the witness to answer the question.
CHAIRMAN ABRAMS: I think –
Q: (By Mr. Irigonegaray) The question was — and winking at him is not going to do you any good. Answer my question. Do you believe the earth may be as young as 5,000 years old?
A: It could be. (source pdf)
Maybe he’s not a young earther, but he sure as hell is ignorant about science if he thinks that the age of the earth could be 5000 years old. Any scientist who “struggles” with the age of the Earth is a creationist. Can somebody at who teaches physics in Akron please set this guy straight? He’s embarassing you.
(hat tip to rsr)