Makin’ ’em sweat

Poor Adnan Oktar. The New Humanist published an exposé, and he and his organization are clearly freaking out. I've been getting several near-hysterical emails a day from the Turkish creationist mouthpiece, Seda Aral, insisting in many different font colors that the accusations are baseless and are a sign that the humanist movement is melting down. They've also come out with these stilted videos where Oktar goes page by page through the New Humanist.

Man. That looks like a really good magazine.

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And then the creationists have produced a web page that claims to address criticisms of Oktar. For instance, you may recall that in his lavish creationist book, Atlas of Creation, he claims that organisms never change; the bulk of the book consists of plagiarized photos, pairing a picture of a modern organism with a fossil that shows relatively little change. The classic example of his sloppy methodology is that one of the pairs is of caddis flies, and the modern example is this one, an artificial lure, complete with fishhook.

Well, they have an explanation for that now: uh, yeah, they meant to do that. It was a model, yeah, that's the ticket. They put that picture in the book intentionally, yeah, and they knew they'd catch Richard Dawkins. And then Adnan would get a date with Heather Locklear! Yeah, that's the ticket!

The claim regarding the caddisfly: Dawkins highlighted the photograph of caddisfly in Adnan Oktar's opus, Atlas of Creation as a great discovery. However this is the photograph of a model particularly put by the author in the book. Whether the photograph is of a model or not does not change the fact that this living being is still alive in our day. Desperate, speechless and bored in the face of the extraordinary evidences of Creation in the Atlas of Creation that invalidate evolution, Dawkins takes every opportunity to express this photograph of a model particularly put by the author in his book as a great discovery. By this attitude Dawkins, in fact, reveals the pathetic situation in which Darwinism finds itself. Caddisfly lives in our time with the same appearance its millions of years old fossil has. That is, it has not undergone any change. That is why Dawkins feels offended.

Yeah, evolution is pathetic, because they noticed that Adnan Oktar proudly and intentionally included a photo of a fake fly in his book! That doesn't quite explain why the creationists have been purging the photos in their more recent work, however.

They're very defensive about the Atlas of Creation, too. They insist that Oktar's work is respected everywhere.

New Humanist seems to be in trouble probably due to the extraordinary, real and scientific evidence submitted by Mr. Adnan Oktar to Darwinism. Indeed, due to this trouble the magazine made a very interesting comment and claimed that Mr. Oktar's claims are met with lampoon in the West. Yet the editorial board in question very well knows that Mr. Oktar provides precise and concrete evidence against Darwinism which is a theory that thoroughly lacks any evidence. Indeed for this very reason he is the one Creationist author whose views are most respected all around the world. Readers worldwide enjoy his books which are also downloaded in ample amounts on the Internet.

I hate to be the one to break the news to him, but the Atlas of Creation is widely regarded as a joke. I know quite a few scientists, and we've talked about it; receiving a copy of his book is an opportunity for mirth, and we kind of hope that he'll send us one…to laugh over. I felt left out for a while when I didn't get one, and a colleague gave me one out of sympathy—I've since felt some vindication, though, as they've sent me three more copies now, with different colors of covers.

They are a hoot. I should scan in some of the ridiculous arguments they make, sometime; the photoshopped skeletons to illustrate what evolutionists ought to find but haven't makes me laugh every time.

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