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Answering a Disrespectful Critic: Creation Sunday, the American Christian Taliban & the R-Word

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On the eve of last year’s Creation Sunday, a critic from the blog Darwin Killed God at blogspot, was furious to discover that churches were dedicating a service to the doctrine of Biblical Creation.

His rant begins:

“I have to admire America’s Christian Taliban. There is no group of people more proud of their breathtaking stupidity.

Theistic evolutionists are evolution deniers because there’s no theistic [expletive] in evolutionary biology. Magic is not a mechanism of evolution. For this reason I have nothing but contempt for the preachers who signed the pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project because always they pollute the foundation of biology with their idiotic superstitious belief in a magic god fairy. They invoke god to guide, use, or invent evolution, as if a natural process couldn’t possibly work without a fairy’s magic wand. It’s impossible to be more stupid than these [expletive] unless of course you’re part of the American Christian Taliban like this drooling moron (Reverend Tony Breeden). It’s difficult to imagine how totally insane and [R-word*] a person has to be to throw out all of science to defend an ancient holy book full of childish [expletive]. This subhuman’s career depends on it. If he wasn’t an idiot he would have to get a real job.”

Note first that this evolutionist has zero respect for the useful idiots who’ve signed atheist Dr Michael Zimmerman’s pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project. Unlike some who skirt the issue of the incompatibility of microbes-to-man evolution with Biblical Christianity, this critic correctly notes that fish-to-philosopher evolution is an all-natural process that leaves no place for God. In fact, molecules-to-man evolution is an essential component of the all-natural origins myth. Thus, this critic and I would agree that theistic evolution is an oxymoron. Some folks say that evolution [a purely naturalistic process whereby life develops without the need for God] and creation [whereby life comes about by the direct action or fiat of God] are not diametrically opposed. Even in defining the terms [something an evolutionist will rarely do precisely because it so effectively destroys his own argument], it becomes obvious that evolution and creation are indeed diametrically opposed.
Of course, then this critic charges the CreationLetter.com and CreationSundays.com as being a part of the “American Christian Taliban.” Of course, this is simply ludicrous. Unlike the real Taliban no one here is America is forcing anyone else to do anything they don’t want to. Christophobes worry that some of us Christians who actually believe the Bible are interested in setting up a theocracy, but this isn’t the case. We do wish to retun America to a place where it is as tolerant of Christianity as it is an atheistic minority. This inequity of tolerance and progressive legal marginalization of the majority religion in America is frankly unAmerican! This being beside the point that no one is forcing any preachers out there to sign the Creation Letter or to dedicate their church service this coming February 12, 2012 to the Biblical doctrine of Creation. It’s simply a false comparison that betrays the critics fear and hatred of Christianity more than anything else.
This critic also makes the mistake of assuming that I am somehow making a living at this. Creation ministry and Gospel preaching are, well, ministries. Like a lot of good clergy in Appalachia, those I minister to cannot afford to support me so I kind of already have a job besides. I’m not in it for the money and I openly rebuke TV play actors like Joel Osteen and the cast of Trinity Broadcast Network for being so transparantly materialistic.
One of the last things that you’ll note about his criticism is that he uses the R-word. [In fact, he uses it and other expletives on his site to such an extent that I don’t feel comfortable linking this post to the original post!] By this I mean he uses the word retarded or retard as an insult [evolutionists also use the term “Creatard,” a combination of the words Creationist and retard]. It is grievously insensitive and hateful to use someone else’s disability as an insult. Furthermore, it is clear how the critic views persons with mental retardation, for in the same breath he spouts the words “insane,” “idiot,” and “subhuman.” It’s sad when evolutionists and atheists dehumanize persons with mental retardation by insulting others with this disrespectful use of their disability as an insult. It’s even more deplorable when conservatives like Ann Coulter [who should know better, even when refering to arch-evolutionist Richard Dawkins] use the R-word. Persons with mental retardation are made in the image of God… in a fallen world. They did nothing to cause their own disability; they’re simply products of Adam’s curse. When Adam sinned against God and incurred His righteous judgment, the rest of the cosmos suffered alongside him. Adam had been given dominion over all creation and when a king makes a mistake, his whole kingdom suffers. Yet just because they suffer more obvious affects of the Fall does not negate the fact that they are made in the image of God and are therefore worthy of dignity, courtesy and respect. Of course, the evolutionist knows this because his conscience [God’s law written upon his heart] convicts him of sin when he says such things… at least until his conscience becomes seared as with a hot iron from repeated ignoring of it! But in the atheistic and evolutionary worldview, he has no non-arbitrary moral basis for not using someone else’s disability as an insult. In the evolutionary view of survival of the fittest [Darwin’s 4th postulate], a person with mental retardation is subhuman for human beings are judged not by their intrinsic value but by their contributive value to society. Stephen Jay Gould noted the evolutionary notion of recapitulation was the basis of Dr. Down’s decision to label Down syndrome as “mongoloid idiocy” because he thought it was a throwback to the “Mongoloid stage” of human evolution. Gould also noted that the erm Mongoloid was first applied to persons with mental disabilities because it was then commonly believed that the Mongoloid race was not as highly evolved as the Caucasian race. Thus evolutionary thinking served as a justification for white racism and mistreatment [even sterilization] of persons with mental disabilities. Compare this with the biblical worldview, where persons with mental retardation or any other disability are worthy of dignity, courtesy and respect because according to God’s revealed Word in Genesis they are made in the image of their Creator God.
We at CreationSundays.com strongly encourage you to get involved in the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign at http://r-word.org, an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to get schools, communities and organizations to rally and pledge their support.
We also urge you to sign the Creation Letter today, affirming the historical veracity of God’s revealed Word from the very first word, and to begin making plans with your church to dedicate this February 12, 2012 to the doctrine of Biblical Creation!
-revTony
CreationSundays.com

Fact or Fiction? You Decide! by Felice Gerwitz

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The following article by Felice Gerwitz was originally posted in 2009 in reaction to atheist Dr. Michael Zimmerman’s Evolution Sunday.

Fact or Fiction? You Decide!

By Felice Gerwitz
Copyright 2009 Media Angels, Inc

http://www.MediaAngels.com

“What can one person do?”

That is a question I’ve often asked of the Lord. Yes, I know the Holy Scriptures are full of cases of one person who did the Lord’s bidding and changed history. Yet, I’m sure you’d join with me in acknowledging that I fall far short of the attributes of any Biblical hero. Still, I continue to cry out wondering if anyone hears me. I know I tend to be melodramatic but sometimes it is the only resort I have left. You’ll see what I mean when you read the following.

Well meaning friends, customers and recipients of this newsletter keep me well informed as to the state our world is in… that is in regard to evolution. This month was no exception. I was sent an article as it appeared in the February 13, 2006 New York Times; the article is “At Churches Nationwide, Good Words for Evolution” by Neela Banerjee and Anne Berryman. In a nutshell it explained that “Evolution Sunday” was celebrated by many churches. Pastors preached that evolution should be embraced and there was no conflict in believing this and being a Christian. Is there something wrong with this teaching from the pulpit, or is it just me? Why isn’t there an uproar among all Christians? Why aren’t we beating the bongo-drums of the internet and sending emails protesting this to the Churches practicing such a wrong, wrong event? Why isn’t there a grass roots movement among Creationists (like the petitions I sign online to protest other atrocities against Christianity) to protest this outrage?

It is one thing for people to hear evolution spouted as truth by those in the field of science. They can either believe it or ignore it knowing that these people don’t have the well being of their eternal souls in mind when they teach. But, what about men of God?

What are his responsibilities to his flock? I know each of us should be responsible for ourselves and study God’s word, his moral laws, and arm ourselves daily with the armor of God to resist the “arrows of the enemy.” Still, I am saddened to read that churches would celebrate evolution.

This month, Jill’s article on Creation centers on evolutionary hoaxes of the past. (For more detailed information see: Creation Science: A Study Guide to Creation.) Many times I read about these and I think (as you possibly do), how could the people of the day believe such nonsense. Well today, we believe much more because of what the intellectual community teaches us as truth. In South Korea a prominent scientist doing stem cell research fudged his findings. He showed an amazing breakthrough that his fellow Korean scientists were not able to replicate. It brought him wide acclaim and personal advancement. It was later found (after two years) that the scientist’s findings were false (which explained why others were not able to replicate them) and his career is over. But what damage has been done by his fraudulent data on stem cells? All we hear about from the science community and popular media stars are the wonders of embryonic stem cells and how valuable they would be to cure diseases. (Human stem cells have been proven effective, while embryonic stem cells have yielded disastrous and painful results to their recipients.) According to CNN this was the largest science scandal in history.

I humbly beg to differ. I propose that the greatest science scandal in history is teaching evolution as a truth. For years, scientists have emphasized that those who believe in Creation are uneducated, fundamentalist Christians and fanatics. Evolution on the other, hand is a belief that any “well educated” person would admire, and is considered a thinking man’s science.That, my friends is the greatest hoax of our time.

And at what cost has this hoax wrought for our times? We live in a pagan culture with modernism as a god. Many don’t or won’t, take the time to really study what evolution teaches. It teaches that “educated persons should believe that Creation, as stated in Genesis, is a fable for children.” Creationists on the other hand know this is an untruth. Once again, I admonish you as parents and teachers to stay informed and arm your children with material that will teach them the difference between truth and theory.

A scientist job is not to prove a theory is true. His job is to test the theory, look at the evidence, and to interpret data with unbiased eyes. Unfortunately it is difficult for this to happen in a fallen world. Because scientists fall into language such as “the evidence points to evolution” it is considered fact. Whereas, if pressed to admit that the evidence proves evolution without a doubt most scientists would agree this is an exaggeration. Yet, evolution has enjoyed its long sojourn as fact in the schools, public and private alike.

Happily I can report there are many intellectual scientists; many working at the Institute for Creation Research (www.icr.org) and Creation Studies Institute (www.creationstudies.org) that have shown, again and again, that evolution is false. I am not a scientist; I am an educator and a concerned parent. I read many articles that refute evolution on websites such as ICR (http://www.icr.org/). Only when we stand up and cry out to the Lord to give us the confidence, courage and intellect to do battle for Him will we be heard. Let’s join forces, you and I, as we teach a young generation of children that thosebelieving that God created the world, as He said in Genesis, are doing His will.

“My ears had heard you, but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5
 

Felice Gerwitz is President of Media Angel®, Inc. a publishing company dedicated to producingquality materials for parents and students of all ages. Felice is an internationally recognized author and convention speaker. The Gerwitzs have homeschooled since 1986 and they have 5 children. For more information about Media Angels® or to sign up for their free online newsletter visit www.MediaAngels.com or e-mail Felice at felice@mediaangels.com.

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