Feathers fly as US fundie pours scorn on young earth creationism

CHRISTIAN fundamentalists are a comical lot at the best of times, but when they attack one another, well, that’s when the fun really begins.

This happened most recently when televangelist Pat “Blame the Gays for Everything” Robertson basically said that the creationist idea that the earth was just 6,000 years old was a crock of old codswallop.

Three stooges: From left, Robertson, Ham and Mitchell

This was just too much for the feeble-minded Ken Ham, founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, which operates a creation museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Ham spluttered:

Not only do we have to work hard to not let our kids be led astray by the anti-God teaching of the secularists, we have to work hard to not let them be led astray by compromising church leaders like Pat Robertson. Pat Robertson gives more fodder to our enemies.

Ham said that secularists are joyful about Robertson’s statement, and highlighted a comment from an atheist, who said:

I’m rooting for Pat … Not that I’m endorsing Pat’s position, but at least he seems able to glimpse the real world past his Bible-colored glasses. If he lives to be a hundred and twenty, I’ll put even money on his becoming an atheist.

Said Ham:

Note the secularist can see that Pat Robertson is not believing the Bible on this issue. I still shake my head at the number of church leaders who want to appease the secularists and accept their anti-God religion of millions of years and even molecules to man evolution.

Another outraged fundie, Dr Tommy Mitchell, in an article entitled Pat Robertson’s Word or God’s Word: Which Will You Believe? which was posted yesterday on the Answers in Genesis website wrote:

Mr Robertson is saying that we should hold the ideas and opinions of man above the very word of God itself. It is precisely this type of compromise within the church that has caused such an erosion of people’s faith in the word of God and a mass exodus of young people from the church.

So what exactly did Robertson say to horrify the creationists?

A confused mum named Michelle wrote to Robertson’s 700 Club, expressing concern that her husband and teenage sons were doubting the authority of the Bible.

They tell me if the Bible is truth, then I should be able to reasonably explain the existence of dinosaurs. This is just one of many things they question, How do I explain things to them that the Bible doesn’t cover? I am so afraid that they are walking away from God.

Robertson replied:

Look, I know people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop [James] Ussher – God bless him – wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said it all took 6,000 years. It just didn’t. And you go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating, you’ve got all these things, and you’ve got the carcases of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas. And so there was a time that these giant reptiles were on the earth, and it was before the time of the Bible.

Uh-oh!

He added:

So don’t try to cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible. That’s Bishop Ussher. And so if you fight revealed science you’re going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was.

Mitchell would have none of it, insisting that the Bible does indeed support a young earth and that the dinosaur fossil record is consistent with the Biblical timeline.

We know that creation week lasted six ordinary days because the Bible says so. A study of the use of the Hebrew word ‘yom’ in Genesis 1 clearly indicates that God told us He created [the universe] in six ordinary, twenty-four-hour days. So how do you put millions of years into the text where it plainly does not fit?

The half-wit added:

There was no ‘before the time of the Bible,’ as Robertson claims. Dinosaurs are land animals and were created on the sixth day of creation week along with all the other land animals and man. They lived and reproduced for hundreds of years before the flood. Then God led at least two of each kind of land animal to Noah. … After the flood, the waters receded, and the dinosaurs and the other animals got off the ark and lived on earth with man. Evidently, the dinosaurs eventually went extinct like so many other creatures have over the centuries.

Both Ham and Mitchell were “saddened” that so many visible Christian speakers are “compromising their faith”.

Ham lamented:

Such leaders – including Pat Robertson – have a lot to answer to the Lord for one day. Such leaders are guilty of putting stumbling blocks in the way of kids and adults in regards to believing God’s word and the Gospel.

And here’s more bad news for creationists: Failing to teach evolution by natural selection in science lessons could lead to new free schools in England losing their funding under government changes.

The new rules state that from 2013, all free schools in England must teach evolution as:

A comprehensive and coherent scientific theory.

Hat tip: Agent Cormac (Free schools)