Science (Evolution)

Glenn Beck calls evolution ‘ridiculous,’ says he’s never seen a half-human, half-monkey

BY Sean Alfano
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Thursday, October 21st 2010, 8:57 AM

Glenn Beck thinks the theory of evolution is a bunch of monkey business.

The wildly popular Fox News host Wednesday called the idea that humans evolved from primates “ridiculous.”

While the deeply religious Beck denouncing evolution isn’t a shock, his defense was a head-scratcher: “I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet. Did evolution just stop?”

Scientists have shown humans and chimpanzees share roughly 96% of the same DNA. Chimps are classified as apes, not monkeys.

Beck, however, is only interested in what God has to say on the matter.

“I don’t know how God creates. I don’t know how we got here,” Beck said. “If I get to the other side and God’s like, ‘You know what, you were a monkey once,’ I’ll be shocked, but I’ll be like, ‘Whatever.'”

The most recent polls on the debate show Beck is certainly not alone in his dismissal of evolution. More than 40% told a 2006 Pew survey that humans have only existed in our present form and of the 51% who did accept evolution, 21% said it was guided by a “supreme being.”

CBS News’ 2005 poll found more than 50% rejected evolution.

Beck equated the argument to global warming, which he says scientists, along with evolution, “force it down your throat.”

“When anybody has to force it, that’s a problem. You didn’t have to force that the world is round. Truth is truth. You don’t have to force the truth.”

salfano@nydailynews.com

New York Daily News Oct 21, 2010

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Fossils prove that evolution didn’t happen

Atlas of Creation, Vol 1, Harun Yahya (a pseudonym of Adnan Oktar), 2007

This 12 lb (5.5 kg), 11” x 15” (28 x 38 cm) 800 pp book (complete with optical 3-D cover and at least 400 pages of high quality photographs) was delivered (unsolicited and  without cost) to huge numbers of college-level Biology faculty throughout at least the U.S. One can imagine what the postage alone must have cost.

“A special chapter is assigned to the collapse of the theory of evolution because this theory constitutes the basis of all anti-spiritual philosophies…All the authors’s books explain faith-related issues in light of Qur’anic verses, and invite reader to learn God’s words and to live by them…

“Darwin’s claims were of course based on no scientific evidence or findings….Science and technology had made rapid progress since the beginning of the 20th century, and refuted the theory of evolution…

“One of the major findings that invalidates the theory of evolution is the fossil records, which reveal that the structures of living species remained unchanged for tens of millions of years…

The author’s thesis is that the existence of any fossil (dating from 400 million to 20,000 years ago) that can be recognized—e.g. a fossil that can be clearly recognized as a fish—proves that there has been no evolution since then, and therefore a particular species of fish found today, such as a perch, must have been created.

A fossil spider

This 355 to 295 million year old fossil has a segmented abdomen

In addition to the error of the premise, some cynics might interpret the segmented abdomen of the 355- to 295-million year old spider illustrated in the book as a primitive feature, with the segmentation lost through evolution. Yahya also has problems with hominid fossils, which he interprets as unambiguously apes or humans.

May 25, 2011:

Kentucky to grant tax incentives to ark park

  • May 19th, 2011

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority voted unanimously on May 19, 2011, to grant tax incentives to Ark Encounter, according to the Associated Press (May 19, 2011). Ark Encounter is the proposed creationist theme park in northern Kentucky. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal (December 1, 2010), “Ark Encounter, which will feature a 500-foot-long wooden replica of Noah’s Ark containing live animals such as juvenile giraffes, is projected to cost $150 million and create 900 jobs …

See this reference: http://ncse.com/news/2011/05/kentucky-to-grant-tax-incentives-to-ark-park-006678

If you live in Kentucky, you might want to protest that your tax dollars are invested in this.

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