A Virtual Creation Zoo, Created by Kids, Endorsed by Ignorant Adults

I don’t want to mock a child for not understanding how evolution works — most adults don’t either — but I sure as hell can call out the adults who egg them on, denying them the knowledge of how beautiful evolution really is.

Like the Creation Museum’s Ken Ham, who just found out that a few kids created an online “Virtual Creation Zoo” and couldn’t be prouder:

… These three children have pinpointed the primary issue surrounding disbelief in God’s Word: man’s stubbornly rebellious heart and willful ignorance of the truth.

Now, their “zoo” continues to be developed, but visitors can find out information on a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and marine life—even dinosaurs! And all of the information is from a creationist perspective, drawing on resources from Answers in Genesis, the Institute for Creation Research, and other creation organizations.

Oh, this should be good… let’s take a look at the creatures profiled in this virtual zoo:

God’s Leafy Sea Dragon:

Only God can create an animal with the brains and instinct to know where, how and when to hide, what and how to eat, to reproduce, and the list goes on. Time and chance produce nothing but chaos. God’s creativity produced millions of species of plants, birds, and land animals and sea creatures.

The wombat:

The wombat is not a product of random chaos (evolution) but rather a testimony to an all-knowing, intelligent, almighty creator God who wisely designed it with all its features to live in a harsh climate as the Australian bush.

The Australian Feral Camel:

God thoughtfully designed the camel for its later desert life even though it used to live in a lush, tropical environment before the Flood in Noah’s time. Camels could not evolve the abilitxy to store food in their hump nor go without water, it had to be designed at the start or they would have died out almost immediately due to the harsh desert conditions. Since its creation on day six of the creation week, the camel has not evolved but remained the same as God originally created it.

Those kids are young. They have time to learn things like how camels could indeed have “evolve[d] the ability to store food in their hump.”

But there’s no excuse for their parents or pseudoscience pushers like Ham to tell them they’re on the right track, when all the scientific evidence in the world suggests otherwise. It’s unfair to the children to be brainwashed and used like this.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Stev84

    What about the crocoduck?

  • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

    Why bother with a whole virtual zoo, if every time they just write: “god did it”?

    • cipher

      Oh, because it bears repeating! Atheists have such “stubbornly rebellious hearts”, dontcha know?

      • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

        Now that I think about it, it sounds like a Catholic prayer. Formulaic chanting.

    • Artor

      http://yafgc.net/?id=2446

      Funny, this was in my webcomics this morning.

  • cipher

    Ham is a psychopath whose activities should be considered illegal.

  • cipher

    Actually, Hemant, I don’t know the site was designed by kids. If it was, they aren’t young children; they’re teenagers at the youngest. This: http://www.virtualcreationzoo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=5 was probably written by their parents.

    I don’t think a little ridicule would be amiss.

    • Rain

      It’s Joomla site. Joomla provides the coding and templates and stuff, and then the user just has to add their own stuff to it. It’s a prefab thing like WordPress.

      • cipher

        Including the creationist copy?

        • Rain

          No it’s just like blog templates like WordPress. Creationists type in their own creationist thangs and pictures in there if they want to.

        • Rain

          So in other words it is possible for kids to do it because all they would have to do is type things and add pictures and keep things organized and things like that. They wouldn’t have to write the actual code.

          • Anon

            YOUR WRONG ALSO!

          • cipher

            Yeah, I meant the content – although they might have copied it from a creationist website.

      • Anon

        your WRONG

    • KeithCollyer

      I took a look and at first thought it was an elaborate Poe, but sadly I had to conclude that it is not

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Well, it seems we’ve crashed the zoo.

      I’m not sure if you’re referring to the content or the site itself, but I wouldn’t discount ‘kids’ from being able to construct a decent website, even without something like Joomla or WordPress.

      When it was up I did a little bit of searching to see if the exact same content existed anywhere else, and it does seem to be unique, not a pull from AiG or something.

      • Anon

        You will be penalised for putting the site down. We are experienced web geeks you know!

      • cipher

        I meant the content. Kids didn’t write that – although they might have copied it from a creationist website.

    • Anon

      nope we are not little kids

  • jdm8

    The wombat description seems to ignore the elephant in the room. If God was almighty, couldn’t he have just made the environment less harsh for his creatures?

    • Reginald Selkirk

      Does it explain how the wombat got from Australia to the Middle East to get on board Noah’s Ark, and then got all the way back to Australia afterwards?

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        And why we don’t have marsupials anywhere else, except for the opossum. We do however have marsupial fossils in other places. That Satan is pretty tricky I tell you. He even put marsupial fossils in Antarctica!

        • Glasofruix

          According to some idio..creationnists skyfairy put those fossils there in order to test human faith…

    • cipher

      Our fault. Original sin.

      I once had a fundie tell me there were no flesh-eating bacteria before “The Fall”. I wanted to put it on a bumper sticker.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Patrick/100000027906887 Adam Patrick

        I’ve heard creationists claim that meat eating dinosaurs didn’t exist before the fall. Their sharp teeth were for tearing plants. After Adam and Eve sinned though, they began eating other dinosaurs. /facepalm

        • cipher

          Oh, sure. We’ve all heard that one. We just don’t believe it because we’d prefer to keep on sinning.

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        That’s Georgia Purdom’s area of research http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_CLIGJW6Ic How did bacteria become pathogenic.

        • cipher

          I can’t watch her, Rich. Her very existence is an offense against reason and reality.

    • trj

      The wombat description seems to ignore the elephant in the room.

      No, ’cause the elephant was intelligently designed too, see? Everything fits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.pierce.75 Joshua Pierce

    “If you still believe in evolution after carefully considering the content of this (and related) sites, it will simply prove that evidence for God and His design is not the issue but hardness of heart and a dishonest consideration of the truth surrounding you.” (From the sites “About” page.)

    I like how their false dichotomy is either we’re right or you don’t believe in god, instead of we’re right or we’re wrong. It is just amazing how ignorant creationists can be.

  • busterggi

    Will the zoo have a section for the tens of thousands of species known to have gone extinct because god apparently planned them wrong?

  • Ders

    In the T-Rex exhibit I learned that Scotland is one of the places that dinosaurs may still exist. Maybe these kids should go to Scotland and investigate that.

  • C Peterson

    When I think of a “virtual zoo”, it is in the context of the many fine computer simulations of evolution, which following only simple rules mirroring those observed in nature, produce an entire menagerie of diverse and functional “lifeforms” with no intelligent direction provided at all.

    These kids need to spend less time playing with the trivial capabilities of computers (making websites) and instead see them as the powerful tool of understanding they can be used for.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I posted this on the Bobby Jindal thread, but maybe it should go here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoQmfgK4oOw&feature=youtu.be

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    psychological abuse and mental torture of children is a crime. whoever is responsible for this needs to be in jail. they are deliberately ruining these children’s chances at employment and successful functionality in a wider society. and these kids will grow up and have to function in one someday.

    • Anon

      WHOEVER CRASHED THE VCZ WILL BE PENALISED FOR DOING SO!

    • rustygh

      I agree, it makes me cry. This is the worst part of religion. The lying to children with life long repercussions. I lose energy when I see this stuff, but it is why I believe we have to get mean and shut these religions down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-R-Alexander/1850774621 Timothy R Alexander

    I’m starting to think these kids and Ken Ham thinks Evolution in the real world works like Evolution in pokemon

  • Mario Strada

    Well for now I am getting this:

    CPU Limit Reached

    I am guessing they choose the cheapest plan available there. Figures

    • Anon

      NO WE GOT HIT BY THE ATHIEST BUT WE WILL PUT IT UP AGAIN!

  • WallofSleep

    What perplexes me most about creationists is the conspiracy theory that is central to their beliefs. That the theory of evolution is a world-wide plot to destroy religion, kill god, and turn the planet over to satan. Or something along those lines.

    To believe that such a grand scale conspiracy exists, you would have to be several orders of magnitude dumber and more credulous than the entire 9/11 truther movement.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Not too long ago I had someone on WND pull the “list of scientists who don’t who reject evolution” shtick on me, so for lulz I went through that list and found three with variations of the name ‘Steve’ and one with initial ‘S’. When compared to NCSE’s “Project Steve” list, it was less than 1% of scientists who could be named Steve who reject evolution. Granted, “reject evolution” in this case is actually “believe in AiG’s version of YEC”.

      But I do think it’s safe to say that an American citizen is more likely to believe that the world leaders are Lizard people with electronic costumes, than for a scientists to not accept evolution.

  • http://twitter.com/Don_Gwinn Don_Gwinn

    I’m not sure what they had to say about the “Feral Australian Camel,” but if they think it was designed for Australia, it’s weird that camels didn’t appear in Australia until they were imported there in the 1800s by Europeans. They’re “feral” in the sense that they were domesticated animals that have now reverted to life in the wild, like a feral cat or feral hog in the United States.

    But I guess it’s all part of His plan!
    His loopy, pointless plan.

  • Anon

    You watch out or we will file a Copyright Infringement Suit.
    The logo is copyrighted and so is the text

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Great (assuming not Poe, which means it is Poe) you understand Intellectual Property law about as well as you understand evolutionary biology.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

      • Anon

        YOU WATCH OUT TOO!

      • cipher

        Now even the mini-fundies are threatening us.

  • Anon

    WE WILL FIGHT BACK – WE WON’T GIVE UP

  • Anon

    HERMANT MEHATA WILL BE IN TROUBLE!

  • TiltedHorizon

    I don’t see anything on 4 legged insects or talking donkeys. This zoo is crap.

  • roberthughmclean

    The “Australian feral camel” isn’t an Australian species. It’s an introduced menace breeding in huge numbers in the Outback. Hope good ‘ol god gave them a defence against shot guns, the government wants them gone.

  • cm 220

    This site was spammed on the Australia Zoo page on Wikipedia in August and November 2013.

    I was interested in taking a look but the website seems to be dead now. :-(


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