Harun Yahya sentenced

Adnan Oktar, the public face of the very successful Harun Yahya Muslim creationist phenomenon based in Turkey, has just been sentenced to three years in prison, on a racketeering charge.

If carried out, I doubt it will put a dent in the popularity of Islamic creationism. It may even give Oktar, who has always had a shady public image, an aura of martyrdom. Still, it will be interesting to see what happens.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14594814476344384828 Joe Morreale

    From Harun Yahya website:

    WE CHALLENGE DAWKINS TO A DISCUSSION BEFORE THE PUBLIC

    Richard Dawkins, a most ardent supporter of Darwinism, has long accounted for the perfect creation of the universe in terms of the theory of evolution, which has lately suffered a global collapse. In his recent writings and interviews, however, Dawkins has started to express that “life cannot form by chance.” It is an absence of sense and reason to support evolution on one hand and to state that life cannot come about by chance on the other. That is due to the fact that according to the theory of evolution, which Dawkins supports, the existence of life is based on entirely random coincidences.

    Dawkins has realized that he can get nowhere with the scenario of chance. But, he is now in the logical impasse as he basically claims that “evolution cannot be a result of coincidences, but has occurred by means of coincidences.” What he should realize is that demagogy no longer works.

    If Dawkins sincerely believes in this theory, we’d like to invite him to Turkey, or else we could come to UK to have a discussion. Dawkins should clarify hundreds of questions, only a few of which are listed below, before the cameras. So we, as well as the public, will be able to hear what he has to say. Obviously, it’s no good to engage in unilateral programs. Moreover, with such an attitude Dawkins only deceives himself. Let us send the first 4 volumes of Atlas of Creation to Mr. Dawkins, and let him examine the photographs of the fossils therein which have not changed at all over the hundreds of millions of years. And let him account for them in evolutionary terms according to his much-publicized logic�quot;if he can!

    Archeological researches unearthed over a hundred million fossils, proving that life forms were created out of nothing. Still, there is not a single transitional fossil supporting the theory of evolution. If Dawkins is sincere in his claim, he should bring a transitional fossil and announce it to the public as “a transitional form!”
    The odds against a functional protein emerging randomly is 10950 to 1�quot;a practical impossibility. (In mathematics, probabilities smaller than 1 over 1050 are accepted as “zero probability.”) If Dawkins is honest, he should point at a mass of proteins that formed by chance or by means of the methods he espouses. Let Dawkins explain us how he can account for the origin of life in evolutionary terms, when even a single protein�quot;the building block of life�quot;cannot form by chance!
    Let Dawkins explain us how all colorful, lively, three-dimensional and perfectly clear images, shortly life itself, can form in the pitch dark human brain and who sees this image in the brain!
    Let Dawkins explain us in evolutionary terms how conversations, music and all other sounds form in the sound-isolated brain; who listens to and enjoys these sounds, who knows their meaning, who reflects on them consciously and who answers back these sounds!
    Let Dawkins ask the same questions to us, and let us give our answers. Let us supply our evidence, and let him bring his�quot;if he has any. Then let the public decide who is right. We want the public to know on a larger scale how Darwinism is a false theory and how it is the greatest deception of the world’s history. We are confident that the days are soon to come when people will laugh, asking themselves “How could we ever believe this theory?” In near future, people will be wondering with amazement how they could ever have been taken in by it. In fact, this is already occurring, at an ever-increasing momentum. World-wide polls reveal statistical data proving this state of affairs.

    Darwinism, tried to be kept alive by engaging in demagogy and propaganda, has been refuted in all spheres and it is now widely recognized that it’s no longer possible to defend Darwinism by demagogy. Dawkins’ recent statement along the logic that “evolution cannot be a result of coincidences, but has occurred by means of coincidences” is nothing but a laughable misery of reason.

    HARUN YAHYA HAS REFUTED EVOLUTION AND IT IS TIME TO HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC THAT MUPPET DAWKINS WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIDING BEHIND THE SECULAR ESTABLISHMENT.

    WE ARE WAITING…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11040031938302965089 Jacqueline

    Joe Morreale cut and pasted the following guff:
    "HARUN YAHYA HAS REFUTED EVOLUTION AND IT IS TIME TO HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC THAT MUPPET DAWKINS WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIDING BEHIND THE SECULAR ESTABLISHMENT.

    WE ARE WAITING…"

    I can refute Harun Yahya with two words; vagus nerve.
    For anyone that needs clarification:

    "Some of the most striking evidence for evolution comes from structures that cannot be explained in any other way, what Coyne calls “bad design”. For example, humans speak using their larynx, which is controlled by the left recurrent laryngeal nerve. The distance from the bit of the brain involved in speech and the larynx is about 20 cm, and yet the left recurrent laryngeal nerve is over 1 metre long – it goes down from the brain towards your heart, loops around your aorta and then travels up your windpipe to the larynx! There is no conceivable advantage in doing things this way – indeed, it means that a blow to your chest can damage your nerve and prevent you from speaking.
    The explanation lies deep in our evolutionary past: the larynx evolved from a gill arch in our fishy ancestors, which received blood from an artery and was innervated by a branch of the vagus nerve which went around it. Over hundreds of millions of years, as the gill arch was transformed into a larynx, the artery moved down into the heart and was turned into a ligament, taking the nerve branch with it, and producing the “bad design” we see today. The “intelligent design” creationists can have no explanation for this, except to say that it is a whim of the Creator."
    See, I can cut and paste too.

    Shadowjack:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04098825235566590542 Garry Scholey

    Joe Morreale cut and pasted:
    "HARUN YAHYA HAS REFUTED EVOLUTION AND IT IS TIME TO HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC THAT MUPPET DAWKINS WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIDING BEHIND THE SECULAR ESTABLISHMENT."

    Joe, or whatever your real name is (Frederic K, Jamshed Kunnoth or Moidu) your cult leader Adnan Oktar is currently undergoing the humiliation of being in jail for the rape of minors and blackmail.
    Meanwhile Dawkins has a book out that you should read. The Greatest Show on Earth is chock full o' juicy evidence for evolution that really blows your cult leader's ignorant fantasies out of the water.
    Don't you feel like a muppet now Joe, with Adnan Oktar's hand up your fundament controlling your actions? Break free and face reality, learn some real science by reading Dawkins latest book.

    "WE ARE WAITING…"

    We're waiting for you to realise what a fool you've been.

    G;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04688467112696666986 Silentside

    These slanders against Harun Yahya [Mr.Adnan Oktar] have no truth in them. All these false claims and imputations have been precisely replied here:
    http://replytowikipedia.com/
    http://psychologicalwarfaremethods.com/

    Certain circles slander Harun Yahya as he has intellectually defeated Darwinism and materialism worldwide. Those circles who were alarmed with the sincere works of Harun Yahya and who found that they cannot intellectually opppose Harun put up slanders and baseless accusations against him. But all these ultimately works against themselves.

    Harun Yahya’s influence is growing more and more. Truth will always vanish falsehood.

    All people here can read Harun Yahya’s biography from here:
    http://harunyahya.com/theauthor.php


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