4 years ago: The Long March of the Koalas

August 25, 2009, on this blog: The Long March of the Koalas

It has been brought to my attention that Ken Ham, the man behind the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis, is originally from Australia and not the United States. So when I wrote last week of America as “the land of P.T. Barnum and Ken Ham” the general point about hucksterism here in the U.S. was correct, but technically …

Wait, hold on … Australia?

You can’t be a young-earth creationist and be from Australia. I think if you’re a young-earth creationist, you’re not even allowed to believe in Australia. That continent is evolution’s playground, it’s showroom. Ken Ham couldn’t have built his Creation Museum in Australia because they already have a thriving Evolution Museum there — it takes up the entire island. The displays are fantastic.

Are we sure that Ham isn’t from Austria? I mean, the biology and geology of Austria aren’t particularly compatible with young-earth creationism either, but it’s not like Australia with its crazy-quilt of unique and uniquely adapted species. I just can’t think of a crazier place for a creationist to have come from.

Well, OK, maybe Madagascar. But still. …

  • Pseudonym

    He’s from Queensland, which is kind of the Australian equivalent of Florida.

  • Fusina

    Just popping in to say that there were no phone calls yesterday from the college kid. YAY! I’m hoping it is because they kept her too busy to brood–and that it keeps up.

    Regarding her being gone–I am not so sad as everyone predicted–the main reason I was stressed is because she was unhappy and I had to let her work it out rather than fixing it. Keeping your hands off and letting them work it out on their own is hard.

    Oh, and regarding Australia–indeed an awesome place as evolution is concerned. And the coolest animals anywhere–although Madagascar and Africa also have some exceedingly cool animals, they don’t quite get as–bizarre?–as Australian animals. Echidna or Platypus, anyone?

  • The_L1985

    Yay, monotremes! :D

    Also, double-yay for your daughter adjusting well to college life!

  • The_L1985

    I will never stop finding this article well-written and hilarious. :)

  • Pam

    Our geology presents a problem for young earth creationism, too. It all screams extremely long processes of erosion.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    I just read a Physical Science for Christians textbook which claims that there is no water source which could possibly have eroded the Grand Canyon. The same textbook also claims that no one has ever seen an atom, that the purity of sulfur is an analogy to how Christians must remained isolated from atheists, how polar bonds are analogous to the difference between being part of Satan’s family or a Christian, how no one knows how water currents exist except that they must be proof of God… and above all else, repeatedly, assertions that scientists are evil heretics who will happily lie about everything in order to convert someone over to their pagan religion.

    Suffice it to say, you have to pitch your argument carefully in order to convince a YEC of anything.


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