Vandalizing Darwin: the Kirk Cameron, Ray Comfort campaign

Douglas Mesner of the Boston Underground Examiner adds his own acerbic commentary regarding Kirk Cameron’s latest anti-evolution campaign:

A new piece of Creationist drivel asks some inane questions meant to be provocative to the flummoxed “Darwinian fundamentalist”:

“Can you explain which came first—the blood or the heart—and why? Did the heart in all these different species of fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals evolve before there were blood vessels throughout their bodies? When did the blood evolve? Was it before the vessels evolved or after they evolved?”

If asked in honest curiosity by a middle school child before entering her first formal biology lessons, the questions might merit praise, and the child might be assumed to genuinely value the answers.  Alas, in the case quoted above, the questions are meant rhetorically, believed to have no plausible answer, and posed by an incurious – if outspoken – evangelical propagandist named Ray Comfort.

With these questions and more, Comfort, the co-founder (with former actor Kirk Cameron) of The Way of The Master Ministries, has decided to shamelessly advertise his ignorance of evolutionary biology in an introduction appended to a limited printing of the field’s foundational text, On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.  What’s more, on Thursday, November 19, 2009, Comfort and Cameron intend to freely distribute 50,000 of the defaced scientific classic at universities across the nation.

“The only reasonable answer to these questions”, Comfort declares, “is that God made the human body (and the bodies of all the other creatures) with a heart, lungs (to oxygenate the blood), kidneys (to filter wastes from the blood), blood vessels, arteries, blood, skin (to hold it all in), etc., at one moment in time, as the Bible states.”

Though it may come as no surprise that a man who does not believe in evolution may leap from point A to point Z without recognizing any intermediary stages, it does seem more than a little odd that a man who so publicly pits his Creationist fantasies against established scientific theory should be so clearly ill-versed in not only biology, but in contemporary Creationist refinements as well.

The “Intelligent Design” movement’s argument that the human organism is too complex, with too many strictly defined interwoven components that serve no purpose apart from each other, to have evolved from simpler components, is marketed by the name of “irreducible complexity” by Comfort’s more savvy peers.  And it’s an argument that has been confronted and answered…

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