Monday, 31 May 2010

Letter to the Belfast Telegraph

From here;


Creationism is an ugly parody of real science
Your report on creationists trying to insinuate their nonsense into the Ulster Museum (News, May 27) is depressing.
Creationism is not science, but a grotesque parody of science, constructed to give a veneer of respectability to rigid and irrational fundamentalist beliefs.
Their arguments have been examined and debunked.
Ironically, David McIlveen had only to look at some of the exhibits in the excellent earth science section of the museum to see how false his beliefs are.
When there a few weeks ago, I noted a specimen of rock salt from Carrickfergus and rocks bearing casts of salt crystals and desiccation cracks - all proof of arid conditions at the time of deposition, not a global flood as the creationists believe.
I wonder if Nelson McCausland or David McIlveen have ever investigated creationist claims.
DR STEPHEN MORETON
Warrington, Cheshire
This has been the topic of lively debate here on our forum.

The full letter actually said this;


Dear Sir, 
Your report on creationists trying again to insinuate their nonsense into the Ulster Museum (May 27) is depressing reading. Creationism is not science, but a grotesque parody of science, constructed to give a veneer of respectability to rigid and irrational fundamentalist beliefs. Their arguments have been examined and debunked over and over again (see talkorigins.org). 
Ironically Mr McIlveen had only to look at some of the exhibits in the excellent earth science section of the museum to see how false his beliefs are. When there a few weeks ago I noted a specimen of rock salt from Carrickfergus, and rocks bearing casts of salt crystals, and desiccation cracks. All proof of arid conditions at the time of deposition, not a global flood as the creationists believe. 
I wonder if people like McCausland or McIlveen have ever tried investigating creationist claims. When I investigated creationist claims about the Giant’s Causeway I unearthed a sorry tale of incompetence, ignorance, and deceit. 
Those interested should read my article “Facts meet fantasies at the Giant’s Causeway” published in Earth Science Ireland magazine (issue 6, p. 37-39) and available on-line at http://www.habitas.org.uk/es2k/. Perhaps then they will realise that creationists are not to be trusted.

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