Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Creationists flee California

Seek refuge in Texas

The Institute for Creation Research is pulling up stakes, abandoning its digs in southern California and moving to the environs of Dallas, Texas. The relocation was announced in the August 2007 issue of Acts & Facts, ICR's recently redesigned periodical. Chief executive officer Henry M. Morris III shared the news with Acts & Facts readers:
For over 35 years, ICR has been blessed by our Lord to be known as the premiere creation science institute around the world, influencing and assisting in the launch of many other significant creation-based ministries that honor the Creator and His Word.

ICR's scientific staff is widely recognized by friends and opponents alike as unequaled in their credentials and research initiatives, attracting participants in such major projects as RATE. New research teams are now forming under the leadership of ICR scientists to examine the human genome, tectonic formation of mountain ranges, and other significant issues related to the study of origins and the global flood, all within the framework of biblical integrity and authority.

And yet, in order to expand ICR's efforts in research, education, and dissemination, we recognize the need to recruit and train the next generation of creation scientists who will develop the mission for generations to come. To accomplish that vital objective, and to fulfill the international ministry opportunities the Lord has opened for us, the board of directors authorized the relocation of ICR to the new Dallas campus, with most of the operations to be in place by the end of this year. The wisdom of the board to remove the burden of the rising costs of living and working in southern California will allow ICR to reallocate funds—your gifts to us—for projects that will expand the mission and message of biblical creation science as our founder set forth in 1970 when ICR was born.
Besides, those bums at the University of California won't give transfer credit for bogus science classes. Things ought to be better in Texas!

ICR's Museum of Creation and Earth History (not to be confused with Ken Ham's sprawling new tourist attraction) will remain in Santee, California, for the time being. The ICR Graduate School, however, will be moving to Dallas with the organization's headquarters. Fortunately, for Californians and others who want bogus science degrees, most of the ICR Graduate School classes are on-line, including the exciting new M.S. in Science Education, which would undoubtedly qualify you to teach science classes at some Christian academies and Bible colleges. And nowhere else.

ICR has a certain fondness for acronyms. The above-cited RATE program refers to ICR's ongoing attempt to undermine science's well-established natural clocks by publishing papers on Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth. Most of their efforts attempt to demonstrate that decay rates are not constant and used to be much, much faster in the past. How fast? Fast enough to squeeze earth history into 10,000 years. That's how fast.

The new Acts & Facts reports a parallel development called FAST: Flood Activated Sedimentation and Tectonics. ICR intends to demonstrate scientifically that geological formations are best explained by Noah's Flood. The beauty of their plan is that the conclusion is already infallibly known:
Flood Narrative in Genesis Project. Steven Boyd, David Pouts, and project head John Baldwin have begun a comprehensive study of the relevance of Genesis 5:28-9:29 to the geological history of the earth. Their premise is that an understanding of the geology of the Flood must be derived from the Flood narrative in the biblical Hebrew text, since the text imposes constraints on the geological investigation. Some of the issues under consideration are the chronology of the Flood, its totality, its destructive capacity, and its effectiveness in carrying out God's purposes.

The work of The Genesis Flood continues. With all the advancements in science and research, this is an exciting time to be a biblical creationist.
See how nicely the premise includes the result? Once again, begging the question is elevated to pseudoscience as an act of misplaced piety. A million years from now they'll still be trying to prove that the earth is only 10,000 years old.


Craig C Clarke said...

So. How's their research coming along?

MGrant said...

Oh excellent. The creationist movement sets up shop in my hometown just as I move to New York. Anyone who stays behind in Dallas has my support and my condolences.

Scott Hatfield . . . said...

Zeno, PZ tells me you deserve the credit for driving ICR to the Lone Star State!

Well, I am proud of you, and more than a little bit jealous! I think I owe you a beer, at least.

(Seriously, though, great post---really, this is required reading and I'm going to link to it from my place)

Calladus said...

Heh, when I was growing up in the outskirts of Houston, Texas it was "common knowledge" that everyone out in California was flaky and weird. (And homosexual.)

And now Texas is fast becoming known for it's crazy weirdness. I'd be amused if it were not so dangerous.

garth2 said...

hey, all us californians ARE flaky, weird and homosexual. well, except me. i'm just flaky.
i do like cilantro a lot

Zeno said...

PZ is too kind. I think only my algebra students find me that scary.

Paul said...

When someone is as much in denial of the evidence as the folks at the ICR are, it is fitting to study their behavior as one would a pathology. It's not enough to simply refute a fool -- we should be studying how to prevent fools in the first place.

monado said...

Your algebra students are fleeing the state? That's impressive.

ysbaddaden said...

Oh, this is great, not only do we get the boosh library, but now a Creationism institute?

Shades of lapidific juice and seminal air here.