Don McLeroy – standing up to those damn experts

Homo sapiens, humans, us, you and me, are thousands of years old – not personally, of course, but as a species. America was colonised around 50,000 years ago; humans reached Australia within a few thousand years of that time.

Older still, evidence of a 500,000 year-old ancestry to humans, Homo Heidlebergensis has been found in Boxgrove, England.

At least, that’s what the experts tell us.

America (or Texas, to be more precise) has decided to take on these experts. Humans on the American continent at 50,000 BC? A not-quite-monkey-not-quite-man who is 500,0000 year old? Who lived in 497,991 BC? Why, that’s older than the Earth itself! These ‘experts’ trust the collaborating data from dozens of different scientific disciplines, but ignore the one, just one, that doesn’t fit in. The scriptures don’t collaborate. But these experts ignore scripture, they shun the foundations of all our knowledge – when you live on the second floor, you don’t demolish the first floor because the neighbours are noisy!

“I disagree with these experts. Somebody’s gotta stand up to experts that are… I don’t know why they’re doing it.” – Don McLeroy (Source: TFN Insider)

Don McLeroy is standing up to these experts.

He, a Christian dentist, is not tainted by association with those disciplines that have forsaken scripture.

He has not received higher education in biology, physics, or chemistry. He can stand up to the ‘experts’ in those fields.

Where they try to force ‘knowledge’ based only on empirical evidence and observation into US school text books, he resists.

Where they try to make claims about our world based only on study of this world, and not on the revelations of scripture, he fights back.

Where they have knowledge of their scientific disciplines, he is unburdened by it.

And in late March 2009, Don McLeroy won a considerable victory.

The Texas school board has voted, eleven to three, to strike the concept of an ‘expanding universe formed 12-14 billion years ago’ from their textbooks, replacing it with the much more ambiguous and scripture-friendly substitute of ‘current theories of the evolution of the universe including estimates of the age of universe”.

This measure will ensure that school students in Texas will not have to be given, unquestioningly, the age of the universe as science tells us it is – 12-14 billion years.

Another controversial issue is, of course, evolution, with more ‘experts’ trying to force the theory of evolution – the only possible explanation for the diversity and development of life that science can conjure up without scripture – upon children.

Don McLeroy here, too, is fighting on. He wants students to question the data supporting evolution.

Take the fossil record. ‘Experts’ give us pictures of one animal turning into another, turning into a monkey turning into a man. McLeroy wants students to examine these claims.

“The data shows that they stay the same, they draw little dashed lines to connect. What should we see if the data was true? [a gradual change from creature to creature]… The fossil record still has problems.”

The fossil record doesn’t have anything to explain these gaps. Occasionally the experts will try and ‘reason’ their way out of this difficulty, putting forward what they call ‘transitional’ fossils, such as the famous Archaeopteryx dino-bird.

But the more they struggle, the tighter they are constricted.

Did you know that the discovery of the Archaopteryx created two new gaps in the fossil record? What came between a dinosaur and a dinobird? Between a dinobird and a bird?

And exactly the same thing is true of Puijila darwini, the ‘land seal – another two gaps between land and marine animal!

And again with Ardipithecus, which they say led to Homo (such as Homo habilis, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens – humans)! That’s at least another three gaps between us and monkeys!

But this is only the start. Who are these experts to demand that we rely on them for every minute of our lives? Who are they to dictate, with all their knowledge, not just the age of the universe, but the dangers of global warming? And how electricity is produced? Or how a plane can fly?

We may be questioning the science of evolution, but what about the other sciences that disagree with scripture? The other sciences that we rely on ‘evidence’ for?

When the experts argue that pi equals 3.141… they have calculated this from reason, from reality, from expertise. They have worked this number out in their secular worldviews, just as they have with evolution. But doesn’t 1 Kings 7:23 say that pi equals three?

Surely we, as the people dictating the knowledge of future generations, should concern ourselves with teaching them the truth?

Surely we should prevent dogma interfering with education, especially when it plainly contradicts everything we know about scripture?

Surely we shouldn’t be cow-towing to secular demands that we ‘teach the controversy’, when their ‘reality’ is in conflict with the Bible?

Schools have a duty to educate, not to perpetuate myths.

Without these ‘experts’, we can return to better days.

When Jesus was born, people didn’t believe in ‘evolution’, or the ‘big bang’. They believed that God created the world in seven days.

They didn’t believe in the ‘germ theory of disease’, or know how to create electricity, or cure polio.

Two thousand years of science has brought us plane crashes, car accidents and the depravity of the internet.

Do we need experts?

I for one don’t trust them. I wouldn’t even let an expert dentist brush my boots for me, let alone my teeth!

And nor would I let him set the school curriculum for an entire state, and possibly country.

– The Right Reverend Molerat

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  1. #1 by Mike Hall on May 29, 2009 - 12:37

    Excellent news today: McLeroy is no longer chairman of the Texas State Board of Education, after failing to win a confirmation vote.

    Details are available here.

  2. #2 by The Right Rev. Molerat on May 29, 2009 - 21:39

    Yes, I have heard about this!
    It’s another case of those damn experts and their ‘democracy’ stifling debate in schools! If ‘democracy’ worked, then the Koran would universal truth, and not the Bible! Pah!
    Is not the Holy Trinity three and yet ONE?
    By having many people searching for the truth (yet ignoring the holy ONE), how can we ever expect to discover it?
    How can we expect to understand our world if we are constantly evaluating and analysing what we think we know?
    How can constant ‘refinements’ to our knowledge ever produce a more reliable body of knowledge than simply reading the Bible, the ONE source of unchanging, eternal truth?

    – The Right Reverend Molerat

  3. #3 by Orang Putih on August 8, 2009 - 13:41

    Schools not pepetuate myths?
    Schools don’t perpetuate enough myths, instead they spend time on such things as citizenship, spirituality (in the guise of religion) and sex education ( I suspect it is called something Interactive Relationship Training now.) I bet Molerat has never read Ovid, has no idea what kind of eyes Athene has. May just have heard of Gilgamesh, has vague memories of the Kalevala and most myths he does know came from outside school.
    The shame is that schools do not teach religion as ‘mythology’ but as a belief on a par with science and that’s where the problem lies. One of the most important things a real education can produce is sceptial and enquiring mind.
    Life would be very dull if we did not ‘believe’ in a good deal of nonsense. Rose Macaulay described this well in the Towers of Trebizond. One can belong to a church – especially the Church of England – without really believing. The idea of religion as culture, consolation and myth is interesting because it only works if if one makes the pretence of belief. Once one says, ‘It’s really complete nonsense but I enjoy it.’ it starts to fall
    apart. Can you imagine the Pope saying that?
    (aside: Saw the painting Lucresia Borgia as Pope by Frank Cadogan Cooper in Tate Britain. It should be on the discerning sceptic’s wall.)
    Myths are extraordinary, the Bible, the Vedas and many other religious texts are beautifully written and constructed and full of historical and philosophical interest. We need more of them in schools but let’s celebrate them as myths, enjoy them and even believe in them (not BELIEVE) a little but never let them be supposed to be valid ‘truths’ outside rational thought.
    Get reading Molerat, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Pslams for a start. ‘Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise.’

  4. #4 by Colonel Molerat on September 6, 2009 - 22:17

    Ah, it’s Orang Putih, the man who killed my father.
    In my post I was objecting to treating myths as literal descriptions of the world, or of infallible guides to living our lives. I don’t doubt their value to literature, culture and the arts, nor the importance of keeping them alive as relics of past ways of thinking and seeking knowledge.

    You’re right that the problem lies in treating religion as something other than mythology, and you’re right that mythology should be celebrated and enjoyed for what it is – you misunderstand me if you think I want to abolish mythology. What I want is simply for mythology to be recognised for what it is.

    As for great myths, the one that has always held the most meaning for me (though I fail to remember which culture spawned it) is that of the Molerat and the Coot.

    The coot, you see, was an annoying bird that would harass the other animals by pecking at them in search of lice and other parasites. One day, however, it encountered the molerat. Lacking fur, the molerat had few nits to pick, foiling the coot’s plans, and humbling the lowly bird with its majestic and noble presence.

    After such humiliation, the coot spent time reflecting, and realised how silly it looked with big clumsy feet and a ridiculous white patch on its head.

    I can’t remember the moral right now, but I know it’s in there somewhere…

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