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March 24, 2007

Creationist Marketing 101

Young-earth creationists are clearly smart, strategic people, so I wasn’t at all surprised to received an email “in Christ” from one Gus Foster, requesting my “support and promotion” for a University of Akron “creation seminar” by Robert and David Gentry. “Our battle cry,” Foster wrote, “is the editorial that the Akron Beacon Journal wrote after the [Ohio Board of Education] November election, in which they maintain there is no compatibility between creation and science. We have a surprise in store for them.”

I’m sure they do, and I’m happy to oblige—particularly after looking at “world-
renowned nuclear physicist” Robert Gentry’s Web site:

Did you know that scientific evidence abounds to sup-
port the biblical accounts of creation and the flood? Were you aware that reports outlining this evi-
dence passed peer review, and were published in the open scientific literature? Have you heard that, decades later, this evidence still stands unrefuted by the scientific community?
Etched within Earth’s foundation rocks — the gran-
ites — are beau-
tiful microspheres of coloration, halos, produced by the radioactive decay of primordial polonium, which is known to have only a fleeting existence.
The following simple analogy will show how these polonium microspheres — or halos — contradict the evolutionary belief that granites formed as hot magma slowly cooled over millions of years. To the contrary, this analogy demonstrates how these halos provide unambiguous evidence of both an almost instantaneous creation of granites and the young age of the earth.
A speck of polonium in molten rock can be compared to an Alka-Seltzer dropped into a glass of water. The beginning of effervescence is equated to the moment that polonium atoms began to emit radiactive particles. In molten rock the traces of those radioactive particles would disappear as quickly as the Alka-Seltzer bubbles in water. But if the water were instantly frozen, the bubbles would be preserved. Likewise, polonium halos could have formed only if the rapidly “effervescing” specks of polonium had been instantly encased in solid rock.
An exceedingly large number of polonium halos are embedded in granites around the world. Just as frozen Alka-Seltzer bubbles would be clear evidence of the quick-freezing of the water, so are these many polonium halos undeniable evi-
dence that a sea of primordial matter quickly “froze” into solid granite. The occur-
rence of these polonium halos, then, distinctly implies that our earth was formed in a very short time, in complete harmony with the biblical record of creation.

Or as the seminar flier succinctly puts it (click on image to view full-size), “God Spoke the World into Existence Instantly About 6,000 Years Ago.”

Curiously, Gentry has had a few problems persuading the scientific community to buy into this nonsense, despite resorting (unsuccessfully) to litigation.

The hapless Foster also notes that he is “personally trying to locate and communicate with Deborah Owens Fink,” the creationist crazy and UA associate marketing professor who was booted off the Ohio board in November. If he does find her—and a careful search of this blog may yield some clues—he might want to seek some marketing tips.

On the other hand, if Fink knows as much about marketing as she does about science, Foster may be better off in his current clueless state.

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