�Dr. Dino,� Merrill Keiser, Jr., and Thomas S. Monaghan: Religion goes well with ignorance, hate and pizza
By Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.
Journal Contributing Writer
Mar 10, 2006, 00:34
�Dr. Dino� is Kent Hovind, whose claim to the �Dr.� and
academic credentials is
questionable, at best. Appropriately, he�s the founder of Florida-based Creation Science Evangelism, which, among its
other quaint novelties, offers Dinosaur
Since 2001 Dinosaur Adventure Land has
been a place where families can come to learn about God�s Creation through
science and the Bible. DAL is comprised of a 3-story Science Center, Creation
Museum, and Theme Park, making it fun for all ages, and one of the lost amazing
Creation Parks in the world. Our goal is to win souls to Christ, by giving
everyone another choice. You can believe that you came from a rock, or you can
believe that a loving God created you for a purpose. Plan your next family
vacation, to come to DAL . . .
But if you can�t make it to DAL, their website offers �what
really happened� cartoons featuring Danny
the Dinosaur who tells kids that their boring science teacher is wrong: the
earth is only 6,000 years old and �God� created the dinosaurs on the same day
he created human beings (in their present form, of course). Danny offers as
proof a photo of his �Grandpa David� posing with Noah whose ark saved all the
creatures of earth including the dinosaurs -- biblical literalism
earth creationism at their most ludicrous and most insidious.
�Dr. Dino� has a three-part plan of attack to overthrow
science and revert to the Dark Ages. Could three parts have anything to do with
Doctrine of the Trinity� fabricated by Athanasius and the Council of Nicea
in 325 c.e. to get themselves and
their �monotheistic� religion out of the bind of having multiple gods, �Father�
and �Son� and the �Holy Ghost?� The consubstantial-transubstantial debate was
akin to how many angels could dance on the head of a pin and whether or not
Adam�s procreative erection was a result of sinful lust for Eve. (See the
appended Nota Bene for how the church
resolved that dilemma.)
in the Roman Empire and did not spend any time trying to change the Roman
Empire. He just changed people, one at a time,� Hovind points out. �And I think
the grassroots approach of changing people is bulletproof -- I mean, there�s
nothing you can do to stop that.�
saying the �second level of attack� would involve changing teachers. �Get the
teachers converted or at least knowledgeable on the topic, where they know what
the truth is,� he suggests. �Then it doesn�t matter what the textbook says,
because the teacher�s not going to teach it anyway -- or the teacher�s going to
teach it and expose the error.�
says a third and more difficult plan of attack would be to change existing
textbook requirements at the state level. . . .
Part I: grassroots. In other words, if �Dr. Dino� and Young
Earth Creationists can convince enough people that Genesis is literal history,
that should negate science. It�s a neat idea. Next time your medical doctor
gives you a diagnosis you don�t like, take a vote among your friends. If they
say the doctor was wrong, then he was, and the disease will magically
Part II: convert the teachers. In other words, encourage
teachers to ignore their academic discipline and professional responsibilities,
and teach their personal religious beliefs instead. No doubt David Horowitz would support
that idea and call it �academic freedom.�
Mr. Horowitz�s version of �academic freedom� is very much like Danny the
Dinosaur�s lessons in the DAL cartoons and �Dr. Dino�s� view of textbooks.
Part III: change the textbooks. Who needs facts in textbook
showed us the way: �Kansas has become a
world capital of redefinition. In November , the state school board redefined �science� to make Kansas
schools safe for intelligent
design and allow (or coerce?) teachers to teach ID. Science, in Kansas at
least, no longer is limited to the study of natural phenomena� [links added].
Not surprisingly, �Kansas
ranks last in science.�
The March 6 Agape Press article about
�Dr. Dino� concluded with this notice: �Later this month, Hovind will be holding
a two-day seminar at the Pennsylvania high school a federal judge recently
barred from mentioning intelligent design in biology class.� That seminar is
America: �The two-day seminar will be held in the auditorium of the Dover
Area High School on Friday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m.
and Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m.
The event is open to the public and admission is free.�
According to Doron Taussig�s City Paper cover story
about the Repent America leader, �Marcavage�s
full-time job is running Repent America (his income, he says, comes from
�donations from individuals and churches�).� Given the wide variety of Repent
America�s activities and sponsored events, �donations� must be good these days.
rejoinder to the City Paper article --
Response from Mr. Marcavage . .
A recent statement published in City
Paper, in a tabloid-like fashion, quoted me in suggesting that my desire is
to have homosexuals and other sinners put to death. In regards to the accuracy
of the quotation, it is clear that it was not published in its entirety and was
my response to a theological question, which was off the record. Sadly, this
has led others to promote the quotation in a false light. So, on the record, I
want to make it clear, as it was even included in that printed quotation, that
I do not desire that homosexuals be put to death but rather proclaim what the
Scripture says in Romans 6:23, �For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.�
I believe that homosexual behavior is sin and cannot force any person
to accept this message, but can only warn. I confessed in the City Paper
quotation, as I do so now, that I am guilty of violating God�s law but have
repented and accepted the payment for sin, Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, I do not
act in hatred toward any person, including the homosexual, but I go to those
willing to listen with the same love that was extended to me. If I did not
love, I would stay in a church building.
Director, Repent America
Ed: City Paper stands by the
veracity of Taussig�s article and reporting.
-- some of Mr. Marcavage�s theologically-phrased �views� find more
forthright expression in those of a �Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate
in Ohio [who] wants to make homosexual behavior a capital crime punishable by
the death penalty.� The World New Daily article
went on to describe the political agenda of Merrill Keiser, Jr.,:
�Just like we have laws against murder, we
have laws against stealing, we have laws against taking drugs -- we should have
laws against immoral conduct,� Keiser told WTOL-TV in Toledo . . .
that the United States has been moved in a Godless direction by the courts,� he
told the Sandusky Register . . .
the Register the United States should make conversion to Christianity part of
the war on terror to teach Muslims the error of their choice in religion.
candidate also decries evolution, saying it is contrary to the Declaration of
of evolution works against the liberties we have in the United States,� he told
the paper. If a person believe[s] in evolution, he or she �has no rights,� he�s
No doubt Mr. Keiser was displeased with the Ohio Board of Education that voted
11 to 4 on February 14 "to toss out a mandate that 10th-grade biology
classes include critical analysis of evolution and an accompanying model lesson
plan, dealing the intelligent design movement its second serious defeat in two
"The board, which became the first in the nation to
single out evolution for special scrutiny under the academic standards it
adopted in 2002, stripped the language from the curriculum partly out of fear
of a lawsuit in the wake of a December ruling by a federal judge that teaching intelligent design
in the Dover, Pa., public schools was unconstitutional". [link added]
But the Ohio
candidate can rest assured. His state amended its constitution to legalize
discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens, and is generally quite
mean-spirited when it comes to homosexuals and their
well-being: �An Ohio legislator is asking a court to declare Miami
University is violating the state Constitution by providing benefits to the
same-sex partners of faculty and staff.�
�Dr. Dino� wants people to stop thinking and believe the
Earth is 6,000 years old and dinosaurs went on a cruise with
Noah. Merrill Keiser, Jr., wants gay
and lesbian Americans killed ad majorem
gloriam Dei. Ignorance, religion and politics are indeed a familiar
�trinity,� and they
sell pizzas too:
Notoriously-homophobic Domino�s Pizza
founder Thomas S. Monaghan is making plans to build his own city [Ave Maria] in
central Florida, basing his government on
the principles of the Roman Catholic Church . .
No adult bookstores will be allowed,
pharmacies will not carry condoms or birth control pills, and cable television
will have no X-rated channels, to create a better living environment for
people. If Monaghan wants to help people live a better life, we suggest he stop
selling people his boxed heart-attack kits which he refers to as �pizza,� and
instead sell people actual food. Actual pizza would even be acceptable.
Monaghan has backtracked a bit -- �I would say I just
misspoke� -- but is also having his lawyers review �legal issues surrounding his original ideas� that included banning gays and
lesbians from his city.
And speaking of
the �principles� of the Roman
Catholic Church upon which Monaghan wants to base his city�s government:
The Roman Catholic archdiocese of
Dublin published a report Wednesday that says 102 of its priests -- more than
3.5 percent of the total -- are suspected of sexually or physically abusing at
least 350 children since 1940, the biggest such admission to date in Ireland.
The office of Archbishop Diarmuid
Martin said it was publishing its findings ahead of the expected formation
later this month of a government-appointed commission to investigate the
history and handling of such abuse throughout Ireland. This predominantly Catholic
nation has been rocked by waves of church sex-abuse scandals since 1994.
The Boston archdioceses was among the worst in America for
covering-up child abuse perpetrated by priests, yet Massachusetts governor Mitt
Romney -- who�s got designs on the White House -- is determined to
find a way to
exempt Catholic Charities from placing children with same-sex parents who
are already forced to go through hell even to qualify as adoptive parents. The exemption
was requested by the state�s Catholic bishops. Their �reasoning� was that the
law violates their �religious freedom� and is contrary to Catholic principles.
One has to wonder where those principles were when Catholic bishops in
Massachusetts and across the country were illegally covering up decades of child abuse and
pedophilia perpetrated by priests and the bishops kept shifting them from diocese to diocese,
enabling them to continue their abuses.
Instead of eyeing the White House, Mitt Romney should set
his sights on becoming mayor of Monaghan�s city. Merrill Keiser, Jr., would be
an excellent attorney for the city, and �Dr. Dino� could serve as its
superintendent of schools.
The early Catholic Church solved the Adam-erection-lust-sin problem by
decreeing that only-recently-fallen Adam�s penis was akin to his leg. All he
had to do was will it �up� and it went up: no lust or eroticism required, hence
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