July 2008 "Truth Is Consistent" newsletter



Two hundred and thirty-two years ago our Founding Fathers were putting the finishing touches on one of the most profound documents in the history of the world--our Declaration of Independence. 

After much debate and rewording, the Declaration begins:

"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."

This would be a fitting time to read it in its entirety. Note that Max McLean's "Listeners Bible" organization has an inspirational reading of it.  Their MP3 download is free through July 6 (here).
Those who signed the Declaration closed with:

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

We hope you enjoy this newsletter.  Thank you!

In This Issue
Citizen Involvement
Book Review
Roots and Fruits of Evolution - RACISM
Academic Freedom
History Notes & Quotes
Truth is consistent.  Inherently consistent.  Consistency is at the very heart of the scientific method where proposed hypotheses and theories are tested and probed for inconsistencies that might render them false, incomplete, or in need of serious modification.  One could simplify by saying that "truth is".

In Darwin's relatively simple-minded times, the imagined family tree was related to morphology, meaning how organisms "look" in relation to other organisms.  In recent years, it has become possible to propose family trees based on other criteria, such as DNA sequences (digital 'language' information), amino acids, proteins, and specific morphology features.  Where this has been done, the new family tree does not match Darwin's or other morphology-based trees.

The most recent example was reported this week by NewScientist (here).  In what they report is "the largest analysis of birds to date using modern genetic methods," enough "surprises" were found to "force biologists to reevaluate much of what they thought they knew about avian evolution," [their words, not ours].  Put more bluntly, classic Darwinian ancestral relationships for the studied birds have been falsified.

Unfortunately, they do not show graphically how dramatic this finding is, but others have done so in prior cases.  It is instructive to highlight a few of these cases.

DoolittleW. Ford Doolittle1 constructed such an alternative based on his discoveries (see left). Note the apparent lateral transfer of genes in direct conflict to Darwin's branching tree of life.  Note that Doolittle's view has no single "common ancestor", requiring instead numerous initial life forms from the beginning.  (This reticulated "net" of life is also explained by the concept of "common design points to a common designer.")

Another example is given by the University of Wisconsin2.  In their comparison of morphology (below left) vs. molecular (below right) evidence based trees, they demonstrate intractable differences between the two shown below.  Note the positions of everything between jellyfish and vertebrates are scrambled.



Under the principle of "truth is consistent", when multiple ancestral trees exist and conflict with one another, only one can be true and it is possible that none are true!

1- W. Ford Doolittle, "Phylogenetic Classification and the Universal Tree" as online at:  http://cas.bellarmine.edu/tietjen/Ecology/phylogenetic_classification_and_.htm
2- from University of Wisconsin - Madison, online at: http://www.news.wisc.edu/newsphotos/animaltree.html


Some of you may wonder what the differences are between the two main parties.  On the subject of teaching Darwinism, they couldn't be much further apart! 

Democratic Party:  The Texas Democratic Party 2008, 2006, and 2004 platforms are strangely silent on the evolution debate, in spite of Darwinism's history of "bad fruit" such as racism. 

Republican Party:  The 2008 GOP platform not only includes longstanding language supporting teaching alternatives to Darwinist dogma, it has also added a teacher protection provision this year. 

"We support objective teaching and equal treatment of strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories, including Intelligent Design. We believe theories of life origins and environmental theories should be taught as scientific theory, not scientific law. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind."

While others spew rhetoric, the Texas GOP is supporting teachers who are sometimes intimidated if they question Darwinist dogma.

Congratulations to Cathie Adams, long-time President of Texas Eagle Forum, for being elected to represent Texas on the Republican National Committee as well as on the Platform Committee for the National convention.

The ACLU:  We understand that the ACLU is reported to be doubling its Texas lawyers' army, funded in part by George Soros.  For more info click here (FMF).
ExploreEvolutionExplore Evolution
by Stephen C. Meyer, Scott Minnich, et.al.

In the words of the authors, this book was written so that "you could learn about the controversial aspects of evolutionary theory that are discussed openly in scientific books and journals but which are not widely reported in textbooks."

It covers numerous major areas of 'evidence' often cited by school textbooks, including a "case for" evolution, a "reply" countering the evolutionists interpretation, and usually a section on "further debate".  Specific topics include the fossil record, anatomical homology, molecular homology, embryology, natural selection and mutation, and irreducibly complex features of molecular machines.

The book is available in paper and hardback, and discounts are available for bulk orders.  Schools ordering the book will also obtain additional teaching materials including suggested testing questions, powerpoint slides, and videos.

This book teaches more, not less, evolution.  Everyone genuinely interested in the scientific strengths and weaknesses of evolution theories, including teachers, should have a copy for themselves and their classes.  More discussion and ordering information may be found at http://www.exploreevolution.com/index.php.

A belief in Darwinism has supported evil since the 1800s.  Recently some have begun publicizing a dark secret of Charles Darwin--he and many of his followers were racist.  They explicitly rejected the idea we celebrate, that "all Men are created equal".  Ironically, this aspect of Darwinism is ignored by the militant evolutionists, academia, government, and even civil rights activists, but is not difficult to show.  To start with, the subtitle of The Origin of Species was "By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life". [underscore added]

Benjamin Wiker points out in his book Moral Darwinism that Darwin later wrote in part in Descent of Man that the:

American aborigines, Negroes and Europeans differ as much from each other in mind as any three races that can be named.

German Ernst Haeckel, infamous for promoting his fraudulent drawings we know as "Haeckel's Embryos", took the idea even further, writing that:

Though the great differences in the mental life and the civilization of the higher and lower races of men are generally known, they are, as a rule, under-valued, and so the value of life at different levels is falsely estimated...[The] lower races (such as the Veddahs or Australian Negroes) are psychologically nearer to the mammals (apes and dogs) than to civilized Europeans; we must, therefore, assign a totally different value to their lives...The gulf between [the] thoughtful mind of civilized man and the thoughtless animal soul of the savage is enormous--greater than the gulf that separates the latter from the soul of a dog. [emphasis added]

There are MANY more examples.  Benjamin Wiker's book "Moral Darwinism" can be ordered from Amazon here.  John West's book, "Darwin Day in America," also addresses some of these issues and may be ordered from Amazon here.

CensorshipLouisiana:  In the face of blistering criticism from the Darwinian thought police, the Louisiana legislature has overwhelmingly passed The Louisiana Science Education Act, (SB733, now signed as Act No. 473 here), which assists teachers to promote "critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning" without fear of retribution.  Their Senate vote was unanimous and the House vote was 94-3.

Governor Bobby Jindal, who has a biology degree from Brown University, home of tenured arch-Darwinist Ken Miller, has now signed the ground breaking legislation into law.  Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

  The Institute for Creation Research Graduate School continues to be summarily snubbed by the Governor Perry-appointed Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).  ICR has been denied approval to operate in Texas (after successfully operating their Masters level program in California for over 25 years), purely and simply because they dare to interpret forensic evidence differently than the materialists.  While the THECB commissioner Raymund Paredes (BA English, PhD American Civilization) claims publicly that he carefully reviewed ICR application documents before throwing out the recommendation of two of his own committees that supported ICR's application, information discovered in a Texas Public Information Act (PIA) request clearly shows that he and his deputy Joe Stafford had prepared the ICR rejection before the hearing was even convened! 

Information about how you can file your own public information act request with the THECB is located online here.  It is your right and duty to keep our government checked, and the PIA is a powerful tool to help do so.

ICR has filed an administrative appeal (details here and here) citing "bigotry" and "viewpoint discrimination" on the part of the Governor Perry-appointed board that rejected them.  You can call the Governor's office at 800-252-9600 or in other ways listed at the Governor's website here.

If you have any lingering doubt about this injustice, it will be removed when you review the documents linked above.  More information can be found at the ICR website here or at their "Never Stop Questioning" portal (
click here) that lets one drill down to about any level of detail on many important questions of both science and philosophy.

"Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed":  Ben Stein's investigation of the Darwinists and their (il)logic is now running in Canada.  If you have friends north of the border, please let them know.

If you didn't see it in theaters, be sure to get the DVD when it comes out around Christmas or sooner.
Liberty Bell
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights..." 

Did the Founders really mean the Creator was the source of our laws and liberties?  You decide.

"It is so obvious to every reasonable being, that he did not make himself; and the world which he inhabits could as little make itself that the moment we begin to exercise the power of reflection, it seems impossible to escape the conviction that there is a Creator." -- John Quincy Adams

"It might be judged an affront to your understandings should I go about to prove this first principle: the existence of a Deity and that He is the Creator of the universe; for that would suppose you ignorant of what all mankind in all ages have agreed in. I shall therefore proceed to observe that He must be a being of infinite wisdom (as appears in His admirable order and disposition of things), whether we consider the heavenly bodies, the stars and planets and their wonderful regular motions; or this earth, compounded of such an excellent mixture of all the elements; or the admirable structure of animate bodies of such infinite variety and yet every one adapted to its nature and the way of life is to be placed in, whether on earth, in the air, or in the water, and so exactly that the highest and most exquisite human reason cannot find a fault; and say this would have been better so, or in such a manner which whoever considers attentively and thoroughly will be astonished and swallowed up in admiration." -- Benjamin Franklin

"...if man could not create himself, nothing else could; and matter, if it were not external, could produce nothing but matter; it could never produce thought nor free will nor consciousness. There must have been, therefore, a time when this globe and its inhabitants did not exist. The question then arises, what gave it existence? We answer God, the great First Cause of all things. What is God? We know not. We know Him only through His creation and His revelation. What do these teach us? They teach us, first this; incomprehensible power, next His infinite mind, and lastly His universal benevolence or goodness. These terms express all that we can know or believe of Him." -- Daniel Webster

"[T]he law . . . dictated by God Himself is, of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this." -- Alexander Hamilton

"[The] law established by the Creator, which has existed from the beginning, extends over the whole globe, is everywhere and at all times binding upon mankind. . . . and is paramount to all human control." -- Rufus King

These quotes are excerpted from an excellent article by historian David Barton, online at Wallbuilders here and at a longer one here.  Note that David Barton will also be the featured guest on James Dobson's  Focus on the Family broadcast July 3 and 4.  Find a station to listen to here or listen online here.
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