Kenneth Smith: The New Spokesman for Creationism?
A parent of a Jefferson County student has filed a federal lawsuit against local, state and federal education officials claiming the teaching of evolution, which he says is a religion, violates his child’s Constitutional rights.
Kenneth Smith, who is representing himself, filed the four-page federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia against the Jefferson County Board of Education, state Superintendent Michael Martirano, National Institute of Health director Francis Collins, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education.
Charlseton Daily Mail, 5-21-2015
Everybody he could think of, apparently. You can download the entire 4-page lawsuit here in pdf form, if you’re interested.
This same Kenneth Smith apparently wrote The True Origin of Man. I tried to call him to verify that, but he never returned my call. Since the quality of his writing is about the same in both the suit and the book, I assume he wrote them both.
I recommend the book only if you’re really curious. I will say for this man that he has a lot of imagination. In fact, most of his “information” that is presented as if it were Biblical is not from the Bible at all; it is only from his deluded brain.
Before I go any further, I should confess that I have not read the entire book. I read up to the point where the “black man-like things” who were descended from Cain and a female gorilla were helping Noah and his sons on the ark, so this is the only part of the book I can comment on. I may read further sometime when I’m in the mood for fantasy. Quotes below, except for the first one, are from that part of the book. They are indented and italicized. (Mis-spellings, poor grammar, and obtuse wording in the quotes are his. I make too many mistakes of my own to take credit for anybody else’s.)
This first one’s from the book ad at Amazon. We know from this what a terribly important book it is. (For the irony challenged, that was sarcasm.)
A major benefit of this book is that the very beginning of man’s history is unveiled in a new light, which will be the talk of many prestigious inner circles of elite social groups and higher arc political policy makers. Majoring student readers of this book will be informed first ahead of their college professors on the new direction of D.N.A.’s future of calculating the mutated percentage cells in any genome. Truth! Some people love being first to know secrets. Others being ahead of the game and the readers of this book will have that cutting edge in life.
The rest of these quotes are wisdom directly from the book itself. First, for example, we learn that he’s an expert on Constitutional law.
The complete misalignment of science and theology has given rise to many lawsuits in the U.S. Supreme Court that to date, remain unresolved and abandon religious and political leadership to govern itself. Recently established laws in the constitution carry a neutral and non-offensive tone, whether printed in school textbooks or not.
I guess that’s important in light of his law suite. I dunno. I’m not a lawyer. Next we learn he’s also an expert in biotechnology.
Early in the twenty-first century, the scientific community celebrated a conclusion in the Human Genome Project that has caused a derailment in the advancement of biotechnology.
That’s strange. I thought modern biotechnology was doing pretty well. Let’s see what else we can learn. The True Origin of Man starts by telling us our ancestors were not Homo sapiens. They were something better.
These original humans have been given a prestigious name, “Imperial Humanus.” Because they are not homosapiens,
He gets his info from the Bible. The good ol’ King James Version. (I guess if it was good for Paul and Silas, it’s good enough for him.) Well, uh, along with a lot of imagination, as previously noted. I don’t remember “Imperial Humanus” any time I read the good old KJV. I wonder how I missed that.
Even though DNA testifies to the human genetic normal specie thorough the variations changes referenced here from scripture in the King James Bible.
I assume English is his first language. It’s hard to tell. I am really not sure what that sentence means, except that he’s referencing the King James Bible.
Now comes the clarification of the truth in detail with no holes of faith, belief, or hypothesis: the exact relationship between DNA and the many mysterious human variations we have today. Step by step, all events will be explained with the stirring emotions that altered the course of history.
OK. We are going to learn the truth now. In detail. With no holes of faith, belief, or hypothesis in it. Let’s see what the real truth is.
The detailed image of man is that he had pure white hair, like snowcapped mountain peaks, which included every hair on his body. He had sapphire blue eyes that reflected the beauty of great oceans, as if viewed from space by God for many centuries. Not a brown speck could be found in man’s eyes, even if you had used the Hubble telescope to look into them. His skin was pale, clear as a flawless cloud in all its whiteness, not a freckle or brown spot of pigment to be found on it anywhere, and not a sickle cell in his entire body. Nor could 100% pure humans pass this sickle cell trait on to their children, because it was genetically impossible, it wasn’t configured in their genome.
Well, the Hubble telescope doesn’t look into anyone’s eyes. It was designed to look at things bigger and farther away. But we’ll let that pass as a figure of speech. This man describes our first ancestors as being pure white, “pale, clear as a flawless cloud in all its whiteness,” with snow-white hair and blue eyes. (If I said that, I’d be branded a racist. But we’ll give Kenneth some leeway there.) Personally, I had assumed our first ancestors were black, since they evolved in Africa before moving on to Europe and other places. Kenneth doesn’t seem to be aware that blue eyes are a mutation that originated in Europe a few thousand years ago.
Adam’s and Eve’s bodies were so perfect there was “not a freckle or brown spot of pigment to be found on it anywhere, and not a sickle cell in his entire body.” Sickle Cell? OK. That probably makes sense. But who would’ve thought that anyway? Somebody who has struggled with the disease, obviously. Either personally or somebody he loves. I’m sorry, Kenneth. I’m very sorry. That’s a ghastly condition, and we need to find a way to treat those who have it and prevent anybody else ever being born with it. But real science is the way. Fantasy won’t work.
But how does he know all this? Did he just make it up? No, no. Not this part. He went to the New Testament for a description of God from John’s
vision nightmare nightmare vision. Remember, Adam was said to have been made in God’s image. And Eve was made from Adam. Here’s what God looks like.
This is how much they all looked like, imaged from the likeness of the Lord, who created us. Revelation 1: 14 says his head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow— freshly driven snow— and his eyes were like a flame of fire; alcohol burns a blue flame.
So that’s where the blue eyes idea came from. God had eyes like a flame of fire, and alcohol burns with a blue flame; so Adam and Eve had blue eyes. Now I get it. But why alcohol, Kenneth? Wood burns with a variety of colors, doesn’t it? Blue, of course. But also red and orange?
Next we come to the perpetual question, “Where did Cain get his wife?” The Bible doesn’t actually answer this question. When I was a believer, I assumed he married one of his sisters. After all, there was nobody else. But Kenneth has a different idea. Here’s where he goes off into the wild blue yonder.
Cain followed a young courting female ape into the thick brush of the forest. You could see him looking back behind himself, to see if anyone might be looking . . . Then the bushes started to shake . . . Cain fornicated with an animal, a practice some men still carry on today.
Yup. According to the Gospel of Kenneth, Cain had been living in the vicinity of a tribe of gorillas. He didn’t know anything about sex, because his parents had kept it secret from him. In that cave where they curled up around the campfire together? Yeah, right! Anyway, as he watched the gorillas, he realized something was missing from his life. So he followed a horny female into the bushes.
I can’t comment on his last statement there. As far as I know, none of my friends has access to a horny female gorilla.
Here we get our first genetics lesson, when Cain later stumbles upon the ape nursing his own offspring.
One day while walking along in the forest amongst the apes, . . . There in the arms of this docile creature was a nursing half-man, half-ape newborn. DNA states 100% human + 0 combined with 100% primate + 0 = 100 / 2 = 50 + 100 / 2 = 50 for a fused genome of 50/ 50% human, primate offspring produced.
That’s an intimidating formula. What does it mean? It’s just a complicated way of saying that half human plus half ape equals something that’s half human and half ape, only it’s been put into numbers and symbols to try to look ‘scientific.”
The National Center for Science Education website says “The about-the-author line explains, ‘Kenneth Smith after gaining his science degree has spent many years thereafter studying theology and made the ultimate discovery.'” The Kindle version I bought didn’t seem to mention this. But no matter, since he apparently didn’t think to say what kind of science he studied, what kind of degree he got, or what university awarded it. Without that information, trying to sound scientific is all he’s got going for him. So what else can we learn?
Cain is the missing link between men and ape.
I think this is enough.
I really feel sorry for Kenneth. He’s obviously doing something he believes in, and he doesn’t need people like me making fun of him; but what he believes is obviously fantasy. I’m even sorrier for his daughter, who is undoubtedly being teased and ridiculed at school about being part gorilla. It’s really sad.
Fortunately, his suit will surely be dismissed quickly, if it hasn’t been already. His daughter will get to learn the real science that he deplores and calls religion, unless he pulls her out of public school. I hope he doesn’t do that; because she needs the education, including the evolutionary science, to become a veterinarian. (Plus, she’ll learn ALL humans are actually cousins of chimps and even more distant cousins of gorillas, instead of just some of us being great- great-grandkids of gorillas.)
I thought at first Kenneth believed gorillas have sickle cell anemia and transmitted it to humanity through Cain’s lineage, but he mentions a mutation several times; so I’m not sure. The disease actually is caused by a mutation in an African lineage that happened a few thousand years ago, but after the main migration out of the continent. Natural selection increased it in the gene pool because a single mutated gene produces limited immunity to malaria. Two mutated genes in a single genome cause the terrible sickle cell disease.
The lesson we should learn here is that the level of thinking that went into this book and this lawsuit is the same level of thinking that ALWAYS goes into creationism. Sure, there are some smart creationists. I know some of them personally. But they don’t think intelligently about biology and cosmology. They know what they believe–that God made earth and the universe in six days about 6,000 years ago, and He made humans in our present form on the sixth day–and nothing else matters.
Sorry, but that’s just not true.
Regardless what anybody says, the universe really is about 13.7 billion years old, the solar system (including earth) really is about 4.5 billion years old, and all life on earth really did evolve from a germ in the time since our planet congealed from the sun’s primordial disk. Not because I say so. Personally I have very little understanding of the evidence of cosmology. But because there’s so much evidence that cosmologists and physicists who do understand it virtually all agree it’s true. I think it was Neil DeGrasse Tyson who commented, “The great thing about science is it’s still true whether you believe it or not.”
If you’re really curious, buy the Kindle version from Amazon for $3.99. It’s good for a few laughs. (It’s not in my bookstore. I reserve that for books by authors I’ve learned to trust.)