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Killing Time - We're All Mad Here
You can tell I'm mad because I have straw in my hair.
Killing Time
I don't say this often, but I need to find a creationist. I know there are some of them near me; I see them driving past me on the road with bumper stickers like "DOUBT DARWIN" or the Jesus fish eating the Darwin fish. However, it's very hard to strike up a conversation with someone on the road. There are closed windows in between us, and rushing wind, and a general disinclination to just look out your side window in case the person you're passing wants to ask you a philosophical question.

I have a new question to ask a creationist, though, one that's been bugging me since I first thought of it this morning. How do creationists feel about extinction? I went to the Creation Wiki in search of an answer, but there's nothing there to indicate that they've considered the ramifications at all. The numbers are bad enough even if you're not a creationist; some scientists estimate that up to 20% of all currently existing species could become extinct in the next couple of decades. That's a troubling sort of figure to someone like me, who believes that species evolved to fill specific niches, meaning that their absence could have broad-reaching ramifications for the environment. But if you believe that God created each species individually, carefully crafting each one for a specific purpose, what can you possibly think about their extinction?

The Creation Wiki doesn't seem to have an issue with the fact that humans are erasing God's handiwork from the face of the Earth. In their article on dinosaur extinction, they suggest that dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark, and only later were hunted into extinction by humans. So when God caused a worldwide cataclysm, he intentionally spared the dinosaurs. Shouldn't there be a problem with the idea that people then killed them off?

Creationists, as far as I can figure, ought to be the leaders of every conservation program. They should be the ones you hear about on the news, who killed would-be poachers or fired upon whaling vessels. Killing is against the commandments, of course, but humans are in no danger of going extinct, so surely there's some leeway; God orders plenty of killing in the Bible when it suits his purposes. Keeping one of his creations from being removed from existence seems like it must qualify for an exemption.

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Auditory Hallucination: Megadeth -- Symphony of Destruction

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