The Mark Armitage Case
I have been eagerly anticipating writing this particular article. This is a particularly personal article for me. Mark Armitage was fired from his microscopy job at California State University Northridge because of his creationist beliefs by academic fascist and evolutionist, Ernie Kwok. This was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back that motivated me to get actively involved proclaiming the truth of creation and the utter falsehood of evolution. Ernie Kwok at CSUN apparently could not tolerate a creationist publishing a scientific article on his soft dinosaur tissue find in a peer reviewed journal. Kwok had told Armitage that he was not going to tolerate Armitage’s “creationist projects” and, obviously, he was not kidding.
(Yoo-hooooo…Ernie Kwok, are you listening? You can thank yourself for adding some fire to the creationist movement–namely me. I probably would still be doing nothing in this arena were it not for your firing of Mark Armitage, Ernie. Just think of what you fathered, Ernie: what Thulsa Doom was to Conan in the movie Conan the Barbarian, you are to me…so…Ernie…may I call you “Daddy”? )
I sat on the creationist sidelines passively learning, reading and recording various thoughts and observations over many years. Other than writing and passing out a small booklet on the campus of Johns Hopkins University many years ago (somewhat in response to Steven M. Stanley’s publication of The New Evolutionary Timetable), I devoted myself to other things. I did not really see myself as having much to contribute to the creationist cause that was not already being done articulately and effectively by many other people. Heck, what do I have to contribute to compare with Henry Morris’ The Genesis Flood, for example? Not much. A scientist, I am not. And please don’t even ask me to look at a mathematical equation. But I believe I do have keen perspective. Balanced perspective, that is. And I can grasp and understand what I read.
This is a many-faceted subject touching many disciplines, and I do have a pretty broad grasp of details in a variety of disciplines, and I believe also the ability to NOT lose sight of the forest for the trees. I’ve also had some things to say about the psychology of the evolutionists which I do not hear or read from other creationists. “Professional deference,” you know. Professional deference is all well and fine but thank the Lord, I do not have to worry about that and can speak freely. Evolutionists, to be blunt, have a long and thick history of dishonesty and deceit with the public, censorship of relevant information, and, indeed, persecution of Darwin doubters, and someone needs to call them out on this. I prefer the “Walk loudly and carry a big stick” approach. Yeah, I’ve got the evolutionists’ number. I know what makes them tick, and why. I have known for a long time of the tyranny in academia regarding the creation-evolution issue, but for some reason the Mark Armitage case in particular really stuck in my crawl.
When I learned of the firing of Mark Armitage, it made me boiling angry. I almost immediately began to go to know-nothing evolutionists’ websites with forums and start doing intellectual battle with some of the nincompoops out there pontificating on things beyond their ken. I am pretty sure I am the reason why one evolutionist shut his site down. (I would not expect he would ever admit to that.) He found the subject (or me?) too hot to handle. After several rounds of discussion, I made the mistake of telling him what I was going to be contributing to the discussion next (scientific documentation of my assertions) in future posts and the next day the site was promptly shut down. The owner of the website “explained” that he decided that some of his other interests were going to take priority over his involvement in this issue (or over a debate on evolution that he could not win, if you ask me). Frankly, this emboldened me to look for other venues. And it showed me that I, as an individual, can actually have an impact in the larger world out there grappling with these issues.
If you are a creationist and you feel timid about taking on the evolutionists head on, let me key you in on a secret: most (not all, but most) of the evolutionists spouting off publicly (i.e., on the internet) are vacuous propagandists, all bluff and bluster. The internet is overflowing with these types. There is even a large group who call themselves “howler monkeys” because they have made it their goal to shout down creationists in a barrage of mindless vilification and insults. They’ve got their hands on one or two pieces of evolutionary propaganda and mistakenly think they’ve got the magic wand to undo all of creationism. They would make good parrots or mynah birds, endlessly chirping, “Polly wants a cracker! Polly wants a cracker. POLLY WANTS A CRACKER!!! POLLY WANTS A CRACKER!!!” They know how to mindlessly parrot propaganda they have heard on the subject by their favorite atheist but they do not really understand what they are saying. When you challenge them knowledgeably, they melt away like the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, shrieking, “Oh no, my beautiful wickedness! My beautiful wickedness!…”
The scientific case supporting creation (and biblical creation, at that) and intelligent design is overwhelming. Scientifically, evolution is dead. It matters not what discipline you focus on, whether paleontology (i.e., the fossil record), geology (uniformitarianism is out and catastrophism is back even among evolutionists), microbiology (there is intelligent design all over the place), genetics (there is mega-intelligent design all over the place), etc.
Knowledgeable evolutionists know these things. (Read, for example, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, by Michael Denton, or watch geologist Don Patton’s video “Creation or Evolution – How Old is the Earth?) The evolutionists also know that in the face of this fact, the most effective method to prop up their religion of Naturalism is censorship and repression of information and persecution of Darwin doubters. I would not go so far as to say that ALL of the evolutionists eggs are in the censorship basket, but MOST of them are. Spin-doctoring of unfriendly information to the general public also looms large in their bag of tricks.
The Mark Armitage case is typical, not atypical. If the Armitage case were atypical, I would not even bother writing these articles. But in point of fact, the Mark Armitage case is representative of academia in its entirety when it comes to the creation-evolution issue.
But there I go digressing again… back to the Mark Armitage case.
The situation is relatively straightforward. Nature magazine, one of the bulwarks of evolutionary propaganda, made a surprisingly and more or less unbiased report of the case. They noted:
“In May 2012, Mark Armitage made a discovery that he had dreamed of for years. While digging in Montana, he uncovered one of the largest triceratops horns ever found in the Hell Creek Formation, a legendary stack of fossil-bearing rocks that date to the last days of the dinosaurs…microscopic examination revealed that it contained not only fossilized bone but also preserved layers of soft tissue. ‘They were brown, stretchy sheets. I was shocked to see anything that was that pliable,’ he says.
“In February 2013, he published his findings in Acta Histochemica, a journal of cell and tissue research (M. H. Armitage and K. L. Anderson Acta Histochem. 115, 603–608; 2013). Two weeks later, he was fired from his job at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he managed the biology department’s electron and confocal microscopy suite.
“Now he is embroiled in a long-shot legal fight to get his job back.”—emphasis supplied.
Nature magazine neglected to report Armitage’s account of the incidents that led up to the firing, and they failed to name Ernie Kwok, Armitage’s supervisor, in the incident. Armitage’s account of what led up to his termination of employment may be found in a YouTube video. According to Mark Armitage :
“The facts are these:
“Ernie Kwok came into my lab in June of 2012 and said, ‘We will not tolerate your religion in this department, or your creationist projects either!’ Later in 2012, when Kwok assumed the chairmanship of the Electron Microscope Committee which supervised my lab, he made it plain he was my supervisor, and he met with the committee on the day that my paper was published online and told the secretary “don’t tell Mark” that they were meeting in secret (on a committee that I served on for 38 months). I was excluded from the meeting. It was in that meeting that they determined to fire me. Ten days later I was terminated, “because the lab has to be shut down due to funding issues.” The lab is still up and running today – (don’t believe me? Just go to CSUN Biology and look up the microscopy lab). In fact, the lab phone number still answers with MY VOICE. Funding problems my hairy white arse. We are filing suit suit soon – stay tuned….Mark”
This was submitted by Armitage to Dr. Jay L. Wile’s blog.
Obviously, soft dinosaur tissue is a very, very, very sore spot and a sensitive subject with evolutionists—which only serves to highlight the fact that they recognize (but will not acknowledge) that the existence of soft dinosaur tissue utterly and conclusively refutes their evolutionary pretensions. There is no believable way to reconcile the existence of soft dinosaur tissue and the passage of millions of years. As Armitage observes, if the dinosaur tissue is young, then the earth is young; and if the earth is young then suddenly Genesis becomes a believable report of origins.
The jig is up for evolutionists. With soft dinosaur tissue on the table, all that is left for the evolutionists is to retreat into a state of psychological denial, spout willful misrepresentations of the facts on the subject, and indulge in persecution of creationists like Mark Armitage.
In my next article, “GOD IN YOUR FACE,” we will discuss Theism vs Naturalism and three phenomena that solidly manifest the existence of the Creator as a far superior explanation for their existence than Naturalism.