Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it also can be a lot funnier – especially when multiple fictions being sold as truth collide in an internet conflagration that simultaneously debunks them all. A real Bonfire of the Vanities if you will.
A polite but angry archaeologist, Dr. Robert R. Cargill lays short waste to claims of noah’s ark ministries international that this group out of Hong Kong has found Noah’s ark. Noah’s ark gets found every couple of years, and this year is no exception.
…however, this story may be even more sinister than a simple sensationalist claim. there is evidence that it may have all been a hoax. an article by stephen kurczy in the christian science monitor is now claiming that fellow ark hunter, dr. randall price of liberty university, who once worked with the noah’s ark ministries international group and was the archaeologist on the chinese-led team in 2008 when this alleged discovery was first made, may have been participants in an elaborate hoax. according to the article:
which he goes on to quote in his post; no, no you didn’t find noah’s ark.
At the end of the the article, he switches topic (at least superficially) to Ergun Caner’s deceptions with these words:
PS: Liberty University (Jerry Falwell’s Lynchburg VA fundamentalist school) is facing another scandal. The President and Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Ergun Caner has been er, creative about his background.
Southern Baptist bloggers have been instrumental in uncovering the Liberty U’s staff member errors and lies. A good summary of religious right star Dr. Caner’s claims is here.
Concerning Randall Price, Noah’s Ark, and Liberty University, we have this glowing praise from PZ Meyer in his article called Latest Ark finding is a fake:
This is completely unsurprising. An account from Randall Price has emerged; Price is a notorious Ark-hunter, young earth creationist, and professor at Liberty University, so he has good kook credentials and is the kind of guy who desperately wants the recent claims of the discovery of Noah’s Ark to be true, making this an admission contrary to his biases…of course, it turns out he also has a money motive to begrudge the Chinese evangelicals their ‘discovery’. But this is also a familiar story.
Scientifically, Young Earth Creationism is of the same class as believing the earth is flat. This confluence of multiple deceptions and absurdities has inspired me to follow in Ergun’s footsteps and invent an account of how it was he who actually discovered Noah’s ark while being trained in the Islamic Youth Jihad in eastern Turkey:
A testimony by Ergan Caner as it might be imagined after listening to his many claims:
Let me submit to you a most amazing thing that happened when I was a child growing up in eastern Turkey being trained by the Islamic Youth Jihad to do unto you that which happened on September 11. Our Zukhurruukhadoo (which means “Terrorist Leader” in my native Turkish tongue), often demanded extreme acts of physical exertion to train our bodies for JIHAD!!! against Ameeerrrrrrrikans by having us run up the side of Mount Ararrrrat. And believe it or not (this is true, I would never lie to you, this really happened), one day a storm struck when I was near the peak and while looking for shelter I found Noah’s Ark! I showed it to my mukhahundahs (meaning “comrades” in my native Turkish tongue) and after an hour of rapt exploration we found a stall marked “bacharakhahakhara” (which means “cattle” in my native Turkish tongue). It was the very place Noah kept the cattle for over a year, so as you might imagine it was full of dung which now was very dry after 4,000 years and burned very easily. So we made a campfire with the cow dung. I’ll never forget the many hours we sat telling stories as we warmed ourselves with that ancient pile of burning bullshit.
If you are wondering what inspired me to present Ergun as repeatedly speaking rank gibberish, take a look at this video:
The first foreign words he spoke (Isa bin Allah) are Arabic and mean “Jesus son of Allah.” Elsewhere Caner incorrectly translates them as “Jesus IS Allah.” The “foreign” words that follow are absolute gibberish with no meaning in any language. It is utterly meaningless moronic babble being presented as what he supposedly said to his father on the day he supposedly received Jesus Christ as Lord. I say supposedly for many reasons – one of which being that he falsely stated the date to be November 4, 1982 which contradicts his testimony elsewhere. Another example of this absurd deception is found here.
I think Ergun, as the President and Dean of the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, has given us a new meaning to the word “Liberty” in Liberty University. Their new byline should read:
Liberty University – Nobody Takes Greater Liberty With The Truth!