Creationists vandalize a park sign for God

Reader Barry sent me two photos he took of a Park Service sign on Sheep Mountain Trail near Loveland, Colorado.  The 60-million-year age of the Rocky Mountains has been altered to something more Biblically accurate:


UPDATE: Lest you think creationist vandalism of park signs is limited to the U.S., take a gander at the email and photo sent me by reader David M. from Australia:

In relation to your WEIT post today,  this is a defaced sign in Mt Taylor Reserve, which is only 6km south of Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra. The b4stards are everywhere.  I had taken this photo last year.

44 Comments

  1. Steve in Oakland
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    When someone is totally deluded with religion should we expect them to know how to count?

    • Barry
      Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      I was warned by some friends after I posted this on my blog that I would get some hate mail and negative comments. Nothing has appeared on my site yet –

      indianpeaks-runner@blogspot.com

      I did get some aggressive emails but nothing too bad. One emailer pointed out that atheists also commit acts of vandalism and I am sure they are true. However, I don’t think atheists would vandalize exhibits at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. I mean, how can you vandalize something that’s already an act of vandalism?

      • Barry
        Posted July 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

        Sorry…

        indianpeaks-runner.blogspot.com

    • jon0001
      Posted July 22, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Count? They can’t even spell (as usual). Did you notice “thousend”? Isn’t creationist home-schooling brilliant? Sets you right up for one those internationally respected creationist science universities and a future in creationist scientific research… or “reading the Bible” as normal people call it.

      • bernardhurley
        Posted July 22, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

        Only very advanced students get to the point of actually reading the Bible.

        • Tim
          Posted July 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

          Only very advanced students get to the point of actually reading the Bible.

  2. bernardhurley
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    They must have been made by the same giant as the Giant’s Causeway.

  3. Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    ‘Thousend’? Creationist can’t spell? Who’da thunk it!?

  4. rmw
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised they showed such restraint, and didn’t just spray paint “Goddidit!” on the sign.

  5. Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Can’t spell either. Looks like “thousend”.

    • Eddie Janssen
      Posted July 22, 2012 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      It a capital A, I think. The lower horizontal line is one of the scratches through the word “million”.

      • Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        So… “thousAnd”?

        And mixing upper and lower case in a word is somehow better than misspelling it?

        /@

        • Eddie Janssen
          Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

          I can haz A?

          • Notagod
            Posted July 23, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

            Definitely an “A”, the embiggend picture is unanimous in that.

  6. Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    4 years old shouldn’t be allowed to bear pens…

    • arkadyrose
      Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:56 am | Permalink

      @Phil – I think you mean “play with sharp objects” – it was obviously scratched into the sign.

    • gravelinspector
      Posted July 23, 2012 at 2:19 am | Permalink

      However, some 40-year-olds should be allowed – nay, encouraged on the basis of Biblical Authority – to pen bears?
      Hmmm, needs some work on it, but there’s a joke in there, struggling to get out.

      • microraptor
        Posted July 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

        Give’m a felt-tip and send them to the zoo.

        Sadly, Binky’s no longer around, but I’m sure we can find someone else willing to take up the task.

        • bernardhurley
          Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

          Two creationists went to the zoo and one saysr “Hey, look there’s some dangeroos over there!”

          “Nah”, says the other, “They puts up signs saying ‘These animals are dangeroos’ all over the place just to make you think they’re all related to each other.”

  7. daveau
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Anybody else notice that bird dropping stain kind of looks like the Virgin Mary?

    • gbjames
      Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

      Looks kind of like that vaginal tree from a few days back.

      • daveau
        Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

        God is where you find him. 😉

        • gravelinspector
          Posted July 23, 2012 at 2:22 am | Permalink

          God is where she finds you! And judging from your attention to theology, when she finds you, she is not going to be in a happy bunny mood.
          Would PMT be a credible explanation for some of God’s famous capriciousness?

    • Stacy
      Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      It’s a sign. A SIGN FROM HEVIN! ALERT THE THOUSENDS!

  8. Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Vandalism and censorship are some of the few choices you have left when you don’t have evidence for your claims.

  9. Veroxitatis
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    And here was I thinking that the mountains were raised up after The Flood. I so wish these people would make their minds up.

  10. Tim
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    I think it is entirely possible that this is a joke offered up by someone making fun of creationists. If so, it doesn’t work; creationists’ stupidity is beyond parody.

    • microraptor
      Posted July 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      It’s possible that it was done by someone trying to make creationists look stupid, but they do that to themselves often enough that it’s very reasonable to assume that it’s legit.

  11. Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Well, that’s convinced me! The creationists can’t be wrong, not with the type of powerfully expressed, lucid argument that we see expressed here.

  12. B.R.
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    So scratching out “60 million” and replacing it with a barely legible scrawl is their idea of being smart? I guess this is as close to a great victory as they’re going to get these days…

    • Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      No, scratching out “0 million” and replacing it with “thousAnd” is their idea of being smart… 😉

      /@

  13. the Siliconopolitan
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    It’s not even right according to their own silly ideas.

    According to Ussher Teh Flud was in 2349 BCE. That’s only 4360 years ago, if I did my sums right.

    • David Evans
      Posted July 23, 2012 at 1:59 am | Permalink

      “6,000 years old” is a shibboleth. You don’t have to believe it, just saying it shows that you’re one of the tribe.

      • Posted July 23, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        Ooh, careful with terminology, there. I’m “a member of the tribe” {MOT for short)because I was born and raised Jewish. “Tribe” is a Jewish shibboleth, not a Christian one!

  14. the Siliconopolitan
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    It’s not even right based on their own silly ideas.

    According to Ussher Teh Flud was in 2349 BCE. That’s only 4360 years ago, if I did my sums right.

  15. Sastra
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    After correcting what they thought was a dating error, the birdbrain apparently left their calling card on the sign’s upper right.

    I mean, really. Is any evolutionist going to look at that final sentence — “Natural erosion also carved the rock ‘sculptures’ along this trail” — and scratch in the word “metafor?”

    • Jeff Johnson
      Posted July 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      I noticed that too. Seems they got too excited and left a DNA sample behind.

      • steve oberski
        Posted July 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

        Haploid or diploid ?

  16. Posted July 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    While atheists rush to raise money to clean a defaced church, will we see Eric Hovind or the Discovery Institute offering to repair these signs?

    • gravelinspector
      Posted July 23, 2012 at 2:35 am | Permalink

      Atheists raising money to clean a defaced church? I guess you’re referring to the events behind this news story :
      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/unequallyyoked/2011/06/update-on-church-vandalism-fundraising.html
      ?
      Strange behaviour – both by the original fools with the spray can, but also the seeming PR attempt by this “Unequally-Yoked” person (and, I infer, others). It’s so utterly transparent … I can’t see what benefit would have been gained, even if there were fulsome (I won’t ask for “honest”) praise of the offer by the Godly. But then again, Praise FSM that I work in the Real World, not in PR.
      I’d just maybe have prepared a meal for the cleaners. Meatballs and spaghetti, followed by beer from the Holy Beer Volcano, and if there were anything left in the kitty, a visit to the local Stripper Factory. There’s no indication I see where the news story originates from, geographically, so I can only hope that there is a unisex Stripper Factory in the area, to cater for all tastes.

  17. anarimus
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Somehow i don’t think “Verily i say unto thee vandalize ye the park signs.” is anywhere in there.

    • gravelinspector
      Posted July 23, 2012 at 2:37 am | Permalink

      Entries are being added to WikiDictionary to the effect that “smite” has the meaning “vandalize in a particularly cowardly manner”.

  18. Claimthehighground
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Looks like the work of a novice creationist. Otherwise “natural erosion” in the next sentence and the last would have been changed to “The Great Flood”, and the sedimentary layers would have been laid down “by God in” the ancient (well, 6 thosend year old) seas.


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