You do know that "stupid" was the last thing standing between them and full moral culpability for a particularly destructive and pernicious brand of fraud, right?
The final proof--or at least the final one that I'll write about in an effort to prove dishonesty rather than simply disprove conclusions--is this, an article on the distant starlight problem.
After having read it, I really am prepared to say that they know that they are lying. I can see someone like Behe stubbornly clinging to the belief that he really had been on to something. Dembski's clumsy and inarticulate stumbling indicates that perhaps he really didn't understand information theory--at all. Ben Stein is still beyond all hope, of course, but in most cases there is still a lingering doubt that maybe--just maybe--they are merely honest idiots.
Answers in Genesis? Not so much. They know enough about the distant starlight problem to know this:
The only problem with assuming that the light was created in-transit is that we see things happen in space. For example, we see stars change brightness and move. Sometimes we see stars explode. We see these things because their light has reached us. But if God created the light beams already on their way, then that means none of the events we see in space (beyond a distance of 6,000 light-years) actually happened. It would mean that those exploding stars never exploded or existed; God merely painted pictures of these fictional events.They know enough to know that c-decay is bunk, too:
some people have proposed that light was much quicker in the past. ... Some creation scientists believe that this is the answer to the problem of distant starlight in a young universe. ... [but] the speed of light is not an “arbitrary” parameter. ... changing [c] would cause other things to change as well, such as the ratio of energy to mass in any system.Yes, e=mc^2. If c changes, then c^2 changes even more wildly. If c is an average of 2 million times its current value (which you would need, as a minimum, to get light from the most distant galaxy to Earth in 6000 years), then c^2 would be 4 trillion times the current value: imagine, if you will, the energy output of the sun increasing by a factor of 4,000,000,000,000 and you will have touched the tip of the iceberg of the problems this would create.
So they understand the specific reasons why the two formerly most popular creationist answers to the distant starlight problem are bunk. They are not stupid. You cannot be stupid enough to make the mistakes that they make and have these things--and several others in the article--figured out. The final proof is what they leave out.
The aforementioned most distant galaxy is 13.1 billion light-years away. They don't believe God is lying, so they must say that the light reached us in less than 6000 Earth years. What they come up with is time dilation.
Yes, they are seriously proposing that non-synchronization and/or time dilation allow the Earth to be 6000 years old while the rest of the universe is much older. But that's demonstrably wrong. Leave aside the bizarre notion of a divine plan which leaves just one planet or galaxy or whatever-sized chunk of space inside a slow-time envelope of 6000 years and lets the rest of the universe age to the 'millions of years' that is so reviled on the rest of their site. Leave aside the fact that the gravitational field necessary to create such dilation would create a whole host of other phenomenon that simply are not present. Leave aside the return to geocentrism. There is a simpler answer.
If a beam of light could travel 13.1 billion light-years in less than 6000 years of dilated time, this means that for every observed year on Earth, the universe ages 2,000,000 years. There are clocks in space--pulsars, spinning galaxies, orbiting binary stars (including those in other galaxies)--that bear no signs of this astonishing discrepancy, and this fact is trumpeted on nearly every single website dealing with the issue, whether in context of a gravity well or c-decay. If AiG managed to look up the other problems with formerly common creationist answers to the distant starlight problem, then they saw this, too. This has been out there for as long as the objections which they answered, and in the same places--they had to have seen it, yet they present their argument as if it did not exist.
When you get to the point that you're suggesting that relativistic effects allow the rest of the universe to be billions of years old and the Earth just 6000 years young despite observational evidence to the contrary in well-publicized sources that your treatment of other arguments proves you are aware of, you have gone beyond the point where honest delusion is a valid hypothesis.
So the next time you get up in front of a crowd of children, look straight in their trusting eyes, and start filling their minds with lies you know to be lies, think of this verse:
If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!