Turkish Creationist Delight: Harun Yahya

Check out this self-promoting creationism pimp from Turkey: Harun Yahya. The picture at the bottom of his webpage makes him look like Turkey’s version of Don Johnson. The Miami Vice, pastel-colored, sports jacket craze went out in the late 80’s, at least in the US.

Harun, an author, who’s real name is Adnan Oktar, is refered to as a “prominent Turkish intellectual”. The Jerry Falwell of the Muslim world perhaps? From his over use of the words “Darwinist” and “Evolutionist”, we would have said prominent anti-intellectual ass-hole, who takes himself way too seriously.

Google the name, Harun Yahya, and you’ll find that he’s spread all over the web like a rash. From anti-evolution to holocaust-revisionism, as an ultra-conservative Muslim, he’s got his bases covered. You’ll find his creationist videos on YouTube under the title “The Collapse of Darwinism”. They’re good for a few laughs. 

An article from the Reuters UK website explains some of Harun Yahya’s activities.

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5 responses to “Turkish Creationist Delight: Harun Yahya

  1. Joe Morreale

    From Harun Yahya website:

    WE CHALLENGE DAWKINS TO A DISCUSSION BEFORE THE PUBLIC

    Richard Dawkins, a most ardent supporter of Darwinism, has long accounted for the perfect creation of the universe in terms of the theory of evolution, which has lately suffered a global collapse. In his recent writings and interviews, however, Dawkins has started to express that “life cannot form by chance.” It is an absence of sense and reason to support evolution on one hand and to state that life cannot come about by chance on the other. That is due to the fact that according to the theory of evolution, which Dawkins supports, the existence of life is based on entirely random coincidences.

    Dawkins has realized that he can get nowhere with the scenario of chance. But, he is now in the logical impasse as he basically claims that “evolution cannot be a result of coincidences, but has occurred by means of coincidences.” What he should realize is that demagogy no longer works.

    If Dawkins sincerely believes in this theory, we’d like to invite him to Turkey, or else we could come to UK to have a discussion. Dawkins should clarify hundreds of questions, only a few of which are listed below, before the cameras. So we, as well as the public, will be able to hear what he has to say. Obviously, it’s no good to engage in unilateral programs. Moreover, with such an attitude Dawkins only deceives himself. Let us send the first 4 volumes of Atlas of Creation to Mr. Dawkins, and let him examine the photographs of the fossils therein which have not changed at all over the hundreds of millions of years. And let him account for them in evolutionary terms according to his much-publicized logic�quot;if he can!

    Archeological researches unearthed over a hundred million fossils, proving that life forms were created out of nothing. Still, there is not a single transitional fossil supporting the theory of evolution. If Dawkins is sincere in his claim, he should bring a transitional fossil and announce it to the public as “a transitional form!”
    The odds against a functional protein emerging randomly is 10950 to 1�quot;a practical impossibility. (In mathematics, probabilities smaller than 1 over 1050 are accepted as “zero probability.”) If Dawkins is honest, he should point at a mass of proteins that formed by chance or by means of the methods he espouses. Let Dawkins explain us how he can account for the origin of life in evolutionary terms, when even a single protein�quot;the building block of life�quot;cannot form by chance!
    Let Dawkins explain us how all colorful, lively, three-dimensional and perfectly clear images, shortly life itself, can form in the pitch dark human brain and who sees this image in the brain!
    Let Dawkins explain us in evolutionary terms how conversations, music and all other sounds form in the sound-isolated brain; who listens to and enjoys these sounds, who knows their meaning, who reflects on them consciously and who answers back these sounds!
    Let Dawkins ask the same questions to us, and let us give our answers. Let us supply our evidence, and let him bring his�quot;if he has any. Then let the public decide who is right. We want the public to know on a larger scale how Darwinism is a false theory and how it is the greatest deception of the world’s history. We are confident that the days are soon to come when people will laugh, asking themselves “How could we ever believe this theory?” In near future, people will be wondering with amazement how they could ever have been taken in by it. In fact, this is already occurring, at an ever-increasing momentum. World-wide polls reveal statistical data proving this state of affairs.

    Darwinism, tried to be kept alive by engaging in demagogy and propaganda, has been refuted in all spheres and it is now widely recognized that it’s no longer possible to defend Darwinism by demagogy. Dawkins’ recent statement along the logic that “evolution cannot be a result of coincidences, but has occurred by means of coincidences” is nothing but a laughable misery of reason.

    HARUN YAHYA HAS REFUTED EVOLUTION AND IT IS TIME TO HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC THAT MUPPET DAWKINS WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIDING BEHIND THE SECULAR ESTABLISHMENT.

    WE ARE WAITING…

  2. Adnan Oktar doesn’t have even basic knowledge of biology or zoology, so how can he write a book that “demolishes evolution” or debate Richard Dawkins?
    The answer is: He can’t. He doesn’t write his books or do live debates. He gets a crew of cultists to copy and paste American creationist waffle and then sits back and pretends that he is a great scientist, or even a messiah.
    But the cold hard fact of the matter is that Adnan Oktar is merely a sad wannabe scientist/messiah. He even has to blackmail women in an effort to get them into bed. fortunately he was apprehended by the law and is now serving three years in prison. not much of a respected intellectual/scientist/messiah now is he?

  3. Abu AFak

    JOE MORREALE wrote:
    “HARUN YAHYA HAS REFUTED EVOLUTION AND IT IS TIME TO HUMILIATE IN PUBLIC THAT MUPPET DAWKINS WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIDING BEHIND THE SECULAR ESTABLISHMENT.

    WE ARE WAITING…”

    Harun Yahya’s refutation has a certain “faked” style about it. See here:
    http://purplekoolaid.typepad.com/my_weblog/the-skulls-that-make-harun-yahya-look-like-a-bonehead-and-fraud-huckster-hypocrite-etc.html

    The only person humiliated is Harun Yahya. Behind bars and definately behind the times. Still waiting Joe? Don’t hold your breath! Your mahdi’s brand of hokum will never refute evolution. It isn’t even science.
    Who’s a MUPPET now, eh Joe?

  4. Simon Phipp

    Joe Morreale, the caps lock king cut and pasted:

    “WE CHALLENGE DAWKINS TO A DISCUSSION BEFORE THE PUBLIC ”

    Dawkins doesn’t debate know nothing creationists. Heres why:

    If you really want to know what Dawkins thinks of Harun Yahya’s fantasies then read The Greatest Show on Earth, where Dawkins laughs at Yahya’s ignorance.

  5. thedarwinreport

    Dawkins shouldn’t debate creationists for the same reason champion boxers shouldn’t fight every bum off the street. The bums are looking for attention and hoping for legitimacy. They don’t deserve either. Harun “The Yo-Yo” Yahya is a delusion freak. His books make that clear enough.

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