Re: [asa] crocoduck on ABC Nightline

From: Bill Hamilton <>
Date: Thu May 10 2007 - 11:22:52 EDT

I agree with David. We need some PR folks and an expert database. In this case the crocoduck example is really laughable. What advantage would accrue to a crocodile developing feathers and wings? And what mutation is likely to produce such a critter? OTOH the kinds of changes we see in the fossil record where newly discovered B is intermediate between A and C is likely to provoke the YEC claim that there are now two gaps.
Bill Hamilton
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----- Original Message ----
From: David Opderbeck <>
To: Craig Rusbult <>
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:28:59 AM
Subject: Re: [asa] crocoduck on ABC Nightline

This sort of thing is so easy to ridicule and so unnecessary that it has to just make your stomach hurt. It seems to me that this is a really, really key area in which the ASA could make a major difference with relatively little resources: do we have a public relations package and well-defined press liaison? When I worked at a big law firm, I was quoted several times in the NY Times, Wired, etc. on patent and copyright law questions -- not because I was the best expert in the country, but because the firm had a marketing guy who cultivated a few contacts in the press and convinced them to call me, and I was ready with an appropriate sound bite. My experience -- no offense to any journalists here -- was that reporters were so busy and pressed for time that they were thrilled just to find a warm body who could say something that sounded half-intelligent.


The ASA could produce a brief info backgrounder for the press, identify five or six well-qualified folks with various specializations who could speak broadly and intelligently, and -- most important -- make a regular effort to keep this informtion in front of reporters and producers on the "religion" beat.


Another key here, I think, is to get the idea of local ASA sections off the ground. First, such groups can purposefully pray about opportunities to relate true and faithful perspectives to the world. And, such groups create relational networks that lead to such opportunities.

On 5/10/07, Craig Rusbult <> wrote:
> Tonight, ABC Nightline had a debate between the Rational Response Squad
> (atheists) and The Way of the Master (Christians: Ray Comfort and a former

> child actor, Kirk Cameron) who claimed it was easy to PROVE the existence
> of God.
> Cameron criticized evolution by asking why scientists had never found a
> transitional form like a croco-duck (as illustrated in a painting he held

> up for the camera) that was a transition between a crocodile and a duck.
> Sigh.
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