A charismatic pastor known for speaking in tongues while being on his cell phone took on the issue of how much crap was generated on the ark. Perry Stone of Cleveland, Tennessee said that Noah and his family spent each day shoveling twelve tons of animal crap. Once again the problems of fundamentalism are on display.
“The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.“
Robert Maynard Hutchins
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated,
Genesis 8:1-4 ESV
In the movie Jurassic Park there is a scene with a sick triceratops that is on the ground in labored breathing. The scientist played by Laura Dern thinks the dinosaur might be eating something that is making it sick. In order to see if its true she needs to examine the dinosaur’s droppings. Then in the next scene Jeff Goldblum walks up on a large pile of droppings and says, “That is one big pile of shit…” So why am I telling you this? Well it’s due to something that a fundamentalist said about animal droppings recently.
Perry Stone on Twelve Tons of Animal Droppings on the Ark
Perry Stone is a charismatic personality known for speaking in tongues while doing it in his cell phone. He is a controversial figure. He started preaching before elementary school and has a charismatic ministry that broadcasts to 249 countries. He also claims to have foretold the destruction of the World Trade Center, George W Bush becoming president, the Supreme Court deciding the 2000 election and the death of Osama Bin Ladin. Through his ministry he pulled in nearly twelve million dollars in donations. If you would like to learn more about him you can do so in this Chattanooga Free Press article here.
The other day in defense of a literal version of the ark Perry Stone said something that is quite outrageous. This happened while in the Golan Heights. He said that on the ark the animals generated twelve tons of animal droppings each day. In order to deal with it Noah and his family worked hard at shoveling the crap through a window on the side of the boat. This was done by the entire family of Noah each day. There is a video and more which you can read about at The Friendly Atheist.
The Problem with Fundamentalism Explained
To quite from Jurassic Park twelve tons is one big pile of shit. Twelve tons of it. Each and every day. Here is the problem with what is being said. This highlights the problems of fundamentalism. When people take such a literal stand it forces them to defend the outrageous and ridiculous. As the claims become irregular then you are stuck defending them. When you are painted into a corner it forces you to defend the ludicrous. The hostility to science and the literal take on the flood puts many in a difficult position. I mean look at it, I am writing about twelves tons of animals shit because some feel like they have to defend a literal interpretation. If that is going to be the case can one ask if Noah and his family had to deal with dysentery and other illnesses from constant exposure to animal droppings? These problems could be solved by classical thinking and critical thinking skills. However, will that happen? Probably not. So expect to hear about twelve tons of animal shit regularly from Perry Stone. Oh and send him money he needs a bigger house while we’re at it.