Saturday, September 22, 2007

Damn, there goes my hope of bankruptcy through legal fees

It turns out that the two Creationist organizations Answers in Genesis and Creation Ministries International have met on Hawaii to settle their differences.

Two leading creationism advocates, including Boone County's Answers in Genesis, have decided to settle their differences like Christians.

Appealing to God to smite the other side? Convention by the sword? Crusades? Abortion clinic bombs?

Rather than fight in court, last month the board of Answers in Genesis and Creation Ministries International met in Hawaii and reached a tentative agreement to settle the lawsuit they're parties to.

"We feel very, very satisfied about it," CMI Managing Director Carl Wieland said. "We were pleased to end it this way, and glad to have had the chance to have face-to-face communication."

The two organizations hope to have a final, written agreement by mid-October, Wieland said.

Let's hope not. As long as they are busy with their infighting (where I must admit it sounds like CMI have a good case), they don't have time to spread their lies and anti-science.

For many years, they shared resources and board members. Ken Ham worked for CMI in Australia before coming to the United States and founding Answers in Genesis.

Since then, they have not had equal success, at least in terms of financial backing.

Answers in Genesis recently opened a $27 million, 70,000 square-foot creationism museum - all of it paid for - at its Petersburg headquarters in western Boone County.

Last fiscal year, CMI had about $3 million in total revenue.

Think of how much good could be done with $27 million. Not only when it comes to science, but also in basic humanitarian actions. For such much money to be used to spread lies and anti-science is sickening.

CMI sued Answers May 31 in the Supreme Court of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, accusing Answers of un-Biblical conduct.

I hope that their accusations were a little more legally specific. Other than that, it could mean anything from eating shellfish over worshiping other Gods and not respecting their elders, all the way to not rendering onto Caesar what is his or not stoning adulters. There is a wide range.

Actually, CMI is accusing AiG of fraud:

The lawsuit alleged that Answers misled subscribers into thinking that CMI was no longer publishing the magazines, and instead signed them up for Answers in Genesis' own, new magazine, "Answers."

CMI said that it lost 39,000 subscribers that produced annual gross revenue of $252,000.

We can still hope for the settlement collapsing.

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