Dinosaurs, in addition to being Adam and Eve's first choice for every flag football game in the Garden, are also apparently the foremost of weapons used to indoctrinate children in the fallacy of evolution. And it gets better.
The two main thrusts of the booklet: Dinosaurs could not have died out before people appeared because dinosaurs had not previously existed; and death, bloodshed, disease, and suffering are a result of Adam’s sin, and nothing could die before Adam committed the original sin, ergo dinosaurs could not have died before Adam even existed.
You have to check out the cartoons on this site (see below for one example). Other gems about dinosaurs from the perspective of the Bible, which, according to Ham, is the History Book of the Universe:
Where did dinosaurs come from? "The Bible tells us that God created different kinds of land animals on Day 6 of Creation Week. Because dinosaurs were land animals, this must have included the dinosaur kinds." (Apparently they didn't see the BBC's 2003 series Sea Monsters.)
What did dinosaurs look like? "Scientists generally do not dig up a dinosaur with all its flesh intact."
Who discovered dinosaurs? "Adam discovered dinosaurs when he first observed them." Discoveries made in the 1600s-1800s were actually "re-discoveries" from a biblical perspective.
When did dinosaurs live? "Evolutionists claim dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. But it is important to realize that when they dig up a dinosaur bone it does not have a label attached showing its date.
"Does God tell us when He made Tyrannosaurus rex? Many would say no. But the Bible states that God made all things in six normal days. He made the land animals, including dinosaurs, on Day 6, so they date from around 6,000 years ago—the approximate date of creation obtained by adding up the years in the Bible. So, since T. rex was a land animal and God made all the land animals on Day 6, then God made T. rex on Day 6.How many dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark? "There were probably fewer than 50 distinct groups or kinds of dinosaurs that had to be on the Ark. Also, it must be remembered that Noah’s Ark was extremely large and quite capable of carrying the number of animals needed, including dinosaurs."
Furthermore, from the Bible we see that there was no death, bloodshed, disease, or suffering before sin. If one approaches Genesis to Revelation consistently, interpreting Scripture with Scripture, then death and bloodshed of man and animals came into the world only after Adam sinned. The first death of an animal occurred when God shed an animal’s blood in the Garden of Eden and clothed Adam and Eve. This was also a picture of the Atonement—foreshadowing Christ’s blood that was to be shed for us. Thus, there could not have been bones of dead animals before sin—this would undermine the gospel.
This means that the dinosaurs must have died after sin entered the world, not before. Dinosaur bones could not be millions of years old because Adam lived only thousands of years ago.
Why talk about dinosaurs anyway? "Although dinosaurs are fascinating, some readers may say, 'Why are dinosaurs such a big deal? Surely there are many more important issues to deal with in today’s world, such as abortion, family breakdown, racism, promiscuity, dishonesty, homosexual behavior, euthanasia, suicide, lawlessness, pornography, and so on. In fact, we should be telling people about the gospel of Jesus Christ, not worrying about side issues like dinosaurs. Actually, the evolutionary teachings on dinosaurs that pervade society do have a great bearing on why many will not listen to the gospel, and thus why social problems abound today. If they don’t believe the history in the Bible, why would anyone trust its moral aspects and message of salvation?'"
The best part - Ham uses science in every argument FOR creationism and AGAINST evolution. How can claim that something is flawed, and then use that very thing to prove that it is flawed? (And before I get a billion emails calling me godless, I have no problem with faith and no problem with God. I went to Catholic school all my life, so unlike a lot of creationists, I actually know what's in the Bible and what's happened for 2,000 years in Christianity. My point in this blog is that I think it's hypocritical to use science to disprove science.)
In related news, the Texas Freedom Network has a blog and live feed covering the action of the State Board of Education, which is pretty divided on whether to insert creationism into public school science textbooks. They are currently considering textbooks to be adopted by the state in 2011.