Monday, May 07, 2007

"And God created man in his own image..." Gen. 1:27

Yeah, I'm pretty sure this ain't what God looks like. I don't believe I've ever read anything so absurd as this. If I have, I certainly don't recall it. According to a recent AP report about "Hiasl" the chimp, "Austrian animal rights advocates are waging an unusual court battle to get the 26-year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a "person." That's right...a person. These fruitcakes want this chimpanzee to have the "basic legal rights" afforded a human being.

(sigh) It's not enough that they try to advocate for the rights of an animal, they gotta have an animal declared a human. Their argument seems to revolve around the central point that chimpanzees share 99.4% of their DNA with humans. Ummm.....SO WHAT? An animal who shares 99.4% of its DNA with humans is not 99.4% human! According to biologists, mice also share 98% of their DNA with humans. So does this make them 98% human? HELL NO!

All mammals are biologically similar. We all have two eyes, two ears, a nose, four limbs, brains, lungs, hearts, livers, digestive systems, food comes in the front, waste goes out the back, etc. We are similar in many ways but that is not evidence that we are cousins. Its not proof that we are all somehow related as accorded by the ridiculous Theory of Evolution. We did not all evolve from some thick primordial slime and then somehow, either by environmental influences or statistically impossible coincidences of cosmic proportions, become so remarkably similar. We are all similar because we are all created by the same intelligent being....God. It's his design, so why do we feel the need to explain away any similarities between different species. I have quite the untrained eye when it comes to architectual design but even a novice like me can pick out a structure that was either designed or directly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. So, why then should it be any different with God? Shouldn't I be able to look one of his creations and recognize the mind of God?

Created as "companions" for God and in his own image, we are stewards of the rest of his creation. He gave humans a level of self awareness, forthought, hindsight, the ability to learn, feel, understand and enjoy life at a level not experienced any other life forms. He made man aware of his own existance. Man is not just another animal in the circle of life. Man is the pinnacle of God's creation...the centerpiece. We are at the top of the food chain because that is where God placed us. Man was given dominion over the earth and all life upon it.
"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Gen. 1:26
I don't care what camp you're from, be it Christian, or Athiest; creationist or evolutionist...this is ridiculous. Chimpanzees or any other primate for that matter are not and never will be human. By their own argument, these activists admit that he would not be able to make his own decisions:
"...he would have the right to own property. Then, if people wanted to donate something to him, he'd have the right to receive it," But earlier in the article it says that "Hiasl's supporters argue that he needs that status to become a legal entity who can receive donations and get a guardian to look out for his interests."
Ohhh, so he needs a "guardian" i.e. "human" to see to it that what he receives isn't a butcher knife or a blow torch lest he hurt himself or burn the house down. Some activists would argue that statement by pointing to children or mentally challenged adults who have guardians. But these people are procreated by HUMANS, not Chimpanzees. Mentally challenged people are "mentally challenged" because of a defect. Children are incapable of being trusted with blow torches because of lack of physical and mental development. This chimp is as physically and mentally developed as his nature will allow and he is no different than the rest of his species. But he is entirely different than ours.

I can't believe I even bothered to argue that an ape is not a human.