Now that the final siren has sounded, it’s safe to assume team Ablett were crushed by team science. Let’s look at the “after the match” analysis.
PZ Myers at Pharyngula, perhaps the largest science blog in the world, picks up the story:
The rest of Ablett’s arguments are just as inane, and are similarly ripped off almost literally from common creationist canards. There’s nothing original and nothing intelligent anywhere in it — it’s just sad how feeble these guys are getting.
Jason Ball at Young Aussie Skeptics:
Ablett also talks about how abiogenesis is the theory that life can grow in peanut butter jars, that DNA has shown evolution to be false, all with large passages of the Bible chucked in at random. I dare you to read the entire thing.
It is possibly the most stupid thing I have ever read, and the funniest
Anarchist6[zero]6 has this to say:
I knew this girl who thought that the paperback copy of the Necronomicon she owned gave her the power of call spirits from the earth. Now it is unlikely that many people would think that her views were correct. However, imagine she was famous, had been on reality TV or was a sports star; then perhaps she might be given prominent media space to shout her Cthulhu-views. Sounds crazy, I know but in Australia, a ex-footballer has been given a platform to wax lyrical about evolution.
Wikipedia picks up on the fact the article was mostly plagiarised:
On Friday March 26th, 2010, an article attributed to Ablett was published in the Victorian newspaper The Herald Sun. It was soon after revealed that a large section of the article was lifted from the website of Grace Haven Ministries, a US evangelical organisation.
Radio announcer Derryn Hinch has this to say:
Ablett has decided to be the moral compass for a godless Australia. He says he is no scientist but dismisses the Theory of Evolution and atheists like Richard Dawkins in a couple of sentences.
He does admit he runs the risk of public ridicule, so here goes.
Ablett says people remember him for his on-field successes but also because of what he calls his ‘off-field moments which were not so successful’. And says that in life we each experience our ups and downs.
Hew talks about a serious decline in moral values and drug and alcohol abuse, family breakdowns and ‘the devaluing of human life and dignity’.
He doesn’t mention Alisha Horan. That poor, star-struck teenager who died of a drug overdose – administered by Ablett – in a hotel room. Not much dignity in the way she died. And when he did a runner he didn’t place much value on her life.
About three years Ablett went down this Holy Roller route of self-justification. Also in the Herald Sun. He said he’d been ‘disappointed and grieved at how self-righteous some people can be. Considering everyone has their own skeletons in the closet’.
Not many have one concerning the death of a teenager, a friend of your daughter’s, an Ablett fan with your picture on her bedroom walls, whom you enticed on a drug-fuelled binge. Alisha Horan died in Ablett’s hotel room.
And Oztheist picks it up:
Ablett’s knowledge of evolution is basically non-existent and his regurgitating of several creationist ideas which have been well and truly debunked shows his total lack of research. It is also quite laughable of Ablett to try and lecture us on morals considering he supplied a 20 year old woman drugs from which she died whilst in his hotel room.
I have a suggestion to Mr Ablett, stick to talking about something you know – football.
I think it’s safe to assume that Ablett has kicked an own goal.
Now, all we need to do is alert the public to the fact that the claims of the denial movement are equally ludicrous.