I remember, once upon a time, back in the 1990s, while reading the usenet group Talk.Origins, that some creationist named Lionel Tun declared that all animals used to be vegetarian, and that T. rex used its teeth to cut down trees and eat tough fruit, like pineapples, and that their jaws were clearly designed to slice open coconuts. This was obviously contrary to the mechanics of these carnivorous animals’ jaws, their anatomy, and their digestive physiology. We laughed and laughed, and this was one of the gleefully cited examples of creationist idiocy that got cited for years afterwards.
It is now 2014, and the creationists at Answers in Genesis now blithely accept this foolishness as fact. Here’s Ken Ham, reciting this story in his annoying “I’m talking to brain-damaged children” voice.
What evidence does he have for this remarkable claim? Only this:
Genesis 1:29-30 King James Version (KJV)
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
That’s it. It’s written in a book by priests a few thousand years ago, priests who were patently ignorant about biology or paleontology and whose knowledge of history was almost entirely elaborations of legends, and we’re supposed to just accept it. The Bible is a wicked text, specifically because it is used to teach people not to think.