Another person who will be interested in this finding is Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge, who has been a conspiracy theorist for two decades and recently explained to Paper magazine why he believes in ufology, ancient astronaut, and conspiracies: “I have sources from the government. I’ve had my phone tapped.” He said that he fears for his safety and believes that the government has silenced people who get too close to the truth. DeLonge also said that he had tapes in which “people from NASA, Rome, the Vatican” admitted to being involved in an effort to cover up the existence of aliens. While most of DeLonge’s conspiracy theories center on the U.S. government and modern UFOs, he did take time to endorse the ancient astronaut theory as well, claiming, like Giorgio Tsoukalos last week, that all religion is the result of ancient astronauts: “All the ancient religions were written down based on witnessing this phenomenon in various forms.”
On the other extreme, the media and the internet have been looking into a new creationist group called Christians Against Dinosaurs, which claims that dinosaurs were invented in the 1800s by Victorian scientists and that dinosaurs are a conspiracy meant to undermine God’s Word. According to CNET’s investigation, the group is serious about their anti-dinosaur beliefs and plan to protest against Kentucky’s Creation Museum for including dinosaurs among God’s creation.
One member of the group told CNET that she was personally aware of “shady” dealings in the paleontology industry, and she railed against the “Museum Industry Complex,” which she sees as indoctrinating children into false beliefs about prehistory.
Another member of the group posted on a British parenting website about the dangers posed by dinosaurs:
Dinosaurs are a very bad example for children. At my children's school, several children were left in tears after one of their classmates (who had evidently been exposed to dinosaurs), became bestially-minded and ran around the classroom roaring and pretending to be a dinosaur. Then he bit three children on the face.
If true, the CAD claims are a less sophisticated version of arguments made by early creationists in the nineteenth century. Back then, creationists made many different arguments to dismiss the scientific evidence that extinction was a possibility. Some argued that fossils represented “archetypes”—rough drafts God used to plan the creation. As I reported back in 2012, some went so far as to deny that fossilized feces, known as a coprolites, were feces rather than works of art created by God in his infinite whimsy, as one English clergyman wrote in a pamphlet:
We cannot, believe in such thing as coprolites. They are only a curious form of matter commanded by Him who has made the flower to assume all shapes as well as all hues. He who would not allow so much as a tool to be lifted up on the stones that composed his altar, would certainly not allow the work of animals to compose his creation, much less, then, their dung. The geological assertion that the Creator of this world formed it in some parts of coprolites savors very much of Satan or Beelzebub, the god of dung. Geologists could scarcely have made a more unfortunate self-refuting assertion than this.