Freedom Worship Baptist Church in Blanchester, Ohio wanted to demonstrate the fallacy of evolution of the human species and appears to have succeeded. The Church arranged for stunt driver Louis Re of New York to jump in a motocycle over a giant horseshoe crab — an example often cited by creationists to show creatures have not evolved since they were spontaneously created a few thousand years ago.
The crab is 12 feet tall, 24 feet wide and 68 feet long — which would certainly appear to support the idea of evolution since most crab fossils show a much smaller creature. Unfortunately, that was a few feet too long for Re.
The event is called "jumping the crab." Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt explains “[t]hey paint it as a leap of faith – believe in Christ.”
Pastor Jim Rankin was not available for comment but the crab is believed to be a gift from the Creation Museum in Boone County.
Creationist sites often speak of the horseshoe crab as evidence of the truth of the biblical account:
Consider ants, horseshoe crabs, bats or algae. Many ant species appear in amber from the Dominican Republic, which evolutionists claim is 25 to 40 million years old. Yet they look exactly the same as they do today. Fossil horseshoe crabs claimed to be 150 million years old are identical to those found alive. The oldest skeleton of a fossil bat, dated as Eocene by evolutionists and supposedly 50 million years old, looks exactly like the skeleton of modern bats. The “oldest” fossils found on earth are said to be blue-green algae colonies one billion years old; yet these fossil colonies seem to be duplicates of living colonies.
What should be clear from this creationist event is that, just like horseshoe crabs, humans show no sign of evolving into higher intelligent creatures over time.
In addition to jumping the crab for Jesus, you can drive through flaming walls at the crabfest:
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