Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Creationist corner

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I thought I'd share a couple of creationism-related links I've come across today. First up, here's an interesting little piece from the Telegraph on the annual field trip taken by students from the late US evangelist Jerry Falwell's Liberty University to the Natural History Museum in Washington DC. It's a trip that has its basis in a know-your-enemy style philosophy – in order to defeat the evolutionists, the creationists first need to know what the evolutionists think. In the words of the univeristy's paleontology teacher: "In order to be the best creationist, you have to be the best evolutionist you can be."

Following on from that, last week I blogged about the way in which creationists in the US have been looking to ally their cause with that of climate change denialists, in order to avoid accusations that theirs is a religiously-motivated campaign (the aim is to make it seem like it's about the science, not religion). It looks like this is working both ways, because this morning I read this Washington Post blog post on how global warming deniers are mimicking creationists. They want schools to teach both sides of the "controversy" in science lessons that mention global warming, just as creationists want to see creationism and / or ID wheeled out every time evolution is mentioned in lessons. In South Dakota, the state legislature has even passed a resolution calling on schools take this "balanced" approach.

We'll continue to watch this creationism/climate denial crossover with a keen eye. Wonder if we can expect the AIDS denialists to get involved at some stage?

2 comments:

Hydra said...

Well, if the AIDS denialists do join in, then that's gonna be one HELL of a convention, now isn't it?

Eiskrystal said...

"In order to be the best creationist, you have to be the best evolutionist you can be."

Which explains the average creationist.

"I read this Washington Post blog post on how global warming deniers are mimicking creationists."

Great... stupidity squared. All that highlights is how vacuous their position is since all they have left now is propaganda. Do they think the little creationist games actually did anything in the long run? Do they think they have the same clout as christianity? How amusing.