The vehemence with which creationists deny evolution is often times startling. Part of it is an unwillingness to admit when they’re wrong, sure, but I often wonder how one gets suckered into that ideology to begin with. It’s not exactly the most uplifting ideology: you’re basically a slave to an incompetent designer who couldn’t be bothered to do a dry-run of his apparently Designed by Divine Committee creation.
But people do, and they’ve made it a hallmark of the culture war: you either believe a civic engineer I wouldn’t hire to design at tree house created all life in 7 days or you believe in reality. Which is why it’s no surprise that Ben Carson, who’s measuring up his presidential ambitious with these sorts of believers, would chose to pronounce the existence of the Holy Micromanager. He has to. He’s not winning if he doesn’t.
While speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Carson referred to certain scientific ideas as “just propaganda.” He apparently included evolution in that set of scientific ideas. That Carson is a reality denier should surprise nobody; rather, it should be expected. The only time in recent memory when he made any sort of rational sense was when he put on his doctor hat and came dangerously close to suggesting that all vaccinations should be mandatory last month.
He defended his belief in creationism, telling Meet the Press‘s host, Chuck Todd, that “I find a very good measure of correlation between my religious beliefs and my scientific beliefs. People say, ‘How can you be a scientist, how can you be a surgeon if you don’t believe in certain things?’ Maybe those things aren’t scientific, maybe it is just propaganda.”
Carson never clarified which other sciences he considers “propaganda,” but he has a track record of declaring evolution is a “myth.” Because like all creationists, he can’t tell the difference between geology and biology, he has previously proclaimed that “no one has knowledge” to determine the age of the Earth, as “carbon dating and all of these things don’t mean anything to a God who has the ability to create anything at any point in time.”
So not only is God a craptastic engineer, but according to Ben Carson, he’s also a liar, who will create things at “any point in time” to lead you astray from the straight and narrow (emphasis on straight, natch).
These people do such a good job making God sound like a gaslighting asshole, don’t they?
Carson has also noted in the past that the “complexity of the human brain” and the eye are both proof of creationism, because there’s no way the eye could evolve on its own in several million years’ time. Carson has also used the “microevolution” dodge in the past, because apparently the inability of crocodiles to evolve into ducks disproves evolution, or something.
He also denies climate change, because these stupid-wrong ideas flock in groups whose proper nomenclature is “a Tea Party”. Scratch a creationist and you find someone who denies the moon landing even happened. You find someone who’s anti-vaccination, or someone who denies the reality of climate change with ignorant red herrings like “the climate’s been changing for 4.5 billion years, of course we’re not doing it!”
Not that people actually do that. Nobody’s that stupid.
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