I can’t believe I have to write this, but apparently it doesn’t go without saying: Dinosaurs and people did not live together. I don’t mean to insult your intelligence. Of course you know that dinosaurs died out about 65 million years ago, and modern-ish humans didn’t come on the scene until between 400,000 and 250,000 years ago. However, there are others who don’t, and they’re on a mission to convince others.
You may not be familiar with Ken Ham. He runs an organization called Answers in Genesis, which runs the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The gist is that the Earth was created essentially as is 6,000 years ago by God. The museum and organization’s purpose is to basically deny science and promote a literal interpretation of Genesis. Seriously. The tagline of the Creation Museum is “Prepare to Believe.” Blech.
If you think this sounds bananas, you’re right. It is bananas. Sadly, however, Ham and others believe this stuff, even though there is no evidence outside the Bible to support that view. They even made a radio ad to promote it:
I’m so sorry you had to listen to that. It probably decreased your IQ by a couple of points. According to the YouTube page, this ad will air on 500 radio stations. Oof. People in 500 markets will hear about how those scary, godless scientists in lab coats are using dinosaurs to indoctrinate children. Obviously dinosaurs and humans were created at more or less the same time and lived together. Because giant lizards were on Noah’s Ark, and that must be true because it’s in the Bible. The Bible is true because it’s the word of God, and God wouldn’t lie to us!
Holy circular reasoning, Batman!
It’s easy to laugh this off as the ridiculous jibber jabber that it is. That, however, would be a mistake. It wasn’t that long ago that Kansas embarrassed itself by rejecting the validity of evolution. (We’re fixing that, by the way).
Kentucky – the home of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis – has a choice to make. The Next Generation Science Standards are being debated in the state, and there seems to be a lot of blowback. According to Cincinnati.com, opponents of the new education standards are afraid accurate knowledge of evolution will destroy the fabric of society and send us tumbling into a dystopian hellscape. I’m only exaggerating a little.
One parent, Valerie O’Rear, said the standards promote an “atheistic world view” and a political agenda that pushes government control.
Matt Singleton, a Baptist minister in Louisville who runs an Internet talk-radio program, called teachings on evolution a lie that has led to drug abuse, suicide and other social afflictions.
“Outsiders are telling public school families that we must follow the rich man’s elitist religion of evolution, that we no longer have what the Kentucky Constitution says is the right to worship almighty God,” Singleton said. “Instead, this fascist method teaches that our children are the property of the state.”
At one point, opponent Dena Stewart-Gore of Louisville also suggested that the standards will marginalize students with religious beliefs, leading to ridicule and physiological harm in the classroom, and create difficulties for students with learning disabilities.“The way socialism works is it takes anybody that doesn’t fit the mold and discards them,” she said, adding that “we are even talking genocide and murder here, folks.”
That’s right. Teaching accurate science will lead to genocide. Seems legit. Really, there were no atrocities before Darwin came up with his grown-breaking theory.
What I’m trying to say is this systematic rejection of science and rational thinking not only hurts the person who rejects them. It could very well end up hurting an entirely new generation of potential scientists, business people and politicians. If we’re going to talk about indoctrinating kids, we should really discuss these efforts to keep kids from learning and discovering the world. That would truly be a tragedy.
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