I had a feeling it was going to be an interesting day when I first discovered the headline that read “Pat Robertson Dispels Creationist Idea That Earth Is 6,000 Years Old“, complete with video (below). It’s not very often a godless heathen like myself has the opportunity to find common ground with a man who once said that Disney’s acceptance of homosexuality would run so foul of the will of God that he might send “terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor” … or that atheists like myself were responsible for the Sikh temple shooting.
I don’t know … this is an eerie feeling. Watch the video … you’ll see what I mean. The transcript is below:
Look, I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop Ussher wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years. It just didn’t. You go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas.
They’re out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don’t try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible.
It’s really weird. You’re kind of left with the suspicion that someone whacked him in the head with some science before he wandered onto the set before the show. Here is a guy who runs to the bible to justify his archaic opinions about the place of women and the treatment of homosexuals in modern society, and he pulls the rug out from under everyone by stating something demonstrably true and scientifically valid.
I felt this sort of dull ache behind my left eye by the time the video was over … very similar in nature to the one I felt a couple of years ago when Glenn Beck came out in favor of reading Miranda rights to the guy accused of trying to bomb Times Square. It doesn’t happen often, and it’s not pleasant.
And I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. After hearing the news, I also sensed this tremor in the Force. It was as if this giant butt … had cried out … because it had suddenly been hurt …
Oh yes. Time for the popcorn. For those who aren’t familiar with Ken Ham, he’s a Christian fundamentalist and creation “scientist” which – despite the generous use of the word – doesn’t imply that he has any idea of what the scientific method, rational inquiry, or critical analysis would be if they all leapt up at once and began shaving that God-awful beard off his face. Now, he’s starting some drama on Facebook because Pat Robertson had the audacity to say something right for a change. No meteors caused by gay people or hurricanes that formed as a direct result of the feminist movement … just a logical conclusion based on geology and fossil records. The fact that it directly contradicts the literal interpretation of the bible is a damned shame and all, but that’s the kind of thing that’s bound to happen when you use a 2,000 year old book as a scientific reference. Even Pat knows this.
And I just have the giggles over the whole thing. Ken makes a living in part by teaching young children that mythology is true and science can’t be trusted. It takes a very long time to undo the damage that kind of brainwashing inflicts on a young mind. So to hear even some other hardcore conservatives call the 6,000 year Earth idea total crap just warms my heart. Maybe people like Ken will be marginalized by his own former allies … can we hope??