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Creationists hit back at Bill Nye with their own video
"The idea of deep time ... explains so much of the world around us," Bill Nye said in the viral video.
August 31st, 2012
04:34 PM ET

Creationists hit back at Bill Nye with their own video

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Bill Nye's viral YouTube video pleading with parents not to teach their children to deny evolution has spawned an online life of its own, with prominent creationists hitting back against the popular TV host.

"Time is Nye for a Rebuttal," Ken Ham the CEO of Answers in Genesis writes on his website. Answers in Genesis is the Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Nye's criticism of creationism went viral earlier this week, after being posted last Thursday.

"I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that's completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that's fine. But don't make your kids do it," Nye says in his Big Think video, which has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

Ham writes that Nye is joining in with other evolutionists who say teaching children to deny evolution is a form of "child abuse." That idea comes in part from the atheist scientist Richard Dawkins, who in his book "The God Delusion" argues against exposing children to religion before they are old enough to fully understand it.

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"At AiG and the Creation Museum, we teach children and adults the truth concerning who they are in the Creator’s eyes — and where they came from," Ham writes. "We tell people that they do have purpose and meaning in life and that they were created for a purpose. "No, we are not just evolved animals as Nye believes; we are all made in the image of God."

Ham is the public face of a group that academics call Young Earth Creationists, though they prefer to be called Biblical Creationists. They believe in a literal interpretation of the creation account in the book of Genesis found in the Bible.

The Creation Museum also produced its own rebuttal video on YouTube that features two of their staff scientists, both Ph.Ds, David Menton and Georgia Purdom.

"[Nye] might be interested to know I also teach my young daughter about evolution and I know many Christian parents who do the same," Purdom says in the video. "Children should be exposed to both ideas concerning our past."

For the past 30 years, one popular method for Creationists to advance their cause has been to make an equal-time argument,with Creationism taught alongside evolution. In the late 1980s, some state legislatures passed bills that promoted the idea of a balanced treatment of both ideas in the classroom.

In 1987, the issue made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where a Louisiana "equal-time law" was struck down. The court ruled that teaching creationism in public school class rooms was a violation of the Establishment Cause in the Constitution, which is commonly referred to as the separation of church and state.

A key point between most scientists and many creationists is the timing for the origin of the world.

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Nye's argument falls in line with the vast majority of scientists, who date the age of the earth as 4.5 billion years old and the universe as 14.5 billion years old.

"The idea of deep time of billions of years explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your worldview becomes crazy, untenable, itself inconsistent," Nye says in his viral video.

Young Earth Creationists say the weeklong account of God creating the earth and everything in it represents six 24-hour periods (plus one day of rest) and date the age of the earth between 6,000 and 10,000 years.

"Yes we see fossils and distant stars, but the history on how they got there really depends on our worldview," Purdom says in the museum's rebuttal. "Do we start with man's ideas, who wasn't here during man's supposed billions of years of earth history or do we start with the Bible, the written revelation of the eyewitness account of the eternal God who created it all?"

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Polling from Gallup has shown for the past 30 years that between 40-46% of the survey respondents believe in Creationism, that God created humans and the world in the past 10,000 years.

The most recent poll showed belief in atheistic evolution was on the rise at 16%, nearly double what it had been in previous years. The poll also found 32% of respondents believe in evolution guided by God.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Creationism • Science

soundoff (5,973 Responses)
  1. Sam Yaza

    ok im going to destroy you all now

    Christians, Jews and Muslims

    please read
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Old-Ones-Book-Testament/dp/1780991711

    at your local library(aka the temple of the watchers, my house b!tch3s)

    or watch

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZY2eeozdo8&w=640&h=360]

    September 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      destruction is necessary for liberation

      September 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  2. redlace

    Creationism is absolutely hilarious, it's enough to make you laugh until you cry . . . but then you get to the point where you realize that people actually believe it as though it is something real. Then it's simply enough to make you cry.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  3. John

    Rational libertarian...from goo to zoo to you...your an idiot

    September 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • toad

      you're

      September 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Please elaborate. I too believe I'm an idiot, but I'd like someone to help me pinpoint exactly what makes me an atheist.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Please elaborate. I too believe I'm an idiot but I'd like someone to help me pinpoint exactly what makes me an idiot.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Sorry for the Freudian slip double post.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  4. Ethel the Aardvark goes Quant-ity Surveying

    My God, and my Holy Book, state unequivocally that gravity does not exist. All you sinners who refuse to fly off into space – ye shall be judged!!!!!

    September 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  5. Leeuwenhoek's Flies

    Abiogenesis= a scientific theory with massive problems.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Really, please give us one of the problems associated with it. And, don't use either a logical fallacy or a misuse of statistics.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Dan

      What massive problems? Scientists don't purport to understand the origin of life, and evolution doesn't address it.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  6. donna

    I highly recommend to everyone, reading evolutionary biologist and atheism activist, Richard Dawkins' "Good and Bad Reasons for Believing." You can find it on the web, it's an open letter to his daughter and was also published in his book "A Devil's Chaplain."

    A great read for everyone and especially helpful for teaching kids about the importance of evidence.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  7. thedoctor

    Wow! I just watched the Creationist Museum's video that "hits back" at Bill Nye. It's a joke.

    They make two basic points. One was presented in this article.... "Do we start with man's ideas, who wasn't here during man's supposed billions of years of earth history or do we start with the Bible, the written revelation of the eyewitness account of the eternal God who created it all?" Boy, no pre-judgement there, huh?

    The second was a quote from a biologist who believes in evolution saying life scientists can go about their work without the assumption of evolution. Well.....Q.E.D.!

    I'm amazed ANYBODY could look at their video and say "Take THAT, Bill Nye!"

    The Creation Museum video is gibberish. Why was this article even written???

    September 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • rocinante

      The Creation Museum people are just very confused and ultimately they hurt religion. They believe and teach that if science conflicts with a literal interpretation of the Bible, then the Bible is wrong.

      Well, guess what? Science absolutely DOES conflict with a literal interpretation of the Bible – so by their own argument – the Bible MUST be wrong.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      If you want more crazy stuff check this out:

      "Ark Encounter, Kentucky Creationist Theme Park, Gets Generous Tax Breaks In Budget Proposal"

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/21/ark-encounter-kentucky-budget-tax-breaks_n_1220806.html

      September 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • End Religion

      @doctor: the article was written because it generates page views and therefore revenue.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  8. Woody

    The reality is we all wish we could fly, we all wish we would never die but the reality is we are little more than mammals on a planet and there is nothing we can do about it but dream that we could fly ! We can say what we want , we can teach what we want , we can dream what we want but like all other mammals on the planet we can not live as long as we want . Kids will grow up and they generally don't forget all of the lies we told them when we want . Believe what you will as fantasies don't last and the reality is OZ is not real ! Put a body down on the ground and as I have found the insects will eat you right into the ground .

    September 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      Insects rule the roost for sure. You could wipe man off the face of this earth and the insects would still be doing their thing. They don't need us, we need them.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  9. rob

    The religious nuts in this world, especially the U.S., are getting crazier by the day. We need to rid society of this dangerous vermin.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      They have every right to exist.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • toad

      Atheist filth, you are few and you are weak.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      We are many in Asia and Europe.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      @toad

      You sound like a sour kraut

      September 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      hey – don't knock sauerkraut.. that's good stuff. good for you too. lol. more like Carrie's mama on bath salts.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Rebel4Christ

      Yep let's get rid of the people who actually show love and care to other human beings (sarcasm)

      September 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Tell that to the people under Franco's church supported regime.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • rocinante

      Theres only one solution for getting rid of religious extremists. We've used it before in other parts of the world.

      Drone strikes.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Drone strikes? What about rational discourse?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  10. CPS

    I am an atheist, more importantly an anti-theist. You are all atheists, some of us just rationally take it one god further (dawkins). I am beyond tired of this filth being forced onto children, nothing would bring me greater satisfaction than seeing religion die off in my life period: freeing the minds of those it enslaves so heavily.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I think that's Stephen Jay Gould, and it's a crap quote anyway. Atheist means no belief in a deity. Obviously not everyone is an atheist.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Ethel the Aardvark goes Quant-ity Surveying

      @ Rational: Are you referring to those who believe in the validity of every god ever posited in the history of mankind? Do such people exist? Otherwise I think the original post is accurate – we are all atheists. The good Christian who does not believe in Zeus is an atheist vis a vis Zeus. So – I'd think, yes – we're all atheists

      September 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Atheism is the rejection of belief in deities. You can be a-Zeusist and be a theist or a deist. Christians are not atheists.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Folks, we all have access to the internet (you know, you used it to post here), so, exert the modicu'm of effort required to correctly attribute your quotes. The "atheist" quote above (full quote below) is from Stephen F. Roberts and he deserves proper credit if you're going to use his words. Also, I'm interested why @Rational Libertarian thinks it is a "crap quote".

      "I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

      September 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Rational Libertarian –

      Sorry, but to be both accurate and precise, atheism literally means, "without belief in god or gods" –
      -root "a" = without
      -root "theism" = belief in god or gods

      One can believe in a specific god, but still be without belief in any number of other gods and, therefore, be both a theist and an atheist at the same time. Christians certainly are without belief in Zeus as a deity.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Thanks for the quoter clear up.

      It's a crap quote because it doesn't give an accurate definition of atheism. Atheism is the rejection of belief in deities. Christians et al. clearly believe in a deity.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Rational Libertarian –

      I see your point. I hope you see mine. I think the problem here is atheist really is a nonsensical term (the whole, are there abigfootists, afairyists, etc.).

      Cheers

      September 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Rational Libertarian –

      One more quick point...I assume Mr. Roberts was being a bit cheeky with the first part of the quote. The real meat is in the second part – "When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

      September 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      It is a nonsense term, but I suppose it's a nice umbrella term to cover all us rational people, and there aren't Bigfootists who are committing mass murder in the name of Bigfoot (although they are extremely weird).

      September 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Rational Libertarian –

      Agreed. Belief in unsupported claims is not to one's advantage. Belief in the unsupported claims of religion is a peril.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  11. John

    God created evolution. God created everything. I believe the creationists don't truly understand creation.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      But you do? Please, go on.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Yes, when properly understood, God pulled off creation in such a way that there is no evidence that it was involved at all.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • CPS

      Your imaginary friend created this?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  12. Tom

    Teach them both if you must but let the children untimately make up their own mind and be accepted by those that believe otherwise. To teach only one and not the other tells me the is imature, insecure and not open to reality.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Science class is for science. Should they teach the theory that a giant unicorn farted the universe into existence also?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Tom, so you are saying that we should teach the children ALL the creation myths? Really? Or are you just being a hypocrite.
      Should we also teach them that 2+2=5 and let them make up their own mind which is right?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      Tom, for what it's worth, that's a real bad idea.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Tom..how can you " teach" creationism..all you would really be doing is telling them stories attempting to support religion. Creationism does not have any thing to support it..

      September 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • cwhicks

      Ahhh. Teach both. Two things. First, why just two? How about all the other gods: Athena, Brahman, Pele, Gitche Manitou, Arrernte? List goes on forever, each as made up as the last. Why would I pick your nonsense over another? You were brought up thinking your nonsense is better than the rest of the world and it is just as equally nonsense.
      Secondly, I don't teach things that are nonsense to my children and tell my children to decide for themselves. My job is to teach them about the world as best I can. There is no boogie man, no ghosts, no monsters. I can imagine for religious people to have children that don't get very confused when I tell this all the invisible, magic people are pretend except the one that lives up the sky.
      If I were to bring up god at all I would say "This is nonsense that some backwards people think and evolution is the truth as best we know it." I don't teach my child to believe in made up things. Except Santa, and I feel bad about that as well, but at least that is fun for their benefit.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Steve Johnson

    This is a total fornication of evidence, there is no weigh anyone can believe Bill Nye

    September 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • lamb of dog

      Yeah know way?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      You mean, "way"?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Also, I'm not entirely sure what a "fornication of evidence" is, but count me in! 🙂

      September 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      You went to that religious school didn't you?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  14. matt

    keep in mind, time doesn't move at the same rate. We've already proven this!! 10k years? 10 billion years? 10 trillion years? at what rate? a year being one rotation around the sun?

    September 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Gadflie

      So, are you saying that god isn't smart enough to address his audience in terms familiar to them?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • matt

      It doesn't say anything about years old. It says the there was evening and morning (the earth made one rotation) and that was the first day. The 10k estimate comes from the generations leading to Jesus. I think people lived longer back then, maybe due to less dna replication? shortnening teleomeres? Part of what makes us age and die around 120? Did you know that cancer cells have shortenend telomeres making them practically imortal?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Matt, the Bible gives specific geneologies and how long each person lived. And, well, it specifically states them in years.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • matt

      It doesn't say how old they were, just the lineage. I had trouble reading the bible when it got to the point of this person begot this person, who begot another person. It was very long, but not dates or years included. Another interesting thought...think of how fast we are moving through space just sitting at the computer. Its amazing!! Not only the rotation or the earth, but also the earth around the sun and the entire galaxy through space?

      September 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Gadflie

      You really need to read the OT once more. Here are some examples.

      [5:1] This is the list of the descendants of Adam. When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God.
      [5:2] Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them "Humankind" when they were created.
      [5:3] When Adam had lived one hundred thirty years, he became the father of a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.
      [5:4] The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years; and he had other sons and daughters.
      [5:5] Thus all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years; and he died.
      [5:6] When Seth had lived one hundred five years, he became the father of Enosh.
      [5:7] Seth lived after the birth of Enosh eight hundred seven years, and had other sons and daughters.
      [5:8] Thus all the days of Seth were nine hundred twelve years; and he died.
      [5:9] When Enosh had lived ninety years, he became the father of Kenan.
      [5:10] Enosh lived after the birth of Kenan eight hundred fifteen years, and had other sons and daughters.
      [5:11] Thus all the days of Enosh were nine hundred five years; and he died.
      [5:12] When Kenan had lived seventy years, he became the father of Mahalalel.
      [5:13] Kenan lived after the birth of Mahalalel eight hundred and forty years, and had other sons and daughters.
      [5:14] Thus all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • matt

      It's good you read part of Genisis. Now try Numbers and Chronicles. This is from 1 Chronicles. It only takes account of the line following Noah since all others were wiped out in the flood. Just think of all those people who lived and we'll never know they even exsisted. There is no mention of age or date. I would post it but its way too long. Read 1 Chronicles and it give lineage from Adam to Abraham with no mention of age.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  15. Lynn

    Genesis hints that there was a sudden leap in evolution when Adam and Eves eyes were suddenly open and they were aware that they were naked. The fossil records seems to support a sudden leap in evolution. In my opinion, the fruit was a date and not an apple indicating time. Noah was aware of the flood in advance but how? The bible say that God told him but later the bible say that in the beginning God was the WORD and WORD was God. They use word usage today to predict future events such as the case of Web Bot which was intially designed to predict the stock market. Doesn't the gov't monitor chatter and word usage to predict future threats? In the tower of babel story, they were aware of a future threat namely being scattered across the face of the earth . They tried to avoid this by building a city and tower and making a name for themselves which of course gets people to say other words. Then the gods came down and saw what they were doing. "Now nothing they propose to do will be withheld from them and they confused the language and scattered them across the face of the earth. " And the tower fell. The moral of the story is that it is OK to prepare for future threats in fact it can save your life as with Noah, but don't be creating paradoxs by knowing things in advance....it creates a lot of dust.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • JewsforScience

      You need to put the joint down....

      September 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Phazon

      Whay will you think when armageddon does come? It is soon but nobody knows the date only the things and the way people would be at the time of the end.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Lynn..how come god created humans na-ked, yet all other creatures appear to be covered in fur, feathers or scales?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Phazon..if nobody knows.. how do you know it is "soon"...why not in 10,000 years? or is that your definition of soon. I expect it will be in a few billion as the earth gets consumed by the sun..no god needed. although the ancients worshiped the sun...and you most likely worship the son..oh oh...see what can happen..

      September 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • pastapharian

      Sorry, but you don't get to make up your conclusion and then twist baseless words around to try to make them mean what you already believe. That's not the way higher thinking works. smh

      September 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  16. JewsforScience

    Yea ..you have to think twice on the idea of man and TRex roaming the earth together..ROFL how in the hell did Noah get one of those on the Arch..Even G-d on high is laughing at that idea…Creationists..dumber than a bag of Hammers. Come Creationists if you don’t move up soon you might be over taken but talking Chimps, Science and Evolution is the deal ..Keep God and the Torah (That’s the Bible for you Bible thumpers) as your moral compass.. it was never meant to explain this world ..that’s why u have a Brain

    September 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I wish I could protect you from the people who feel that using the Torah/Bible as a moral compass is a very bad idea.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  17. Gadflie

    Out of Curiosity, do any Creationist/ID followers have any arguments in support of Creationism/ID that do not rely on either:
    1) An obvious logical fallacy
    or
    2) An equally obvious misuse of statistics
    ?

    September 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      As I said, outright fabrication of evidence works when (1) or (2) are to be avoided for some reason.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Clint E

      Example of scientific "logical fallacies": either the cosmos sprang into existence ex nihilo or it has existed for eternity...but go ahead, misuse statistics and "data" and try to obfuscate this FACT...

      September 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Clint, perhaps you should look up the term "logical fallacy" before you try to er, contribute here.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Clint E

      @gaddy;
      Something that springs into existence from nothing...read Latin "ex nihilo"... is a logical fallacy.
      Somehting that has existed for eternity is a logical fallacy...

      September 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Neither of those have anything to do with logic actually. If you think otherwise, please cite the name of the logical fallacy(ies). And, apparently you are saying that your god is a logical fallacy. You really aren't very good at this, are you?

      September 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Oh, and something that springs up from nothing? Look up "virtual particles" sometime. But, that much information just might make you actually think for a change.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Clint E

      Matter, ultimately, is nothing more than vacuum fluctuations on the Quantum level.

      Do you know what the term "logic" even means, bright boy?

      I am not going to go to the list of logical fallices on wikipedia like the psudeo-intellectual Atheists on this thread love to do...LOL...

      September 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Clint, yes, I do understand what logic means. But, obviously you do not. Both of your claimed "logical fallacies" are actually postulates, hence cannot be fallacies. Thank you for showing us your ignorance in such a persuasive way.
      Again, you really aren't very good at this.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Historical science? If you take the Bible as a history book then I guess the argument presented in this rebuttal video will make sense to you. There are many different versions of the bible and the bible that is read today doesn't include many of the accounts of the time of Jesus.
    On top of that, most of the stories of the bible are repeats of other cultures that predate Judaism and Christianity. (Flood, God that is killed and rises from the dead, etc.)

    September 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  19. Pastor. Allen

    A report that has two direct links for Nye's video and none for creation does not seem like fair and balanced reporting.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Here's a creationist link for ya.

      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_retardation

      September 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • bananaspy

      What is there to link to? Creationism is not grounded in any kind of actual evidence. I even checked the Young Earth Creationist research site and the best they could do was attack the fossil record as if we even need fossils to prove evolution anymore, when genetics clearly shows we are evolved beings.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • rocinante

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti3mtDC2fQo&w=640&h=360]

      September 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • lamb of dog

      Yeah. I agree pastor. I could use a good laugh.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      For "fair and balanced" news you have to turn to Fox News where you will only get the creationists viewpoint.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • donna

      The story was Bill Nye. If you want a different story, read a different article.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  20. Blackflag

    I am an atheist but I fully support the right of people to practice any faith of their choice within the boundaries of the law. With that said, just as I observe my atheism quietly and personally I expect everyone to observe their faith in the same exact way. The moment you start dragging your religion into public discourse in ways that affect society as a whole you have crossed the line and no one should respect you or your faith. Organizations like Answers in Genesis have no right to exist.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Of course they have a right to exist, and we have a right to call them retarded. That's how freedom works.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Nice try

      So it is ok for mr Nye to attack religion, but not for any Christian to answer him? Get real. I do believe in creation. I do not believe in evolution. (I cannot accept the leaps of faith that believing in evolution requires. :-). Luckily for us we live in the US where we still have free speech.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      What leap of faith? There's no faith required when you have concrete evidence.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Harald

      Nice try:
      your comments clearly show you are not up to speed on evolution and how it works, otherwise you wouldn't make such comments. Unfortunately, this is true for so many of you guys who deny science.
      Don't be lazy. Stick your noses into science books and read up a little bit on science and then try again.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • donna

      Discourse is a good thing. If no one talked about what they thought and believed, no one could ever learn new things. There is no reason to hide your lack of a belief in a deity. There's no shame in it.

      Whether people talk about their beliefs or not, they use those beliefs to form their opinions about how to interact with other people, including how to vote.

      It isn't helpful to keep the basis of belief a secret.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Nice try..creationists point to evolution to say its wrong based on the bible view..that's as good as their "evidence" gets or can ever get. They never attack evolution with science ,or at least, any has been peer reviewed and verified.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
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