Pat Robertson Calls Creationists “Deaf, Dumb, and Blind”
In the war between creationists and defenders of science, creationism’s tenacity has been nothing but alarming. Earlier this year, Bill Nye actually engaged Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis in a debate over whether creationism is a viable scientific theory. (Unfortunately, Nye lost the debate just by showing up.) And according to a recent AP-GfK poll, a majority of Americans (51 percent) still question the Big Bang.
But happily an angel in the form of Pat Robertson (yes, I called Robertson an angel) delivered some good news to all of us who understand that humans didn’t ride dinosaurs to the Sermon on the Mount. When asked about the age of the Earth on a recent “700 Club,” Robertson didn’t hold back in his disdain for the creationist argument.
“You have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to think that this Earth we live in only has 6,000 years of existence,” said Robertson. “It just doesn’t, I’m sorry.
This isn’t the first time Robertson has lashed out against creationists. In 2012, he provoked the ire of many of his followers when he rejected their “Young Earth” claims. And he criticized Ham after the debate earlier this year for Ham’s “destructive teaching” that “gives more fodder to secularists.” Although Robertson said that he disagrees with evolution as it’s currently presented, he warned Christians about going down the path of creationism saying, “Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”
In response to Robertson’s recent comments on the “700 Club,” Ham challenged the televangelist to a debate. (Hopefully, Robertson won’t make the same mistake Nye did.) Ham also accused Robertson of heresy.
“All Christians believe that Jesus Christ suffered physical death and shed His blood because death was the penalty for sin,” Ham said. “Therefore, teaching millions of years of death, disease and suffering before Adam sinned, is a direct attack on the foundation and message of the Cross.”
It could also be argued that Ham’s stubborn ignorance is a direct attack on the wonderful brain God gave us, but that may be too difficult for creationists to understand.
Hopefully, Robertson will keep fighting the good fight. We need a strong, conservative Christian to stand up to the ridiculous statements of Ham and his followers. But it may be easier to defeat creationists if Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network would stop selling creationist instructional videos. Just a thought.
News and Photo Source: Alternet.org
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