Last week I posted Bill Nye’s “Big Think” video in which he went after creationism without mincing words. Predictably, the creationist organization “Answers in Genesis” enlisted a video response (below) from two of the self-described “science guys” (better described as “Liars for Jesus”) from Kentucky’s Creation Museum, Dr. David Menton and Dr. Georgia Purdom. The title of the video is offensive as well: “Bill Nye, creationism is highly appropriate for our children.”
It’s unfortunate that Nye said that creationism was a problem unique to the U.S., but it is true that levels of evolution-denial are higher in this country than in any other First World nation. But as for the rest of the creationist response, it’s predictable and lame. Purdom draws a false distinction between “observational science” and “historical science,” placing evolution in the latter category, a category in which truth is determined solely by one’s “worldview.” She also avers that “historical science” “confirms the literal history in Genesis.” What has she been smoking?
Menton’s argument for why the idea of evolution is “highly superfluous” is hilarious. How can these people believe such things? Well, we know the answer. A world without religion would be a world without creationism, and our kids could learn the truth about their origins without opposition.
Also predictably, the creationists have disabled comments on the video.