Creationists' absurd "Cosmos" demand: Give us equal airtime!

Danny Faulkner, of Answers in Genesis, complained that Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't discuss creationism

Published March 21, 2014 8:58PM (EDT)

Creationists are grumbling about Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey." The show doesn't contain creationist theories about the universe's origins. On Thursday, Danny Faulkner, of Answers in Genesis, took to "The Janet Mefferd Show" to make a plea for "balance."

Faulkner complained, "I don’t recall seeing any interviews with people – that may yet come – but it’s based upon the narration from the host and then various types of little video clips of various things, cartoons and things like that.”

Mefferd suggested that "Cosmos" bring in a different "scientific" point of view. “Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there," she said.  "You know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed.”

That would be because creationism isn't rooted in science. Whereas, especially after revelations of gravitational waves this week, if confirmed, there may be more evidence to support the Big Bang theory. Creationism is rooted in a religious text.

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, Tyson said that there are plenty of scientists who pray to a god, and are "fully functioning" because they don't use religious text as scientific evidence. “The issue there is not religion versus non-religion, or religion versus science,” he said. “The issue is ideas that are different versus dogma.” Tyson also said that enlightened religious people "don’t try to use the Bible as a textbook -- using a Western example.”

"Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" is a reboot of famed astrophysicist Carl Sagan's PBS series, which premiered in 1980.

Right Wing Watch has the audio from "The Janet Mefferd Show" below:


h/t Raw Story, Right Wing Watch

By Sarah Gray

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