Creationism is bad religion

By Phil Plait | March 27, 2009 7:00 am

It’s dead obvious that creationism isn’t science, or even bad science. It’s nonsense. But I’ve long stated it’s also bad religion, because it doesn’t just take faith, it also takes a phenomenal disregard of reality. Moderate Christians should distance themselves from such garbage, as it is a clear distortion of the Bible. The creation story in Genesis has two self-contradicting versions!

That’s why this video pleased me. It’s from a moderate man, a religious one, but one who sees what folly young-Earth creationism is. I recommend watching it. He even points out he disagrees with atheists on things, but in this case he knows creationism is a crock. And with what’s going on Texas right now, what he says is more important than ever.

I receive email and comments on my blog from religious people saying I hate Christians. I find that funny, and ironic, given what Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount contrasted with the commentor’s obvious attitude toward me. Still, that claim is ridiculous. I don’t hate Christians, nor do I ever say that people cannot believe whatever they want. You can believe what you want, including the grossly ridiculous idea that the Earth is 6000 years old. That’s your right.

But that right stops when you try to make laws based on your belief, and when you try to tell an entire country how your religion should be the only thing taught in science class, and when your belief system affects people’s health, welfare, and well-being. Creationism and fundamentalism do just that.

I will not sway from my stance that I will not allow laws in this country to be based on a narrow sect’s belief system, whether it aligns with reality or not (and in the case of creationists, it’s way way not). I will continue to be vocal, I will continue to fight, and I will do what I can to make sure this country stays free.


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