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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos' 667

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Travis Gettys reports that creationist Danny Falkner appeared Thursday on "The Janet Mefford Show" to complain that the Fox television series and its host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, had marginalized those with dissenting views on accepted scientific truths. "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," said Falkner of Answers In Genesis who also complained that Tyson showed life arose from simple organic compounds without mentioning that some believe that's not possible. "I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion – it's all on the table – and I thought to myself, 'No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem." To be fair, there aren't a ton of shows on TV specifically about creationism says William Hamby. "However, there are entire networks devoted to Christianity, and legions of preachers with all the airtime they need to denounce evolution. Oh, and there was that major movie from a few years back. And there's a giant tax-payer subsidized theme park in Kentucky. And the movie about Noah. And entire catalogs of creationist movies and textbooks you can own for the low low price of $13.92.""
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

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  • by O('_')O_Bush ( 1162487 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @09:14AM (#46550601)
    I would oblige them. Give I.D.ERS equal time... just, give it to the Luciferians. I am sure the Creationists will shut up mighty quick.
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @09:21AM (#46550633)

    If "special creationists" is like "special children", then I'm kinda scared. You mean there is an even more idiotic version of them?

  • Re:Deal (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 22, 2014 @09:38AM (#46550705)

    Further more, every Christian preacher should devote 75% of each sermon to advocating Atheism, Islam and Satanism, so that dissenting views get "equal airtime" there too.

  • by Zaphod-AVA ( 471116 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @09:43AM (#46550717)

    It's hard to get equal time considering the material.

    "And now we will take some time to discussing the evidence that supports the theory of creation.

    (long uncomfortable pause)

    Well, that's done. Back to science!"

  • by Primate Pete ( 2773471 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @09:55AM (#46550781)
    that the only reasonable explanation for the lack of equal time is that God doesn't want the creationists to have it. How could a just and righteous creator hang his PR department out to dry like this? One might make the mistake of thinking that it is all just bullshit and that we reasonable people won't gain anything by engaging with the creationists...
  • "Creation" (Score:4, Funny)

    by CanEHdian ( 1098955 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @10:14AM (#46550921)

    The dissenters should just commission their own series, perhaps called Creation.

    It opens with a bright blue eyed boy of about 4 years old, sitting on his knees on the carpet, toy rocket in hand, talking to what is presumably his great-grandfather who is seated in a comfortable chair, sipping from a cup of tea in his right hand, a copy of the Holy Bible on one of the armrests. "Grampy," the boy asks, "where did the world and all the stars come from?"

    The man puts his other hand on the bible. "Boy," he says, "the answer to that and all other questions is right in here!" He puts the cup of tea on a side table and picks up the bible, thumbing through it, then closing it and holding it up in front of the boy. "It's all here because God wanted it to be here. He said: Let there be light! And there was light. And the next 5 days He spent building everything you see, including us. And on the 7th day He rested."

    The boy ponders over this for a second, then frowns. "But Grampy... then where did God come from?" The man's face turns into an angry scowl, he lifts up the bible high into the air as if to strike down the young man with it... then screams "Blasphemy! How dare you ask such questions! Off you go, get out of my eyes!"

  • by jez9999 ( 618189 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @10:18AM (#46550937) Homepage Journal

    There's no crocoduck. You can't explain that!

  • by Sique ( 173459 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @10:19AM (#46550943) Homepage
    No, there are Special Creationists (concerned with space and time) and General Creationists (which also include mass into their prayers).
  • by Registered Coward v2 ( 447531 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @11:06AM (#46551255)


    Somebody call?

    Whoompa, whoompa, whoompa


    Who is that?

    It's the Lord, Noah


  • by ubrgeek ( 679399 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @11:49AM (#46551527)
    > The Soviets saw Star Wars as a complete joke.

    Actually, I think they were OK with Star Wars. Pravda gave The Phantom Menace two thumbs down.
  • by ultranova ( 717540 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @02:12PM (#46552557)

    Actually, I think they were OK with Star Wars.


    C-3PO: a bumbling, whining, annoying, cowardly intelligentsia ("I'm familiar with over 6 million forms of communication") who's only saving grace is ultimate loyalty to R2.
    R2-D2: super proletariat, a factory worker who saves the day through its superior manual labour skills over and over again. Where royalty is ineptly captured (Leia) and priesthood is either struck down (Obi-Wan) or nearly goes to the dark side (Luke), and capitalists (Han) only join the fight out of greed and return to avoid a mutiny of the downtrodden underclass (Chewbacca) when they aren't actively betraying each other (Lando), R2 tirelessly carries the rebllion towards the glorious new Red Dawn.

    Never thought of it that way, but yeah, I guess Lucas really was a communist spy. And the prequel trilogy is as it is because he no longer has his KGB contacts write his propaganda for him.

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban