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Does It Matter That Pat Robertson Denounced Creationism?

Dec

03

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Who took my false teeth?

In case you haven’t heard, in a recent episode of The 700 Club noted corpse Pat Robertson reluctantly admitted maybe that whole thing about the earth being only 6,000 years old is just kind of, y’know, maybe a complete load of shit.

Obviously, this was a bit of a shocker. Robertson has been the captain of the delusional nutjob team for decades now. Why the sudden change of heart? Is he so old that he’s just entered “who gives a fuck” mode? Whatever the case, it certainly threw a lot of people for a loop, but the question is: does this actually matter? Let’s take a look at the details and see if we can’t reach conclusion on this.

Why It Doesn’t Matter

He’s Still An Asshole
I really, really hope no one looks at this and decides “you know what, I kind of like him now!” Please don’t. He’s still a dick who opposes women’s rights and gay rights, told people to pray for Supreme Court justices to die, and thinks 9/11 and Katrina happened due to abortion and butt-fucking. Being right about one thing does not make someone a decent person. Please remember that.

He’s Just One Dude
Let’s not forget that Christianity is a giant, lumbering force, and the Christian right is a lot bigger than we want it to be. One guy coming to his senses about one issue isn’t going to convince everyone else, and it’s going to take a lot more work to stop people form trying to teach creationism in schools. It’s a good start, but it’s not too much else.

Why It Might Actually Matter

We Now Have A Great New Argument To Use On Creationists
“Come on! Even Pat Robertson isn’t dumb enough to believe that shit!”

Fundamentalist Christians might Be Realizing How Stupid They Sound
Okay, this might sound a bit contradictory because I just said he’s only one guy, but just for fun, let’s take the optimistic viewpoint on this: maybe the most hardcore Christians are slowly beginning to realize how ridiculous they sound. Remember, we’re coming off an election where the Christian right received a serious ass-handing-to, and that might be causing people to rethink things. They’ve been using the same arguments for what seems like an eternity now:

1. God made everything
2. Abortion is bad
3. Butt sex makes Jesus cry

Lately, it really seems like a large portion of the country is rejecting that line of thinking. At some point, the people peddling Christianity are going to have to realize that these arguments aren’t really working anymore. Mainly because the people who used to by into them are either dying, or – in Robertson’s case – coming to their senses shortly before dying.

Frankly, I would’ve been more encouraged if Robertson had reconsidered his views on marriage or abortion. Anyone can look at concrete facts and say “hmm…maybe I should start taking this seriously,” but it would’ve been even cooler if Robertson had realized that using religion to bully women and gays might not be the best idea in the world. But hey, you take whatever victory you can get.

Only time will tell if Robertson newfound stance on creationism is going to have a serious impact. It might be the beginning of a period where Christians take stock of what they’ve been saying and make serious adjustments. It could just be one random old dude coming to his senses while his comrades continue shouting along about the same old shit. For now, it’s a minor victory for reasonable people, and if turns into something more, that would be great, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  • Chris Riordan

    To answer the headline literally: no. To read any further in this article would not matter. No offense. I mean, take it if you want. Offense that is. Ian Murphy would, and he’s THE BOSS OF THE BEAST!

    • Chris Riordan

      i mean let’s not drag Big Bunting into this..

  • Chris Riordan

    For now, it’s a minor victory for reasonable people, and if turns into something more, that would be great, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Greg

    1. Newton may have been right about a couple of things but I doubt he would have paused long enough from trying to decipher secret mathmatical messages in the bible, poisoning himself with mercury whilst tring to create gold, or poking sticks into his eyes, in order to study the colours that he saw when he did so, to notice anybodies criticism of the things he was wrong about.

    2. Lets not forget that science is a giant lumbering force, that since the advent of metalurgy has put weapons in the hands of the religiously insane for a profit (pun intended) given the world (amongst other things) vivisectection, lots of empirical evidence to support the belief that because womens brains a slightly smaller on average than mens it means that they are less intelligent and more prone to their brains overheating because of the hysteria caused by their over active uteruses, eugenics, lots of Doctors advising on the health benifits of tobacco smoking, 23,000 nuclear weapons, a level of industrial exhaust and polution that threatens all life on earth (except, perhaps, some of the extremophiles), the assertion that evolution has done such a crap job with humanity 50% of us couldn’t exist without access to a Dr’s office, a chemist, or a giant pharmaceutical company in any given month, and the firm belief amongst the general public that life on The Star Ship Enterprise is just around the corner. Galileo, after all, was just one man and we have a lot of work to do.

    3. I may not be able to detect many people in Australia selling their daughters for two goats and a cow, or demanding that their daughters rapists pay them thirty pieces of silver and marry her. I may think that I can detect some shades of grey between the morality of the old ladies down the Salvation Army Opportunity shop, (drinking their tea, chatting about their cats and Jesus) and a Salifist Jihadi. There may be 7 out of ten Christian Americans that claim they don’t believe in a literal translation of the bible. But if we don’t insist that religion, alone out of all human constructs, is incapable of evolving, how are we going to knock down the caricature of itself that we insist it is and get our superiority fix for the day?

    • Lady La

      OK, so science showed women’s brains are smaller. Science also showed brain size doesn’t reflect intelligence. Science may show something else in the future.

      Where would you like to draw the line and say This is where we stop learning anything new? I’m guessing right before metallurgy was discovered: “…first evidence of human metallurgy dates from the 5th and 6th millennium BC”. The golden age.

      • Greg

        I’ll see your guess and raise you one guess;did you find your guess in the bottom of your hat with the use of a seer stone?
        Thanks for informing me when metallurgy emerged. However, my grandad was a mining engineer and me,my dad, sister, brother in law and three of my cousins have also racked up quite a few decades in the industry so it probably wasn’t necessary.

        • Lady La

          Bad metallurgy, bad. If only we could be ignorant again. Wail!!!

          • Greg

            As far as I can tell many people are keen to simplify a chaotic, complex universe so that it fits into a black and white personal, structural framework of understanding. For example; Science good-Religion bad. Or alternatively, Religion good-Science bad.

            It’s a popular phenomenon. Organisms look like they’re designed to respond to stimuli and not sit down for the rest of their lives and think about the implications and ramifications of that phenomenon.

            However if you’re a person like me with a strong interest in science AND a profound love of nature I reckon you could be forgiven if you had worked in a fragile, virgin, desert eco-system like this one http://static.environmentalgraffiti.com/sites/default/files/images/http-inlinethumb51.webshots.com-45234-2827986810104181437S600x600Q85.jpg in Western Australia and were thinking about various shades of grey.

            I empathise with those that can only pick one side though. Just obeying their natures as far as I’m concerned.

  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    Here in TN, they have taken steps though new legislation to allow creationism back into the classroom. This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/04/pulpit-in-classroom-biblical-agenda-in.html with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.

  • Jesus of Nazaeth

    Robertson will say or do anything to enrich himself. I have no idea how this statement can benefit him, but I’m sure it will come out eventually. NOTHING comes out of that guy’s piehole unless there’s something in it for him.

  • Lady La

    It’s not a victory. Victory implies there was a fight – as far as evolution is concerned, the serious debate has moved on. To paraphrase Dawkins: it looks good for him to have his opinion reported on reputable websites, but not so much for those websites. Oh wait, where am I???

  • amynator

    Pat Robertson is a clown. How do these people attract a following? http://www.ficksitall.blogspot.com

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