"Let's be real, let's not make a joke of ourselves."
Yes, that quote was from Pat Robertson, but this time, he was lucid when he said it.
The irony was not lost on very many, to be sure.
it, there was a bishop [Ussher] who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he
came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years," Robertson said. "There
ain't no way that's possible. To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is
just nonsense and I think it's time we come off of that stuff and say this
Critics of Ken Ham during the Great
Creationist Debate (between him and "Science Guy" Nye) were quick to
point out Robertson's reaction: "Even Pat Robertson..." "When you've
lost Pat Robertson..." "Even Pat Robertson is piling on..." It
seemed at first that Robertson was cutting off his nose to spite his face,
since most of his 700 Club viewers have leanings towards the belief that Adam
and Eve romped with Pebbles and Bam Bam*, but Robertson's contradictory
statements have, in the past, simply confused viewers reluctant to point them
out. Isn't questioning Pat Robertson like questioning God Himself?
After all, Robertson talks to God. Regularly.
"Oh, that God would convict and open the eyes of Christian leaders and Christian college and seminary professors, so many of whom are as uninformed and deceived as Pat Robertson. God have mercy."
But if God would convict Ken Ham and open the eyes of his followers (and donors), they might see that Ham's projects (Noah's Ark theme park is due next year) depend upon people like Robertson and his bevy of televangelists. They also might see other things, like the awkward/strange credentials of his "scientists", some of whom have a hard time spelling "biology."
Ham's hubris had to be curtailed early on before his Creation Museum got off the ground: the entrance used to have a banner saying: "Don't Think - Believe."
Mark Creech of the Christian Action League -- the North Carolina affiliate of
the American Family Association -- is furious at Pat
Robertson for his criticism of Creationism, arguing in a column yesterday that believing in evolution
amounts to "blasphemy."
Creech's reasoning, however, is almost as warped as Robertson's is on a more normal day:
The Old Testament God is anything but a God of love and order: He's a God of vengeance, pure and simple, a God who tests people like Abraham and Job on a whim. Creech depends on the age-old guilt trip, laying everything on Adam/man for pain, suffering, etc.