Now if we can’t all agree that the great thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe in it or not and with that knowledge in hand, we turn our attention to the newest installment in the ‘science wars’:
The Kentucky-based Creationist group ‘Answers in Genesis’ is currently demanding that Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new hit show ‘Cosmos’ include creationist arguments and that the show lacks scientific balance because it fails to provide airtime for evolution deniers.
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.”
Danny Faulkner of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum appeared on The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday to criticize Cosmos for not providing airtime for Creationism adherents. When Mefferd asked if Cosmos will “ever give a Creationist any time,” Faulkner responded by lamenting that “Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all.” Now any good scientific argument must hear arguments from either side but one of the Arguing that evolution, the foundation of modern biology, and one of many theological beliefs on human creation are simply “two sides” that merit competing time on a science program is much like the equally absurd argument Creationists use when trying to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools.
Audio via Right Wing Watch: