Creationists are accusing astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reboot of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” of being scientifically unbalanced because it doesn’t represent their beliefs.
Right Wing Watch posted audio of Danny Faulkner of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum speaking Thursday on “The Janet Mefford Show,” in which he blasted deGrasse Tyson for ignoring the creationist point of view.
“Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all,” Faulkner told host Janet Mefford.
“But when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there,” Mefford said. “You know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed.”
Faulkner said that in the first episode of “Cosmos” deGrasse Tyson talked about all views being up for discussion in the field of science, but said he wasn’t following through on that standard.
“I thought to myself no, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion it would seem,” Faulkner said.
As Mother Jones reported, it’s not just the explanation of evolution on “Cosmos” that angers the creationist crowd: DeGrasse Tyson was also critiqued for covering global warming and the big bang theory.
And an Oklahoma Fox affiliate raised eyebrows last week when it apologized for cutting fifteen seconds from the “Cosmos” premiere, which contained the episode’s only reference to evolution, and blamed it on an “operator error.” The mishap came just after an anti-science bill that would make it easier for teachers to critique established scientific theories like evolution passed the Oklahoma House.
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