I’m looking forward to posting one of these every Friday. It’s something to help readers wind down for the weekend. Fortunately I don’t have to make them up:
In a speech delivered in 2012, Ben Carson said the big bang theory was part of the “fairy tales” pushed by “highfalutin scientists” as a story of creation.
Similarly, Carson, a noted creationist, said he believed the theory of evolution was encouraged by the devil.
Calling a central concept of modern cosmology a fairy tale pushed by “highfalutin scientists” speaks to a certain lack of understanding. However, tying modern theories of biological evolution to “the devil” says something else. The devil is well understood to be a piece of ancient folklore, along the lines of Santa Clause. It is funny that an educated person living in the 21st century still believes in fairy tales.
What is not funny is that this person was once the front-running candidate for President of the United States by a major political party.