Dog-whistle time! Ben Carson, obviously referring to evolution: “I find, a very good measure of correlation between my religious beliefs and my scientific beliefs — people say, how can you be a scientist, how can you be a surgeon if you don’t believe in certain things?” he continued. “Maybe those things aren’t scientific. Maybe it’s just propaganda.”
Propaganda? Huh? To what political end? What is political about believing that science explains more than religion? Oh, I forgot, everything is political to Republicans. What religious people never consider is that their dust-to-man story is even more far-fetched than the idea that life has gotten more complex over a staggering period of hundreds of millions of years. I have been guilty of wearing my atheism as a badge of pride, but I have never wanted to politicize my beliefs. Atheism has nothing to do with, say, climate change. I trust the science, but not because I am an atheist. On the flip side, Christians have no problem injecting their stupid religious beliefs into a very important debate, of which there hardly is one among the learned community save for the ones on Big Oil’s payroll.
I don’t mean to drop Ben Carson at all Christians’ doorstep. But I’m afraid no one is in charge except us, and it’s short-sighted and dangerous to assume that God would never allow the Earth to become uninhabitable for his prized creations, which from all appearances he is really disappointed in anyway.