First, watch this:
- She doesn’t even bat an eye when she mentions the age of the Earth; this isn’t an attempt to rile people up, it’s just an elected state senator expressing something she believes to be true.
- It isn’t true. It’s one of those chestnuts the fringe Christian right likes to trot out, but it’s bogus.
- She’s saying this in support of her position on environmental protection laws: she doesn’t like them. Her position is that the Earth has lasted 6,000 years without bringing in laws to protect people from radioactive contamination, so why start now?
I’ll never bash someone for their religious beliefs. That’s their business, and I leave them to it. But this is something different, and it isn’t really a religious belief, despite what some people will tell you. This is an elected representative of the people using a stupid, misguided slice of manufactured evangelical propaganda — a “fact” with no basis in fact — to support a political position. And that’s reprehensible.
Not only that, her argument doesn’t even hold water. Let’s assume the Earth really is 6,000 years old (and dinosaurs didn’t exist, and women are made out of a guy’s rib), and not billions of years old. The impact of the last century of technology and industry on the planet is the same. Her stand makes no sense.
Whether you support environmental protection laws or not, whether you’re a Christian or an atheist, if you think religious beliefs should play a role in lawmaking, you should think about living in a country where that’s the way things work. Like Iran. Or Afghanistan. Remember the Taliban? This is no different.
UPDATE: This issue is prompting a lot of debate, not just in the comments section here, but all over. Check out this Facebook exchange.