Sometimes, I can be surprised. Today is one of those days. I would never have thought to hear Pat Robertson say what he said about creationism and Ken Ham.
Read below and maybe you will share my surprise.
What’s the business ethics question here? A television network even one associated with a religion is still a business. What’s the issue? How about Pat Robertson saying what he considers to be true even though it will offend many of his viewers? I have to give him points on that one.
This is an extremely ethical act. He could have avoided the issue or said something moderately approving about defenders of the faith, and yet he did choose that path.
Now I have certainly disagreed with Robertson in the past and probably will in the future. But I grew up in the Fundamentalist Church, right wing Baptists (You might think that’s not possible but it is. Trust me.) they and many other evangelicals consider any questioning of Biblical literal truth as a form of heresy.
So, on this day I give credit and compliments to Pat Robertson for being willing to raise a difficult issue with his base of supporters.
Pat Robertson begs Ken Ham to shut up – Salon.com
Creationist Ken Ham is having his 15 minutes, following a live debate on evolution held between himself and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” on Tuesday.
And while you’d expect most folks to deem Nye the winner (which they have), Ham is receiving criticism from a source you might not expect: televangelist Pat Robertson.
On the Wednesday edition of his TV show, “The 700 Club,” Robertson indirectly implored Ham to put a sock in it, criticizing Ham’s view that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.
“Let’s face it, there was a bishop [James Ussher] … who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years,” Robertson began. “There ain’t no way that’s possible … To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.”
“We’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that’s found in science,” Robertson continued, “and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”
“Let’s be real,” Robertson begged, “let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”
From around the web.
Here’s an interesting link: http://youcallthatart.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/pat-robertson-disses-creationism-shocker/
It’s from the web site, You call that Art.
From the web site, WTVR.com.
Televangelist Pat Robertson challenged the idea that Earth is 6,000 years old this week, saying the man who many credit with conceiving the idea, former Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher, “wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years.”
The statement was in response to a question Robertson fielded Tuesday from a viewer on his Christian Broadcasting Network show “The 700 Club.” In a submitted question, the viewer wrote that one of her biggest fears was that her children and husband would not go to heaven “because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs.”
“You go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things, and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas,” Robertson said. “They’re out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth, and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don’t try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible.”