Thursday, December 3, 2009

Roger Ebert Slams Superstitious Creationists, and New-Agers'

Roger Ebert rips into the trendy New-Age phenomoenon, leading into a broader polemic on creationism, politics, and the media.  His critique of the way our media treats manufactured controversies, the evolution "debate" (which is, of course, nothing even resembling a debate), and religious literalism is refreshing.  Particularly so when it comes from a well-known TV personality:
  • "My only purpose today is to state early and often that if a Presidential candidate believes early humans used saddles to ride on the backs of dinosaurs, as they are depicted at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, that candidate should not be elected President. 
  • And if a candidate counts among close friends and advisors anyone in communication with the spirit world, that candidate should not be elected President. 
  • And if a candidate accounts for the fact that humanoid and dinosaur bones are never found at the same level in the fossil record by evoking the action of sediment after the Great Flood, that candidate should not be President. 
  • And if a candidate has a spirit guide, consults his or her Chart and takes more than a passing amusement in the horoscope, that candidate should not be elected President. 
  • I would be much relieved if the MSM would subscribe to these guidelines now, when our minds are clear, and not muddle them later in the fray of an election. Serious belief in either the New Age or Creationism should be as much a cause for ineligibility as -- why, not being born in the United States."
Read the full article HERE.

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