I don’t believe people should really have a whole host of “dealbreakers,” when it comes to deciding who they date, or even who their friends are. But I do have two: creationists and climate change deniers. And it has nothing to do with these people’s political beliefs (although I’m usually not a fan of these people’s views in that arena either). It’s because those people don’t believe in logic and reason, and I can’t interact with someone like that.
About 10-15 years ago, a subconscious movement not to believe in facts started in fringe pockets of America. I don’t know the how and the why, all I know is that you have to believe in gravity, or today’s weather forecast, or that if you’re bleeding, you should take some conscious effort to stop that. But there are some people who don’t believe in simple rational behavior and basic scientific facts. These are the people who believe the Earth is 4,000 years old, and that man and dinosaurs once interacted together like on the Flintstones.
Apparently, ESPN’s Chris Fowler offended them yesterday with his closing World Cup remarks. I say WHO CARES??? I seriously doubt any creationists read this site everyday- because I seriously doubt creationists read in their leisure time.
By Paul M. Banks
This comes to us from Larry Brown Sports. Although I appreciate LBS’ calling my attention to this, I DISAGREE 100% with his ideas about it. This isn’t a “sensitive issue” in America. It only matters to religious extremists on the fringe of our society. The creationists are like the jihadists and terrorists in predominantly Muslim countries: lunatic, religious zealots that are no indicative of the population at large; just a small fringe group.
Fowler did an excellent job the entire six weeks in South Africa but his final minutes on TV could yield the most controversy. Here’s what Fowler said in his closing statement from South Africa:
“As for the African experience, we’ve all come away changed and moved by our months here in South Africa. Will this World Cup solve all of this country’s problems? Certainly not. But if you listen to the locals here, it has certainly gone a long way creating unity and harmony that this nation with a troubled past has never seen. We invite you to experience it some day. You will not come away from this country without being moved and inspired and changed if you open your heart to it because after all, as human beings, if you go back far enough to our roots, we are all Africans.”
It’s not that I disagree with what Fowler said, it’s that he touched on a highly sensitive subject for Americans. There are many people who believe in creationism rather than evolution, and Fowler may have alienated the former.
I like I said, I don’t think Fowler offended anybody. Or at least anybody’s opinions that are worth caring about. Go rent the documentary “Jesus Camp,” the scariest horror movie that I’ve ever seen, and you’ll agree with me.
Like the extremely over-played Gatorade commercial says, “if you want a revolution, the only solution evolve. You gotta evolve.”
Written by Paul M. Banks, President and CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest focused webzine. He is also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Chicago Tribune’s blog network, Walter Football.com, the Washington Times Communities, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com
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