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Creationists demand equal airtime on Neil deGrasse Tyson's ‘Cosmos' to provide ‘balance'

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Creationists demand equal airtime on Neil deGrasse Tyson's ‘Cosmos' to provide ‘balance'

By Travis Gettys
Friday, March 21, 2014 14:10 EDT
Neil deGrasse Tyson via Flickr user John Roling
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Creationists held a pity party for themselves Thursday because "Cosmos" isn't being fair and balanced to their beliefs.

"Creationists aren't even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn't even consider us plausible at all," said Danny Falkner, of Answers In Genesis, which has previously complained about the show.

Falkner appeared Thursday on "The Janet Mefford Show" to complain the Fox television series and its host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, had marginalized those with dissenting views on accepted scientific truths, reported Right Wing Watch.


"I don't recall seeing any interviews with people - that may yet come - but it's based upon the narration from the host and then various types of little video clips of various things, cartoons and things like that," Falkner said.

Mefferd said the show should at least offer viewers a false compromise.

"Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there, you know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,' but that's not even allowed," she said.

Tyson recently said science reporting should not be balanced with nonscientific claims, so that seems unlikely he would offer that sort of fallacious argument on his own show.

"You don't talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let's give equal time to the flat Earthers," Tyson told CNN. "Plus, science is not there for you to cherry pick."

Falkner complained that Tyson showed life arose from simple organic compounds without mentioning that some believe that's not possible.

"I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion - it's all on the table - and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem,'" Falkner said.

Listen to this audio clip posted online by Right Wing Watch:


by on Mar. 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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by Bronze Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM
As I said, I don't expect it. A reasonable theory would be ID or something of the sort. There are many scientists who allow for the possibity of a creator. I think people arguing for equal airtime are ridiculous. All I would ask is that the statements the creators of this show have made about Christians would not make it into the final cuts. If you want science to bea separate discussion from religion,you leave it out completely, you don't ridcule it.
Quoting ..MoonShine..: What is your definition of a "reasonable theory"? My definition includes EVIDENCE.

Quoting MommaGreenhalge: I will be interested to see if his claims of the multiverse get airtime on the cosmos, seeing as how that is about as religious a belief as any other. NDT and Seth MacFarlane are both very hostile to the idea of a Creator and have said as much. I wouldn't expect them to include reasonable theories involving one.
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by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM

which was not the topic at hand, I asked who was demanding TIME on specific shows. 

Quoting 12hellokitty:

No I am commenting on the double standard.  You on the other hand are whinning about me referencing Muslims as an example of groups who make demands on network programming.  

Quoting stacymomof2: You are the one whining about double standards. Do you think the anti defamation league would stand for anti Jewish portrayal on some idiot show? They would not. So why are you all up in arms about CAIR?
Quoting 12hellokitty:

You're right CAIR doesn't ask for equal time they just demand to silence all outlets that question or portray Muslims in a negative light.  And whinning about discussing the double standards people on here have towards Muslims is getting old....

Quoting stacymomof2: Oh man seriously? Why can't you ever comment on a thread about christians without bringing up muslims? I am vvirtually certain that if muslims were trying this the same things would be said about them if not worse. and yes CAIR protests against bigoted portrayal of Muslims that is what the group is for. Thats not the same as demanding to insert their beliefs into any random show. So did you find where they are protesting cosmos or referencing it at all?
Quoting 12hellokitty:

Muslim organization CAIR often demands shows not represent Muslims in any type of negative way.  I highly doubt Tyson will reference Islam as being anti-science.  Which considering in the UK Muslims are forcing public schools to teach creationism along with demanding universities allow Muslim medical students to sit out on any teachings that go against Islam.  

Quoting autodidact:


Quoting 12hellokitty:

GLBT's activist demanded representation on many shows.  They basically concluded it was homophobic to not include GLBT characters or themes.  

Quoting autodidact:

they are demanding time on specific shows? I don't think so. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:


no different than other groups demanding more representation on tv

by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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Bo freakin' hoo.  It's science, not make believe fantasy.

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