I was going through my daily ritual of catching up with the goings-on in the world, checking out stories on various sites, when I saw an article that I just had to read: Pat Robertson Dispels Creationist Idea That Earth is 6,000 Years Old, on Huffington Post.
I immediately began reading the article, convinced that this was some tease and he didn't really mean it; well, I was wrong! The article begins with this explanation:
Robertson's comments were made in response to a viewer who had written in to the show. The woman said that her "biggest fear is to not have my children and husband next to me in God's Kingdom because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs."
Look, I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop [James] Ussher wasn't inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years. It just didn't. 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.
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.
If you fight science, you're going to lose your children, and I believe in telling it the way it was.
Holy crap! Is that a teeny bit of rationalization and common sense that has gotten through Robertson's hardened shell of Xian Fundamentalist Irrational Lunacy? Maybe he's coming around! I wonder if, since he started out bat-shit crazy and delusional, the affects of his advanced aging works the opposite of what it does for those of us who live in the real world. Maybe, instead of slipping into geriatric feeble mindedness (or even worse - Alzheimer's), maybe he is going the opposite way - from insanity to rationality?
And then I was brought back to reality as I continued reading the article, and found this:
Earlier this month, Robertson warned his viewers that "miserable atheists" are trying to "steal" Christmas.
"Atheists don't like our happiness, they don't want you to be happy, they want you to be miserable," Robertson said at the time. "They're miserable so they want you to be miserable."
Well, there's the Pat Robertson we've all come to know and mock. I guess that this can be chalked up to something like the old adage "Even a clock is right twice a day", or "Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut" - except in this instance it would be "Even a crazy-ass Fundamentalist will occasionally say something rational".
I must admit, however, that I can't wait to see what the backlash will be like in that Community of the Delusional, especially since Robertson is one of the Ringmasters of the Fundie Circus.
Your thoughts are most welcome!