Dr. Ben Carson, one of the Republican frontrunners, once again pandered to the science-rejecting conservative Christian base while speaking at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. last weekend.
During his speech, Carson claimed to have debated a “leading atheist” on the topic of evolution. Given that Carson is a creationist, it’s easy to see where this is going, and it shouldn’t surprise you, dear reader, to learn Carson managed to lose to his own strawman atheist.
Ben Carson’s Hollywood evolution
Carson claims to have debated a “leading atheist” in Hollywood, but he never named the atheist in question.
I have no idea why he would assume a “leading atheist” would know any more than the average person. There are “leading atheists” who believe that we’ll be digitizing our consciousnesses and uploading them into computers by 2040. Just because the individual is an atheist does not mean they’re good biology.
This, however, didn’t stop Carson:
I remember a few years back I was engaged in a debate in Hollywood with a leading atheist. This guy thinks anybody who believes in God is a total moron. As they got to the end of the conversation, you know, he is denigrating anybody who could believe in Creation, I said:
‘You know what? You win. I believe I came from God, and you believe you came from a monkey. And you’ve convinced me you’re right.’
The audience found this utterly hilarious and erupted into laughter. One conservative website, eager to revel in its own ignorance, called it a “brilliant line” and a “mic drop response.”
I have a question for Dr. Ben Carson, and Christian conservatives in general: “If white Americans came from white Europeans, why are there still white Europeans?”
The above question isn’t factious. It illustrates how evolution operates perfectly. Obviously white Americans didn’t evolve from modern day white Europeans; both modern day white Europeans and modern day white Americans share a common ancestor.
Congratulations, you now know why Ben Carson lost against his own strawman.
Humans did not evolve from monkeys. Humans did not even evolve from chimpanzees, bonobos, or gorillas. All of us have a common ancestor that we came from, just like white Americans and modern day white Europeans have a common ancestor.
That Carson is a neurosurgeon and doesn’t understand this is scary. That he wants to be the leader of the free world and refuses to understand this is absolutely terrifying.
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