Didn't do much today apart from stuff washing into the machine and Hoover the settee...and a bit of sewing.
But I did read about a man named Ken Ham who lives in Kentucky. And it was one of those occasions when I simply couldn't think of anything to say that was repeatable in decent company...
Our Ken is a Creationist...a die-hard Creationist actually. He runs some sort of a group called Answers in Genesis...might be a church...don't know.
And he believes God created the world six thousand years ago...everything all at once...people and animals including dinosaurs. And how does he know that humans were around in the time of the dinosaurs? That's is sooo easy...God told Noah to take two of every animal on the Ark and Noah took two big lizards who were actually dinosaurs so that proves without a shadow of a doubt that humans were living side by side with the dinosaurs.
This could be dismissed as the ramblings of an unquiet mind...or an extremely uneducated one...but it ceases to be even vaguely amusing when you realise he has followers...who have children....who are being taught this as a fact...not a could be or a maybe...but as fact 'because the Bible tells it so'

I've always been a believer in you can follow whatever path suits you and believe the moon is made of cheese and the earth is flat...I don't much care. I don't care if you happily go on your merry way thinking that science is mad altogether and dinosaur bones from millions of years ago are a fantasy dreamt up by blokes with small trowels...if you are daft enough to think an old chap sitting on a cloud breathed life into the tiny globe we call Earth and populated it with dinosaurs and people and mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers and Noah took them all...two by two onto the wooden Ark and didn't have a massacre on his hands as a result ....then thats fine by me...who am I to argue.
But teaching little children that this is the one and only belief is nothing short of feckin' ignorance...cruelty...there isn't a word which describes it...
It isn't 'a religion'...not in the accepted sense anyway...we might be uneasy at others religious belief systems when they appear to target women and children in particular...but those are long held beliefs and have firm roots and we haven't a right...nor ought we to have...to condemm anothers religion because we don't fully understand it.
Creationism isn't a religion though...it's a belief which needs to be put into place alongside scientific research...there seems little understanding of how the Bible was written...especially the Old Testament. There appears to be no true understanding of science either...or there is certainly too readily a need to simply dismiss it out of hand without listening to those who are experts in their field of scientific research...it has recently been discovered that many eminent scientists are also believers in a God...have the likes of Ken Ham ever investigated further and had talks with those who are pioneers in medical research or who spend weeks carefully excavating ancient remains and profess a belief in a Higher Being ....at the same time.
He wouldn't of course consider doing such a thing because he is right and everyone else is wrong and the methods we have such as carbon-dating are the illusions of the general masses.
How do Creationists explain the incredibly rapid development of the spoken language...the ability to use tools...to teach and to learn and to build...if all our modern abilities were to be crammed into the space of six thousand years then wouldn't that be something to behold...
There is a huge amount of knowledge we are still missing...we don't know the extent of the universe...we don't know what killed the dinosaurs...we don't have a cure for cancer or the common cold but surely to goodness we have enough wits about us to look carefully at the Creationists beliefs and find we have some seriously scary people living among us passing on those beliefs to a whole new generation of children...