Sometimes I run across a story that’s both shocking and not shocking at the same time. That’s basically what happened when I read that an Oklahoma Fox station edited out the only mention of evolution during Neil deGrasse Tyson’s relaunch of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
It wasn’t until the end of the show that Tyson made any mention of evolution, but at the very moment that he began to talk about it, the Fox channel suddenly cut to a local news promo that ran just long enough to block Tyson’s only mention of evolution.
But of course, the station claims that it was all an operator error and it wasn’t intentional.
So they’re trying to actually claim that, in an hour long episode of “Cosmos,” they just “accidentally” ran a local promo for the news station right at the very mention of evolution?
I’m sorry, but I’m not buying it.
While I believe in coincidence, it just seems to0 convenient that in a state such as Oklahoma (a state that’s very anti-evolution and science but very pro-God and creationism) the lone part of the show that talked about some of the factual details of evolution was blocked out “by accident.”
Because isn’t that what many conservatives have been trying to do? Dispute accepted science, or block it entirely (such as the ridiculous movement a few months ago in Kansas), so that children are raised believing that the Earth is 6,000 years old and evolution is just some liberal gobbledygook that should be ignored.
And I say that as a Christian. Though, like Tyson has said as well, I believe faith and science can co-exist. But that’s a discussion for another article.
Though I hate using the popular conservative rhetoric of “waging war on,” I think it’s pretty clear that there’s a conscious effort being undertaken by conservatives to “wage a war” on accepted science. Because it’s not just evolution they oppose, they’re also often staunch opponents of climate change – another thing that’s overwhelmingly accepted by the vast majority of scientists.
So did this Fox station deliberately edit out the mention of evolution during “Cosmos?” We’ll probably never have concrete evidence of it. Personally, I don’t believe for a moment that this was “just an accident,” but that’s just my educated guess.