In this thread I propose to discuss why "creationism" in general, and "Young Earth Creationism (YEC)" in particular are BAD for the US.
Reason #1: It interferes with the proper education of young people, both in terms of rational thinking and in terms of scientific literacy.
Reason #2: It interferes with the supposedly informed behavior of elected officials, at the local, state and national levels, both in terms of rational thinking and in terms of scientific literacy.
The earth is very old -- over 4.5 billion years old -- according to objective empirical evidence and sound, validated scientific processes. (1)
There was no world wide flood (WWF) -- according to objective empirical evidence from genetics that show no universal "bottleneck" of every single species living or extinct at any singular time in the natural history of life on earth. (2)
Anyone who claims to believe otherwise is, to borrow from Dawkin's, either
stupid -- unable to understand the evidence, or
ignorant -- unaware of the massive amount of evidence for this, or
misinformed -- taught false information (see (3) definition #2 below), usually by a "trusted" source, or
deluded -- developed a false belief on their own (see (3) definition #3 below), for reasons of their own, or
insane -- clinging to a belief that has been falsified by evidence (see (3) definition #4 below), or
malicious -- lying in order to delude others.
Why is this BAD?
It seems rather obvious to me that any teaching in schools that is based on stupid, ignorant, misinformed, deluded, insane or malicious information is bad education, leading to misinformed or deluded students at best. Certainly this is not appropriate for education in a "leading" country.
It also seems rather obvious to me that any governmental decisions, whether at local, state or national levels, based on stupid, ignorant, misinformed, deluded, insane or malicious information is a bad decision.
Symptomatic of this in the US is the degree of Climate Change Denial by members of congress, based on false beliefs that are interfering with rational action regarding this pending massive change to the world as a whole.
Perhaps there should be a scientific literacy test for government representatives ...