Like really believes it. And is raising a child. Scary.
My cousin thinks humans lived with dinosaurs.
In all seriousness, though, it's hard to know what to do about the kids in these situations.
I have a friend with a kid and he and his wife used to be raging homophobes. It took someone in our group coming out of the closet to make them change their ways. It's tough because one of the basic rules of "other people's kids" is "don't go trying to raise them", but you still want them to be a properly educated adult eventually.
I experience the kind of anxiety you're talking about a lot; not specifically creationists, but generally parents who are close to me, raising their kids in environments that would stunt them. I remember the fundamentalist upbringing I received, and how easy it was to deconstruct it once I had put some geography between my family and me, and trust in the ability of any young person to do the same when they're grown up and moved out on their own.
This has the side effect of making me terribly unsympathetic toward grown adults who have never questioned the faith in which they were brought up, but I never claimed to be perfect.
"What about dinosaurs? They are not referenced in the bible, and yet there is scientific proof that -"
"No, there's no such thing as dinosaurs. They never existed. Do you believe in the moon landing too?"
A difficult conversation to exit out of without wanting to brain an old friend with the nearest heavy object.
I am wondering why people are not more concerned with the Martian coverup. I mean, we sent an American soldier there and it turned into a Kurtz situation. He made himself king of Mars. NASA has been covering up the data.
Based on many arguments with religious folk I've had. Anything from "You're wrong." to "The bible said so." to various threats of physical violence. Hence why I've given up. In the age of information staying ignorant is a choice and I have too little time to waste trying to talk sense into those who can't cope with the fact that we are racing through the void on a tiny rock with no real significance to the universe at large.
I've found that asking hardcore religious folk about specific passages in their bibles is a good start....get everyone on the same page, so to speak.
Then once some complacency sets in, start hitting on the specifics....asking about the discrepancies and contradictions that crop up*. Of course, odds are that they won't have any truly decent knowledge of the supposed book(s) they follow...(I've found this is true of about 98% of the christians I've talked to)
I think that the best one can hope for is to set the seeds of skepticism in people when it comes to these myths. When you start pointing out the HUGE number of inconsistencies present, those 'followers' will hopefully start themselves on a quest....an exodus, if you will...for information beyond their current religious 'neighborhood'.
It certainly couldn't hurt to buy them a copy of the Joseph Campbell book, 'The Power of Myth'
*If they have any tattoos bring up Leviticus 19:28...
Luckily I was into dinosaurs before I started first grade at a Catholic school. I would watch any TV show about dinosaurs, be it something good like a dinosaur themed NOVA, something bad like Land of the Lost and something in between like the 3-2-1 Contact episode about fossils. I made my mother read the same dinosaur books over and over again. That is why I never believed that the world was created in six days and was only thousands of years old.
IIRC, some here gave me shit for doing this in the past....
Just had a couple of young women come to my door and try and sell me their biblical time share....
After giving them a minute to pimp their wares, I asked them the simple (IMO?!) 'Colbert' test question about the thing they are proselytizing.
"Can you name the 10 Commandments?"
Her: "umm.....murder is one?"
Me: "pro or against....because you know, the god in that book you're holding kills a lot of people...a lot..."
Her: <blank stare>
Me: "thanks...maybe you should go and familiarize yourself a bit more with that book in your hand before you go around and try and sell it to people....you know, it also couldn't hurt to read up on Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and some of the other world religions.
Have a nice day."
I'm sure he's only referencing the widely accepted theory that birds are merely a specialized form of raptor-ian dinosaur. Thus, humans always have (and still do) live with dinosaurs.
Any other conclusion is simply too ludicrous to believe.
Damn, this Pope is the Nirvana of Catholicism....
The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.
Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.
He added: “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment.
Really? It isn't Goldblum's epic "Life ... uhhh.... finds a way" speech?
I have an... acquaintence who believes in this stuff. He often shares updates from The Christian News Network's Facebook page. The comments meltdown on this partticular story's FB post is worth a look.
Hadn't John Paul II already stated that evolution was compatable with Catholicism?
Wait...I'm confused. Did people live with dinosaurs or did they never exist?
The line between parody and complete idiocy is so fucking thin here....
I'd be tempted to say this is some sort of 'performance art' by an aspiring actor...but in a post-Sarah Palin world, I'm not so sure.
What amuses me about that is that she obviously read what a fossil was and then rather than reading the rest of the article/book she immediately took the internet to share her insane spackle analogy.