In the above link Glenn Beck starts off by asking, “How many people believe in evolution, in this country?”
Well the US ranks second to last among many European and industrialized nations in terms of public belief in evolution, according to polls conducted in 2007, with only around 40% of Americans saying that they do, though not specifying between naturalistic and theistic evolution. Perhaps not surprising, given that science education in the US is ranked 20th out of 41 nations surveyed.
He then goes on to say “I don’t know why it’s unreasonable to say this. I’m not God, so I don’t know how God creates. I don’t think we came from monkeys”. There’s a couple of reasons why it’s an unreasonable comment to make, not least of all the supposed God he talks about lays out his method of creation in Genesis. A method of course which conflicts with all scientific evidence, but that’s not the most stupid comment he made. “I don’t think we came from monkeys”? C’mon. We have a common ancestor. Nobody, anywhere, ever, except the most wilfully ignorant amongst us ever makes the claim that evolutionary theory states that we come from monkeys. He then asks if evolution just stopped, because he hasn’t seen a half-monkey, half person yet. I won’t steal from all the commenters on the video and say “Have you looked in the mirror?” because that’d be childish, but also stupid. There won’t ever be a half-monkey, half-person chimera because that’s not how common descent works. That’s like saying “How come my cousin isn’t me?”
“There’s no other species that’s developing into half-humans?” No, because we already have humans. Humans filled the evolutionary niche that we were best suited to. Why, ignoring the fact that evolution has no universal progression towards some ultimate ideal, would anything else ever evolve into humans anyway?
He then brings up the old creationist canard that they’ve never found a transitional species that shows the evolution from ape to man. I’d say Sahelanthropus would count, but then he’d say “But where’s the transitional species between that and Orrorin?” and I’d say “Stop being a fucking twat”.
For every transitional species that is found (And all species are transitional species), creationists will claim there’s 2 more gaps to be filled. That which came before, and that which came after. It’s an unwinnable dispute in that regard.
He then goes on, in what I can only assume is some childish mocking way that he thinks scientists talk in, about Lucy, and then says “Yeah well before Lucy they had Piltdown man, which was a hoax!” Well, we also have other fossils that aren’t hoaxes, which kind of makes that point entirely moot. He then says “It’s like global warming”, which I can only assume he thinks is also a hoax, but that’s because he’s stupid.
He finishes his insanely idiotic rant with claiming that if he gets to heaven and God says “Yep, you were a monkey once”, he’d be shocked. I’d be shocked if such a lying cretin as Beck could ever hope to make it to heaven, but I’d be even more shocked if a supposedly omniscient being like God was so stupid as to not understand common descent to the same degree as Beck.
It makes me sad that so many people can listen to and respect such a blithering idiot as Glen Beck, and more so that such people are actually allowed to vote. The only thing I could actually say to Glen Beck if he were to say such things to my face would be the following:
Mr. Beck, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.