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Why does America tolerate claims that Noah's Ark is factual?

Genesis contains many creationist myths, including the story of Noah's Ark. This story is promoted by fundamentalists as geuinely factual, and thyey force it on to children. But anyone with a small knowledge of science can see that it is complete, undiluted nonsense and 100% disproved by the facts.

So why do we tolerate this primitive mythology as 'fact'? Why isn't America howling with laughter and anger at these ridiculous claims?

Is the moon made of cheese? Do storks deliver babies? Is The Earth flat?

Why is American society incapable of simply slapping this nonsense down? It is currently reaching half way up the steps of the Whitehouse, and yet we simply stay quiet and talk about 'tolerance'.

What is going on? 

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You don't REALLY know that it is mythological. You believe that it is mythological because you put your faith in what you consider to be "scientific" proof.

Science cannot prove that the Genesis accounts are not true. It can give evidence that might point in a certain direction and might be believed by many.

There are many kinds of faith. Faith in science is just one of them.

It is irrefutable that science cannot explain everything, like the true origin of the unverse (where did the material for the Big Bang come from--science cannot answer that).

Science has its uses and is fascinating. It is not the ultimate answer to anything. It is a tool.

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Here's a popular science lecture by Lawrence Krauss, a distinguished astro-physicist, on the origins of the universe.

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I find it interesting that you and many of the above posters have used the word "tolerate". To me that word answers your question. American society is built on the ideals (in not the reality) of freedom and equality. PARTICULARLY freedom of  religion, speech and press. We "tolerate" any beliefs because none of us would want our rights to freely believe and speak about these beliefs infringed upon. None of us has the right to infringe upon anothers beliefs, as long as they are not hurting anyone. I do not want any sort of religious theory taught to children in public schools as facts, whether I believe them or not. It infringes upon my right to teach my children to believe as I see fit. Children need to learn about as many religions and systems of beliefs as they can in school, so they can understand the differences amongst us. That does not mean that any public institiution should be forcing any belief on any American. It also means you do not have the right to take away my beliefs and my right to believe them.

I find it interesting that everyone seems to think they are right, but the only right answer is that we all have the right to believe what we want and not force it upon anyone else.

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As a youth, I was versed by a Presbyterian minister who believed in a combination of creationism and religious theory. He believed that the "seven days" in which God created the world were merely stages of time, and that life developed slowly over millions of years. It is not impossible to believe in both the scientific theory of creation as well as The Bible's version. Unlike many fundamental Christians, I don't take every word in The Bible literally, just as I don't believe every single theory presented by scientists. To ridicule all Christians for their faith is just as shortsighted as your own belief that the story of the Great Flood could not possibly have happened.

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I wonder what you would recommend.  What's the alternative to "tolerating" it?  Do we ban people from teaching their children that Noah's Ark was a real thing and that the flood really happened?  Short of that, what are we supposed to do?  We already teach evolution in schools and there is no mention of the alleged flood.  So I'm just wondering what you think should be done.

As to why people still believe, I think it's partly political.  We're so split between left and right today that I think people will automatically discount anything that the other side believes.  This helps push people on the right to believe in things simply because the left is so strongly opposed.

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