New Zealand’s Associate Education Minister is a Creationist

In New Zealand, the Associate Education Minister John Banks just made a frightening revelation:

He’s a Creationist.

John Banks (Getty Images)

… he believes the Genesis account of the start of life on Earth.

According to the Bible, God made the world in six days, with Adam and Eve being his last act of creation.

“That’s what I believe, but I’m not going to impose my beliefs on other people, especially in this post-Christian society that we live in, especially in these lamentable times.”

“There are reactionaries out there, humanists in particular, that overrun the bureaucracies in Wellington and state education.”

Let’s hope he doesn’t impose his will on the students. Because the “reactionaries” he’s worried about appear to be the people who actually understand science.

It raises another question, too: Should Creationists be barred from holding such important posts? If he keeps his views out of his educational policies, I don’t really care what he believes. At least in America, though, people seem incapable of keeping their errant religious views out of their politics.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to the interview where Banks makes these claims, but if you hear anything interesting, leave the timestamp/summary in the comments.

(Thanks to Sam for the link!)

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