Ken Ham posted this on Facebook this morning:
I have often said that I believe there is a link between the discourse coming from YEC leaders and the growing propensity of Christians to swallow insanely wild conspiracy theories of all kinds if they are founded on a distrust of scientists or the idea that there is a vast global plot to with hold the real scientific evidence from the masses.
Recently I learned some people I used to go to church with are all in with flat earthism and terrain theory (denying that germs exist or cause disease), in addition to YEC, anti-vax stuff, and climate change denial. Also I just found out some colleagues are leaving Mexico because they refuse to comply with the organization’s health care policy which requires vaccinating children for childhood diseases (in compliance with the Mexican government, which doesn’t hand out exemptions for “religious” beliefs like the US)
I’m all for live and let live when it comes to Bible interpretation, but when leaders are normalizing delusional and paranoid thinking, I think it should be challenged because we are seeing the disastrous consequences every day. Christians are leading the charge to elect conspiracy theorists who are pushing for destructive policies. They are actively endangering lives with their suspicion of basic public health recommendations.
Do you all think there is a link between this conspiracy-oriented way of talking about creationist topics and the normalization of conspiracy theories in Christian cirlces? How do you interact when you encounter it?