I am sorry you thought I'm a troll, appearing to be baiting by a misguided soul. This is a risk I was willing to take. Of course, I could throw my credentials here, post link to my articles, etc... but I prefer not doing that. Thinking certain people are stupid is not something I can easily change, but I could keep trying.
I grew up with reading science fiction, and I'm also a space enthusiast. I enjoy spending my time at night, watching the Moon or Saturn with my telescope, or just looking at meteor showers. I see the planets for what they are, and I dream of going there, seeing the distant worlds billions of kilometers away!!!
That's why it's so hard to accept there are people who insist that our Universe is small, that the stars are just tiny dots projected on the firm dome, and that NASA is an evil agency trying to break the firmament.
In my view it's deeply offensive: not just to me, who's amazed by how big and awesome is our Universe, but also to God.
It's like putting God into a box, trying to make him look smaller.
But now I ought to give some answers. Someone asked whether those people who I refer to are really low IQ, in the sense of mentally retarded. No, it's not like that. They're married, they have jobs and in certain areas in my life are even better than me (for example, they can speak English better than me and translate spoken words in real time, which I can't do - I saw that last Sunday when they had to translate the sermon of a foreign pastor).
Which is even more frustrating!!! How could people show such disinterest or even disrespect to science? How could they dare think that science is a rebellion against God? How could they embrace Biblical literalism in the worst form?
This goes beyond my comprehension. I don't understand.
I just don't get it...