Haley Barbour and “The Genesis Code”

There’s a new creationist movie floating around out there. You can visit the film’s website and see a trailer here: The Genesis Code.

The film promotes old-earth creationism, and for that reason it’s been criticized by Answers in Genesis in this review from a few months ago. They say:

Even though the film’s producer has an anti-evolution message, the producer’s real take-home message is that, when science and faith are in conflict regarding the age of the universe, the Bible is what must be adjusted. Unfortunately, because the film features Academy Award-winning actors like Louise Fletcher and Ernest Borgnine — plus the well-known actor, former presidential aspirant, and U.S. Senator Fred Thompson — this film might garner some national attention and present a compromised message to unwary moviegoers than what might otherwise be expected.

Why are we bothering to tell you about this wretched film? Because Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi and possible GOP candidate for President in 2012, has embraced the movie. At the website Roll Call we read: Haley Barbour Hosting N.H. ‘Dinner and Date Night’ Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Lest there be any doubt that Haley Barbour (R) is taking a serious look at the presidency, Roll Call has learned that the Mississippi governor will be offering free food to prospective supporters in New Hampshire later in the month.

That’s nice, but is Barbour a creationist? Let’s read on:

The “free dinner and date night,” to be co-hosted by the local conservative think tank Cornerstone, begins with dinner at the Puritan restaurant in Manchester the evening of Feb. 26.

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The party will then move to the Cinemagic Theater in Hooksett for a 9:30 p.m. showing of “The Genesis Code,” a movie that examines creationism and caught fire with cultural conservatives late last month. Republican operatives hosted viewing parties in New Hampshire and Iowa at that time.

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle made headlines by attending the Iowa premiere. And she’s also slated to visit New Hampshire to promote the movie at the same Hooksett theater the day before Barbour’s visit.

It looks like a convergence of kooks. This is unsettling news for your Curmudgeon. We always liked Haley Barbour. But it wasn’t until now that we were certain of his silly side. Well, at least now we have the answer to a question we posed in an earlier post: Is Haley Barbour A Creationist? The answer is “Yes.”

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7 responses to “Haley Barbour and “The Genesis Code”

  1. What a surprise, it’s a film with historical revisionism. Conflict between faith and religion began with Darwin. Uh-huh. Never heard of Galileo?

    The fact is that Darwin was more or less the end of the process of science explaining what religion used to explain, which is why creationists won’t let go of the issue. They can’t accept that they lost. So although they’ll accept Galileo, they’ll not accept Darwin, because they have to destroy at least some knowledge to preserve faith.

    It’s Pravda, not truth.

    I wouldn’t say that the Bible can’t be true. But it can’t be true as they insist that it must be interpreted.

  2. Will they be allowing homosexual couples at the ‘date night’?

  3. For those who may be wondering about ogremkv, we think he’s referring to this: Attempted Crashing of “Date Night” at the Creation Museum.

  4. Republican’s are getting pretty daring here…offering both a free dinner and a date. Maybe the free dinner wasn’t considered sufficient to get people to sit through the movie.

    To ogtrmkv’s point, I wonder if gay and lesbian attendees get corresponding gay or lesbian dates – that would be really progressive.

    I wonder also if Kentucky’s governor might attend?

  5. comradebillyboy

    Are there any elected Republicans who are willing to deny being creationists? To be somewhat fair I must admit that our newly elected Republican governor here in New Mexico has yet to show any theocratic tendencies and actually appears to be a serious person. Probably doesn’t push biblical creation because she is a roman catholic (I used to be one of those), a religion that pays minimal attention to the old testament. Despite the fact that the Roman Catholic Church dogma is fully accepting of evolutionary theory, many catholics are even less progressive than their church.

  6. retiredsciguy

    comradebillyboy asks, “Are there any elected Republicans who are willing to deny being creationists?”

    Yeah — our Gov in Indiana, Mitch Daniels. He had the timerity to say Republicans should call a truce in the Culture Wars if they want to get elected at the national level. He’s been lambasted by the Culture Warriors ever since.

    He may be running for Prez in 2012; I hope so. He’s actually sane.

  7. comradebillyboy: “Are there any elected Republicans who are willing to deny being creationists?”

    The problem is that no one asks, and everyone ass-u-mes. Of course politicians – and that includes many Democrats – will advocate what ~75% of voters, even many who accept evolution, think is fair.

    The perfect questions for Barbour, which I sadly expect no one to ask, is that, given his endorsement of an “OEC” film, whether he thinks that the evidence falsifies YEC and old-earth-young-life creationism, and whether he agrees with those OECs who accept common descent. If he evades or plays dumb, we’ll know that he’s at least partly in on the scam. If he’s cooperative, then we’ll have a chance to either change his mind, or at least make him want to avoid the issue in the future.