On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addressed the 2015 graduating class at Stone Ridge High School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Md.
Channeling his inner Ken Ham, Scalia made a subtle reference to the thoroughly discredited idea of Young-Earth Creationism before 79 students, one of which was his granddaughter. From ThinkProgress:
“‘Class of 2015, you should not leave Stone Ridge High School thinking that you face challenges that are at all, in any important sense, unprecedented,’ Scalia said, adding that ‘Humanity has been around for at least some 5,000 years or so, and I doubt that the basic challenges as confronted are any worse now, or alas even much different, from what they ever were.'”
While it could be said Scalia?didn’t?explicitly state he believes the Earth to be merely 5,000 years old, the remark is still blatantly outrageous. His comment spits in the face of science and history, diminishes our accomplishments as a species, and continues an imbecilic narrative without any sort of factual foundation.
It is estimated that the earliest hominins, the family to which humans belong, lived in Africa around six or seven million years ago, toward the end of the Miocene epoch. Homo sapiens?began to appear around 200,000 years ago, in the Middle Paleolithic period, ultimately evolving into the falsehood-peddling group we see before us today.
I could be wrong, but I’m sure I’m pretty sure 200,000 is higher than 5,000.
For Scalia’s comment to have a shred of truth within it, then humanity did not come to exist until the beginning of the Bronze Age. I guess Otzi the Iceman must have been killed before there were even people to kill him.?Perhaps no one actually invented the wheel or discovered how to be agriculturally self-reliant. It always existed and we’ve always known. Apparently, Mesopotamian cultures existed before there were people to start them.
I suppose it’s only mere coincidence that 5,000 years ago was about the time humans first began writing? After all, the Bible is a book.