Schweitzer said he needs support from a state Legislature that will help move Montana’s agenda forward, “not people who think the Earth is 4,000 years old.”
Koopman called the comments insulting.
“He insulted many Christian people and other people of faith that arrived at that position other than the way I arrived at it,” he said. ...
Rep. Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman, called Schweitzer’s statement “incredibly bigoted.”
Source: Great Falls Tribune
Is it an insult to dismiss people who think that the sun orbits the Earth? Is it an insult to dismiss people who think that evil spirits cause disease and that the cure must be found through prayer? I suppose it will seem insulting to such people but the fact is that in many circumstances such people do have to be dismissed. They have adopted a position which is completely at odds with science and reality. Their judgment and reasoning have to be treated with a great deal of caution.
The same is true for people who cannot accept the abundant historical, geological, physical, and other evidence which provide beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Earth is far older than just 4,000 years. Either they don't know how to examine and understand the clear evidence that exists or they do know how but refuse to do so in order to preserve their religious ideology.