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Posted: March 24, 2014

Creationists want time on deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'

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By Jamal Andress

National Geographic's new series, "Cosmos: A Space Odyssey," reportedly made television history as the largest global rollout of a TV series ever.

According to National Geographic, the show aired on 220 channels in 181 countries and 45 different languages. 

But some creationists believe the show lacks balance because it doesn't offer equal airtime to religious fundamentalists. 

"Do they ever give a creationist any time?"

"Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all." (Via The Janet Mefferd Show)

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That was Danny Faulkner of creationist group Answers in Genesis, and he argues that creationists deserve time on the new show. (Via YouTube / Creation Training Initiative)

Answers in Genesis is the same group that help put together the creationist versus evolution debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye the Science Guy. 

But it seems Neil deGrasse Tyson has addressed this issue more than once already. Before the show aired he said this on CNN:

"You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers ... the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it."

He also appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," where he addressed Creationism again:  

"If you don’t know science in the 21st century, just move back to the cave because that’s where we’re going to leave you as we move forward."

Despite the criticism, the show seems to be a success. According to Deadline, the premiere drew 5.8 million viewers and is expecting even higher ratings in the future. 

"Cosmos: A Space Odyssey" is a reboot of the 1980 television series "Cosmos," hosted by the late Carl Sagan.

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