Twitter was abuzz yesterday after MSM reports that John Banks had made a statement about the basis of his Christian faith. The Herald reports:
Associate Education Minister John Banks says he believes the Genesis account of the start of life on Earth.According to the Bible, God made the world in six days, with Adam and Eve being his last act of creation.John Banks told Radio Rhema that he has no doubts the first chapters of Genesis are true.
Those who were mocking Banks for his revelation included MP's, among them Trevor Mallard and Mojo Mathers. Whatever happened to religious freedom? And there was a general overtone that Banks was going to use his position as Associate Education Minister to ram his beliefs down the throats of the children of New Zealand.
Except that he isn't, and has in fact specifically ruled that out; read on:
"That's what I believe, but I'm not going to impose my beliefs on other people, especially in this post-Christian society that we live in, especially in these lamentable times.''"There are reactionaries out there, humanists in particular, that overrun the bureaucracies in Wellington and state education.''
So apart from another opportunity to put the political boot into John Banks, what is the actual issue here? And are those who delight in accusing John Banks of bigotry actually no better than he is?