Creationist Group Answers in Genesis has fired back against secular bloggers criticizing its coverage of the "Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey" television series, which the group says is an attempt to present an atheistic view of the universe.
"Secularists critique (often with ad hominem attacks) just about everything we write about at AiG. But because we dared write detailed (and well-thought-out and researched) reviews of the ardently atheistic evolutionary Cosmos TV series they're so enamored by, they make all sorts of false accusations," AiG's Ken Ham, who is also the president and CEO of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, wrote in an article on Wednesday.
"Cosmos," which was presented by astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, was a recent 13-part show based on the Carl Sagan 1980 series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," featured both by Fox and the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. Its final episode aired on Sunday.
Tyson has said that the show set out to convey the importance of science for every person and for society.
AiG, which supports a literal interpretation of the creation account in the Bible, reviewed episodes of the show and accused it of promoting evolution.
The reviews were noted by some secular websites, such as the Skepticblog, which wrote:
"A measure of the effectiveness and reach of 'Cosmos' came from the non-stop attacks from the creationist and right-wing community. The Discovery Institute ID creationist site savaged nearly every episode, as did Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis site, and numerous other creationist and climate-denier outlets."
The blog also accused AiG of ignoring other evolutionary TV shows like "Your Inner Fish," but Ham stated that this is false, and linked to a review of the program.
"Well, the above quote is just another false statement in the continued attempts by many secularists to make out that we are so worried by the Cosmos series, and that we supposedly ignore other evolutionary TV programs like Your Inner Fish. And of course note the 'climate-denier' and 'anti-science' statements, added just to put in some emotional hype for their followers who are so eager to reject whatever we write before we even post or print it," Ham wrote.
AiG has taken issue with the presentations in "Cosmos" since the program first started airing in March, arguing that it promotes a "blind faith" in evolution.
"'Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,' if the first segment is any indication, will attempt to package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science," wrote Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on the AiG blog.
"We hope that future segments will spend more time showing actual scientific observations-such as the brief part of this episode showing where earth is in relation to the rest of the universe."
"Cosmos," presented by Twentieth Century FOX Home Entertainment, which was also behind the popular "The Bible" miniseries in 2013, arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, offering all 13 episodes in high definition.