Blake Griffin Explains His Creationist Views: 'Ninety Percent Of Oklahoma, They'd Agree'
It's not news that Blake Griffin believes in creationism "for sure," and that humans were put on Earth by God about 6,000 years ago, more or less, because he doesn't want to "do the math." It's the one thing we don't quite "get" about Griffin, but that's okay, because there's usually nothing to "get" about that argument.
But in a new GQ interview, released today, Griffin was asked to explain his views on creationism a little further.
Were you surprised at the reaction when you said recently that you believed in creationism?
Yeah, I was a little bit—just because, like, if you said you believe in evolution, I'm not gonna be like, "You fucking idiot!" [laughs] You know what I mean? I'm just gonna kind of be like, "That's whatever."
Well... maybe because evolution has scientific basis, while creationism is just... a feeling some people have. It would be difficult to call someone who "believes" in evolution a fucking idiot, since they have what's called "proof" to back them up.
Do you believe in science?
I believe in science. I believe in all of that. I just... Honestly, when I'm at the beach and I'm looking at the ocean, I'm looking at the mountains and the sun is setting, I'm seeing people running up and down, laughing, having fun, I'm like, "This had to be created. This is created." And that's my personal thing.
So it's not an elaborate theory about, "Okay, man and dinosaurs were both here at the same time on this particular date...."
I might not have put thought into it, honestly. [laughs] I just kind of like, oh, yeah, creationism, that sounds good! But I guess I never really put so much thought into it, because I never thought that people would be pissed or really make me think twice about it. If you ask like 90 percent of the people in Oklahoma, they'd agree. And then when you get to coasts, it's very, very different. And a lot of people are very closed-minded when it comes to things like that, and don't—I don't want to say closed-minded, but it's their way or the highway. And it's unfortunate that people on both sides are very closed-minded about it. Because there are religious people who are very closed-minded to a lot of things that aren't necessarily right, in my opinion. So it's on both sides.
First of all, if someone follows up with "Do you believe in science?" then you're probably in trouble. That being said, again, it's hard to argue with someone about their feelings. As they say, "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into."
And you know what? According to a whole lot of people, Griffin isn't wrong: A Gallup poll released just this year shows that 42 percent of the U.S. agrees with the idea that God created humans just as they are. It probably has something to do with where he's from. From Gallup:
Residents in the South are more likely to believe in the creationist view of the origin of humans than are those living in other regions, making it clear why the fights to have creationism addressed in the public schools might be an important political issue in that region.
Still, few scientists would agree that humans were created pretty much in their present form at one time 10,000 years ago, underscoring the ongoing discontinuity between the beliefs that many Americans hold and the general scientific consensus on this important issue.
And here am I, someone from a coast, disparaging Griffin's viewpoint with my close-mindedness. He called it.
Now, the interview was wide-ranging a dealt with much less controversial and much more fun topics, like Donald Sterling and how Griffin will be "done" with basketball once he retires, so go read the whole thing. But we can't be the only ones left with an awkward taste in our mouths after this one. What does awkward taste like to you, by the way? Just curious.
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