Taken from American Fascists.
Chris Hedges on Creationism:
"The danger of creationism is not that it allows followers to retreat into a world of certainty and magic - which it does - but that it allows all facts to be accepted or discarded according to the dictates of a preordained ideology. Creationism removes the follower from the rational, reality based world. Signs, miracles, and wonders occur not only in the daily life of Christians, but also in history, science, medicine and logic. This belief system becomes the basis for understanding the world, and random facts or data are collected and made to fit into the belief system. If facts can't be made to fit, they are discarded or treated as misguided opinions.
"When facts are treated as if they were opinions, when there is no universal standard by which to determine truth in law, in science, in scholarship or in the reporting of the events of the day, the world becomes a place where lies become true, where people can believe what they want to believe, where there is no possibility of reaching any conclusion not predetermined by those who interpret the official, divinely inspired text."