Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon who is running for president, made waves this week when he denied evolutionary “science” and affirmed “creationism” in an interview. The response to Carson has been culturally revealing. He was immediately labeled some kind of religious zealot and castigated for disagreeing with the so-called “scientific consensus”.
Back in 2008, the film “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” persuasively contended the mainstream science establishment suppresses academics who believe they see evidence of intelligent design in nature and who criticize evidence supporting Darwinian evolution and the modern evolutionary synthesis as a "scientific conspiracy to keep God out of the nation's laboratories and classrooms.” No matter your position on creationism (or intelligent design), before you buy the so-called “scientific consensus” Carson is getting mocked for criticizing, see that film and do some reading on how modern origins studies are being conducted, and by whom.
As for Carson getting ridiculed because he is some stripe of creationist, I think he’s pretty qualified to give an analysis. Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics, and he was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At age 33, he became the youngest major division director in the hospital's history as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center. He specialized in traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, achondroplasia, neurological and congenital disorders, craniosynostosis, epilepsy, and trigeminal neuralgia. Furthermore, several scientific organizations and fellowships have given him awards and inducted them in to their halls of fame, not to mention he has 38 honorary doctorates for his contributions to modern brain surgery. See his full Wiki page here.
Oh, I don’t know, I think he’s probably qualified to critique the “scientific consensus” on most things.
The fact a man like Carson is getting attacked about this matter of origins, reveals how strong the suppression of true scientific work and discovery has become today. No one will benefit from the way things are in this arena.