Teach The Controversy - Creationism and Darwinism in Public Education

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Creationism just won't go away

"I support intelligent design," Michele Bachmann told reporters "What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don't think it's a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides."

Ummm hold on there wicca lady, ID isn’t science, it’s religion. It was even ruled to be religion by a judge — a conservative Republican judge — so teaching it would be in violation of the Constitution that Representative Bachmann is sworn to uphold!
Now here is former front runner Rick Perry:

"I hear your mom was asking about evolution," Perry said today. "That's a theory that is out there -- and it's got some gaps in it."

And current GOP front runner:

"What we should be teaching are the problems and holes and I think there are legitimate problems and holes in the theory of evolution. And what we need to do is to present those fairly from a scientific point of view. And we should lay out areas in which the evidence supports evolution and the areas in the evidence that does not."

Rick Santorum

Unfortunately for Rick "I'm a caveman" Santorum, there is no evidence for creationism because it is make believe. And of by the way, the earth does revolve around the sun, despite what the bible might say.

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Like the cockroach, creationism and the desire for Christian zeolots to push creationism in public schools just won't die. We had the Scopes Monkey Trial (watch "Inherit the Wind" for an excellent dramatization of this classic case of evolution on trial) in the past and more recently the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case where ID proponents tried to slip creationism into the schools. In that case Judge John E. Jones IIIconcluded that intelligent design is not science and intelligent design proponents were left with only the "Teach the Controversy" strategy. They call it their "wedge" weapon to be used to try to drive a wedge into the theory of evolution and somehow weaken it by claiming it is controversial. The reality is that evolution is not controversial in the fields of real science. If anything discovery after discovery has done nothing but strengthen Charles Darwin's original theories.

"Teach The Controvery"

"Teach the Controversy" is the latest idea from the Discovery Institute to promote intelligent design in public classrooms. ID is a variant of traditional creationism in which everything on earth was created in seven days by a supernatural being. Despite no scientific evidence behind ID or creationism and constant reinforcement of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution over the past hundred and fifty years, "Teach the Controversy" seeks to have schools present ID as if it were a valid alternative to evolution.

Little do the "Teach the Controversy" folks realize is that once a unfounded alternative theory is allowed to stand shoulder to shoulder with actual real theories that have actual evidence and peer review, then we might as well let in all of the hair brain theories. We might as well shut down the public schools at that point since we'll be taking so much time discussing any baseless urban legends, myths, and every nut ball theory one finds on the Internet.

Origin of the Species Gets Better with Time

Some discoveries that strengthened evolution and added to its understanding since Darwin:

  • Fossil record
  • Carbon dating
  • Mendelian genetics
  • Chromosomes
  • Continental drift
  • Population biology
  • Genetic recombination
  • Modern evolutionary synthesis
  • Specialization
  • DNA
  • Quantum evolution
  • DNA structure
  • Social biology
  • Genes
  • Homeboxes
  • Human genome

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"Teach the Controversy" Leaving the door open for all sorts of unfounded ideas

  • The moon landing was faked
  • Satan buried dinosaur bones to confuse our faith
  • Haiti deserved the earthquake because it made a pact with the devil
  • Humans and dinosaurs co existed
  • Aliens built the pyramids
  • The sun revolves around the earth
  • Babies are delivered by storks
  • The earth is only 6,000 years old
  • Perpetual Motion machines are possible
  • The moon is made of cheese
  • The earth is flat
  • Women are made from Adam's rib
  • Balancing the four humors is the secret to health
  • Blood letting cures all
  • There is one true religion
  • The fact unicorn's are invisible proves they are real
  • Elvis lives
  • Mind reading is just a matter of trying harder
  • Santa, Leprechauns, Tooth Fairy etc.
  • Gay is all in your head
  • Masons rule the world
  • The CIA blew up the twin towers
  • Obama was not born in the US
  • Tea Party is not just another word for racists
  • The US is a Christian nation

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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi:)

I wrote, in one of my hubs, that giving creationism equal weight to the science of evolution would be like giving 'Thor's Hammer' equal weight to the science of thunder and lightning.

People should be free to accept and reject whatever they wish ~ and I actually wouldn't have a problem with kids being told that some people reject scientific discoveries in favour of their religious beliefs ~ but those beliefs should not be taught, as science, in a science lesson.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Nice hub! I had a bet going with my son that some religious nut would blame the earthquakes in Haiti on voodoo. I won. Pat Robertson was the kook, and it only took him a few hours to blame the Haitian people for their "pact with the devil."


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

Trish_M - I think people should learn as much as they can about everything they are interested. Learn about other religions and beliefs just don't take up precious science classroom time on the supernatural.

If you open up science teaching to belief better be prepared to teach a non-ending list of beliefs. Better to keep it in English class with the Greek and Roman Myths.


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

Jean - I wonder what Pat's thoughts are on the tornado which recently hit the bible belt? Surely the people who died were praying just as hard as the people who survived.


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Titen-Sxull 5 years ago from back in the lab again

Great hub peanutroaster, not just informative but pretty funny too. I've found it kind of strange that Creationism has made it as far as it has, most of the other "out there" ideas are dismissed without a second thought. My guess is that Evolution is the one idea that messes with the ego of those caught in the delusion that we are divinely created.


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

Titen-Sxull - Thanks for the comment. Most who dismiss evolution outright have never actually read anything about it. They simply shut off the reasoning part of their brains.


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

fred allen - "Creation scientist" is make believe.


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

no less than evolutionary science. Observational science is what I believe in. It supports "each brings forth after it's own kind".


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Titen-Sxull 5 years ago from back in the lab again

Well Fred than you'll be excited to know that Evolution has been directly observed numerous times.

http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-speciation.htm...


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

Fred, that is called Intelligent Design which is a Trojan horse for "poof poof" creationism.

Evolution is ongoing and observable. It can be observed in the fossil record, in today's animals (for example why do whales still have hip bones?) and in antibiotic resistant super bugs.


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Jeff Berndt 5 years ago from Southeast Michigan

A litmus test for how much a creationist or ID-supporter really values scientific thinking is to ask them, "So who created God?"

I mean, if a complex system has to have a creator, and God created the Universe, well, doesn't it follow that God is pretty darn complex, and therefore must have had a creator in His turn? Most of the time you'll get an answer along the lines of "It's turtles all the way down."

ID isn't science. It might be true, who knows? But it isn't scientific and it doesn't belong in Science class.


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

Jeff Berndt - If a complex system has to have a creator then wouldn't mean the creator is even more complex? If so then what would the origin of such a complex being be?


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Jeff Berndt 5 years ago from Southeast Michigan

"If a complex system has to have a creator then wouldn't mean the creator is even more complex? If so then what would the origin of such a complex being be?"

Exactly. The ID folks can't answer this, as the logical answer has to be some kind of infinite series of Uber-Creator followed by Uber-uber-Creator followed by.... But since the ID folks are just Christian evangelists in scientists' clothing, they generally don't like that line of questioning. They answer that the original Creator didn't need to be Created (which is a sort of Steady-State theory--never mind that it's already been abandoned by science), or they get angry at the asker's impiety.

I don't consider "Who created the Creator?" to be an impertinent question. I mean, by the ID logic, the Creator couldn't have just poofed into existence any more than the Universe could.


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

The second favorite thing of these Christian Nationalist (people trying to re-right American history) is school vouchures. If they can't get the public schools to teach the Christian faith directly then they at least want to funnel public funds to Christian private schools.


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

New Hampshire is becoming the New Texas - new pro-ID, pro-woo woo, anti science/reason legislation has recently been introduced.

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