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Teach The Controversy - Creationism and Darwinism in Public Education
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."
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.
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
- Continental drift
- Population biology
- Genetic recombination
- Modern evolutionary synthesis
- Quantum evolution
- DNA structure
- Social biology
- Human genome
"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