I heard this on Morning Edition as I was getting ready for work …
Florida’s legislature is working out the details of a bill that would either allow or require science teachers to present students with alternatives to the theory of evolution. It could signal a new opening in the perennial battle over evolution in public schools.
The thing that gets me the most is the term “academic freedom”. Freedom to do what? Teach lies? Proselytize their religion?
Don’t get me wrong … if someone can come up with an alternative theory to explain how life came to be the way it is, I’m all for it. But that theory has to be based in science, lacking any super-natural involvement, and be peer reviewed by reputable research organizations.
“Intelligent Design” is nothing more, and nothing less, than creationism. It’s based on biblical texts and has no basis whatsoever in science. Thus, it has absolutely no place in public schools.
The thing that gets me the most is the number of people who, on other topics, are the most logical, level headed, intelligent, people I know. But when it comes to things like Evolution vs. Creationism, they throw all that logic and intelligence out the window.
- Do they have an inferiority complex?
- Does the idea that humans and apes share a common ancestor somehow denigrate them as a human being?
- Is the idea that, because their holy book is wrong on a specific topic, the book is totally wrong and doesn’t merit study and consideration?
The odd thing is, most mainstream religious organizations have actually endorsed Evolution. Even the Vatican has weighed in on it …
The Vatican’s chief astronomer said Friday that “intelligent design” isn’t science and doesn’t belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.
So what’s the problem folks? Let’s view the bible for what it is … a book that tries to tell a morality story and not a reference text.