Dubya says that intelligent design theory should be taught to children in US schools because he believes that our children ought to be exposed to different ideas.
He told that to a round-table of Texas reporters from the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Austin American-Statesman.
Well I have no problem with that. I have no issue with exposing our children to different ideas.
I just have a problem with them teaching intelligent design theory in science class.
I have no objection whatsoever to teaching it in “theology” class.
For the record, I am also against teaching how to cook an apple pie in Algebra as well as having kids doing push ups and running laps in AP Literature.
I understand that Dubya’s voting base are made up of, in large part, Jesus freaks that would rather your children were taught to believe that the Sun revolves around the earth.
They probably think it is inconsequential whether the Sun revolves around the earth or the earth resolves around the Sun.
It neither warms their stomachs nor cooks their bread.
I understand that the Jesus freak contingency believes that evolution fails miserably to explain how complex life forms come to exist, but what I don’t get is how “God created man out of a mound of dirt and blew up its nose” doesn’t?
How does that cover all the scientific questions about the complexity of life?
In fact, intelligent design or creationism doesn’t explain anything at all scientifically.
It just tells you what the Bible says.
That isn’t scientific. That isn’t a process by which a hypothesis is tested and conclusions are reached by examining data.
That is opening a book and reading back to me what it says.
Bush claims that he wants them both taught in US schools so that people can understand what the debate is about.
If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about his constituents then I don’t know what will.
Who out there doesn’t know what this debate is about?
The National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have said what I have been saying in every single article I have ever written on this subject.
"The claim that equity demands balanced treatment of evolutionary theory and special creation in science classrooms reflects a misunderstanding of what science is and how it is conducted," the academy said in a 1999 assessment. "Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science."
In a nutshell, creationism isn’t science.
"The fact is that a significant number of scientists are extremely skeptical that Darwinian evolution can explain the origins of life," John West, associate director of the organization's Center for Science and Culture, said in a prepared statement.
I am so tired of Christians always pointing to the skepticism of scientists as a weakness in scientific theory.
Of course, scientists are skeptical. That is what pushes them to find answers. That is why they are scientists and not Jesus freaks and vice versa.
If Jesus freaks were scientists, they would read those first three paragraphs in Genesis and the most glaring question sitting right there on that page would be jumping off the page and kicking them in the forehead, every time they read it.
1 First God made heaven & earth 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day..
First of all, where did God come from? It couldn’t be heaven. That wasn’t even made yet. He is just this "it" in a void, in the dark, just sitting there. But where did he come from? Who are his parents? A scientist would ask, “Who is this guy who just says “let’ there be light” and there was light?”
More importantly, who was he speaking to? Who was he telling to go get me some light?
Those questions don’t even come up in Christianity, that is how scientific they are.
Do you think there is a scientists anywhere on the earth that would walk into his office one morning and find a purple Gorilla sitting on his desk, telling him about the origin of life on this planet, how the moon and stars came about and how everything on this planet works and he would not ask, “where the hell did you come from? And why are you sitting on my desk, who taught you how to speak and where is my camera?”