Tuesday, November 09, 2004

God spelled backwards is Dog...You Christians should think about that

Currently there is a lawsuit underway in Georgia, right near where I used to live. It seems that a group of parents were distressed by the idea of the school system requiring that the Theory of Evolution be taught as a part of the standard curriculum. The Parents, after consulting with a lawyer and understanding that because of a Supreme Court ruling, could not strike evolution from their local classrooms did what any good Christian group would have done…they filed a lawsuit.

This suit was to have a disclaimer put in the science books just before the chapter dealing with evolution. Also they want the idea of Creationism or Intelligent Design taught along side Evolution.
The sticker looks like this:
"This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically examined."
Now the science head of Cobb county schools is filing a counter suit to get the stickers removed. He feels, as do many of his colleagues that the stickers detract from the Theory and open up classrooms as a forum for kids who want to argue the merits of Evolution. They feel that these Christians are singling out Evolution as a weaker theory than others that are taught. And they will not teach either Creationism or Intelligent Design.
Why can’t Christians keep their beliefs at home or in Church where they belong? Why can’t they just accept that science will be taught in places of unbiased learning, while beliefs in an un-provable, un-testable, faith should be taught in churches. It offends me that there are people out there who actually believe that God made everything how it is now. There are people who will tell you that the Earth is only ten thousand years old. Why, would they say this? They think that if you read the bible that is how many generations have passed from Adam and Eve. They will say this in the face of evidence like the geologic time table, carbon 14 dating, and Archaeological finds. Christians have to keep re-interpreting the bible to conform to provable science. There are Christian groups that even contradict each other on this concept. I just hate when people attack something that advances our understanding of the world around us. Religion has always had to take a backseat to science. If you are curious to see a movie that is basically about the whole issue in Cobb county lawsuit watch “Inherit the Wind”. Also I would refer you to the latest issue of National Geographic, whose cover story is all about the Theory of Evolution.


Brian said...

I heard about this on WUWF sometime yesterday or Monday.

I think its ridiculous that some Christians are being so zealous. Evolution happens. Over time. Our bodies adjust to changing conditions, ecosystems adjust to their environment. Its everywhere.

And come on. Does anyone really think that Adam and Eve looked exactly as we do today? And even if you do believe that, how do you explain the various features of people from different areas of the world?


Your New Sleeping Aid said...

Oh dear oh dear. So many things to say, yet this is just a comment. First of all, dude. That sticker had more to say it included this: "...moreover, when reading this book, be aware that references to the earth will include it being condidered 'round'."
You need to read Angels and Demons. Its a spot-on illustration of the fight between church and science.
In Kansas, after a repeal of Evolution, this bumper sticker could be found: Kansas: Where evolution is banned and creation is taught by monkey's.

Mad Mike said...

Quote "Why can’t they just accept that science will be taught in places of unbiased learning"

To keep it short I wouldn't use the term unbaised learning. If you think that public or private schools are unbias your crazy. Its a system to brainwash little kids minds into believing that America is the best shit since sliced bread. Just read a history textbook that says the American Indians were "relocated"...err I mean slaughtered by the millions, that little info is left out. Or how about how who discovered America, Columbus, I doubt it. This is a small example of bias in our schools. Check out this book for example, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0684818868/002-5829408-9090413?v=glance

It's a good start.