Sunday, November 07, 2004

Creationism is not science 

This kind of thing is just sad:

GRANTSBURG, Wisconsin (AP) -- School officials have revised the science curriculum to allow the teaching of creationism, prompting an outcry from more than 300 educators who urged that the decision be reversed.

Members of Grantsburg's school board believed that a state law governing the teaching of evolution was too restrictive. The science curriculum "should not be totally inclusive of just one scientific theory," said Joni Burgin, superintendent of the district of 1,000 students in northwest Wisconsin.
One scientific theory? There is only one scientific theory out there. Creationism is certainly not it.

A scientific theory is an idea which is backed up by empirical evidence. Evolution certainly fits that description. Who can rationally argue that there is NOT an incredible fossil record, of plants and animals as well as hominids? That this record points to slow and steady changes leading to the world we see today? Nobody can, except for the "God put the fossils there to test our faith" crowd, and who has the patience to rationalize with them? These same people believe that the whole universe is four thousand years old, not 14 billion.

Science is science and religion is religion. Sometimes the two can intersect in interesting ways. Einstein himself made frequent references to God while puzzling about the nature of the universe. But he didn't consult religious texts to formulate his theories of relativity. He studied cold, hard, observable facts.

Creationism is not a cold, hard, observable fact. It's a story in a book, written by men in ancient times who did not know what we know today. They were doing the best they could to answer the question of how we got here.

They were wrong, and this school in Wisconsin is wrong.

One last thing: I find it a little funny to note that this happened in one of those smarter-than-the-rest-of-America "blue states."
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