Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Who needs real science when a myth will do

A remarkable new genetic study published last week has demonstrated that the closest living relative of the giant T. rex are birds — specifically, chickens and ostriches — rather than reptiles like alligators and lizards.

Friday's study also creates some problems for political activists who continue their assault on the teaching of Darwinian evolution in public schools. Actor and game show host Ben Stein was in Missouri this month to promote a new film that questions evolution.

Apparently expecting public schools to teach 'real science' and not theology as science is asking too much.

Once again this year, a bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would encourage students to question evolution. House Bill 2554, sponsored by Rep. Robert Wayne Cooper, R-Camdenton, claims to support academic freedom for teachers, and to help students "develop critical thinking skills." Those are the latest fig leaves used by creationists in their long war against science and evolution.

The war is being waged in legislatures and movie theaters because it cannot be waged in the pages of scientific journals. Adherents of so-called intelligent design criticize what they call gaps in the evolutionary record, but offer no scientific alternative to explain the evidence. Indeed, they have tried to redefine the very nature of science to accommodate their preferred conclusion.

If you want to give a creationist heartburn just ask them about Genesis Chapter 6, Verses 1-4 (King James)
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Since the creationist whole argument is based on the belief that we MUST take the biblical account of creation as TRUTH then why don't they insist that everything in the bible is TRUE. It's in the BIBLE that GOD had many sons and that they took human women for wives, therefore it must be true following the creationist logic. The fact that it sounds a bit like the Greek myths (Zeus was forever sleeping with some poor human girl that his wife Hera then 'punished' for catching her husbands eye.), is irrelevant it's in the Bible. And never mind that it contradicts the new testaments claim that Jesus is God's only begotten son, I am sure the creationist can find a way around it, no matter how illogical.

If that doesn't stop them in their tracks you can always bring up the fact that there are numerous creation and flood myths. It seems reasonable that if we are going to teach one religions creation myth as science we should teach all the creation and flood myths as SCIENCE. After all who needs real SCIENCE when a myth will do.

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