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Man… I just don’t get how this sort of thing can happen today. Especially not in a relatively developed country.

A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx. The move has alarmed biologists, who say that they were not consulted. – Article

Ironically, I send all of my PCR reactions to the South Korean branch of the DNA sequencing company Macrogen located in Seoul for sequencing…

The campaign was led by the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), which aims to delete the “error” of evolution from textbooks to “correct” students’ views of the world, according to the society’s website. The society says that its members include professors of biology and high-school science teachers.

Who is anyone to personally decide what is or isn’t “error” in the scientific realm, but for the realm of science itself not some group of religious idiots? I’d love to see a list of these ‘professors of biology’ and ‘high-school science teachers’, as well as a list of their IQs.

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They’ve voted to allow creationism to be taught next to evolution in the classroom

An Indiana Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow creationism to be taught in Indiana’s public schools.

The Times of Munster reported that the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee voted 8-2 Wednesday to send the legislation to the full Senate despite pleas from scientists and religious leaders to keep religion out of science classrooms.

The bill allows schools to authorize “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life” and specifically mentions “creation science” as one such theory. Creationism is the belief that the Earth and its creatures were created by a deity.

Purdue University professor of chemistry John Staver told the panel evolution is the only theory of life’s origins that relies on scientific investigations. He says creationism “is unquestionably a statement of a specific religion.”

As Professor Farnsworth said it best in Futurama:

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Professor Richard Dawkins and Sir David Attenborough have scored a victory over creationists after anti-evolution groups try passing creationism off as science in classrooms. (Guardian news article)

Free schools in the UK are state-funded and don’t necessarily have to follow the national curriculum. Creationists have tried abusing this set up in order to get funding from the government to then effectively spend on classes teaching creationism as science. One group is ignorantly called Truth is Science, and encourages teachers to incorporate intelligent design into their science curriculum. It’s also sent free resources to all secondary schools and sixth-form colleges.

Dawkins stated that:

It is clear that some faith schools are ignoring the regulations and are continuing to teach myth as though it were science.

Evolution is fact, supported by evidence from a host of scientific disciplines, and we do a great disservice to our young people if we fail to teach it properly.

However, efforts from Dawkins and Attenborough, alongside the British Humanist Association (BHA) have worked to stifle creationists’ attempts at receiving funding. The Department for Education has now made an amendment to the funding agreement for free schools, which will allow funding to be taken from schools who attempt to teach creationism as science.

 

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Just read this letter to the editor on the Daily News’ website. I just don’t get these sorts of people and their trains of thought at all. I think who ever explained what faith and evidence were to him had them around the wrong way. Sometimes you really wonder whether it’d be easier to teach your pet snake French than get through to these sorts of bible-bopping boobies.

In regard to a letter to the editor Dec. 22 saying evolution is based on fact, what fact?

I have never heard of a fact that proves evolution is anything more than people’s opinion to explain away God. There is nothing scientific about evolution.

Some people have a mindset and say there is no God or anything that is going to tell them they may not be in complete control of this life or destiny.

Maybe if we looked at the sciences of anthropology, archaeology, geology, biology, etc., as well as both secular and Bible history. Maybe we could form our own opinion, without someone else telling us what we believe.

We have been told by teachers and professors, our culture and the media that the world is billions of years old and dinosaurs died out millions of years ago. Just because History Channel or National Geographic says it, that’s no proof.

The complexities of a single cell or strand of DNA and how it can differentiate into a whole organism and how both the living and nonliving systems are so interrelated should prove to anyone with an average intelligence that there is a God.

There is more evidence for the world being less than 10,000 years old than billions or millions of years old, but again, what is your mindset?

It takes a lot less faith to believe in a living, loving, patient God that has everything in His control (even when we tell Him we don’t want Him in our lives, our schools or our society). Our society was a lot safer and healthier 50 years ago before sin and immortality (old politically incorrect terms) were accepted as normal.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Wayne Ballard

Bowling Green

This prompts me to post this politically incorrect picture from Family Guy.

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A Clockwork Origin – S06E09. This episode was great. It made me laugh hard when I first saw it a few months ago. Sorry for the clip being reversed, I think people do this so they can upload it and it remains online.

This episode is also the origin of the internet meme “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore“.

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