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As Darwin Day is celebrated, numerous creationist bills sit before U.S. state legislatures

As Darwin Day is celebrated, numerous creationist bills sit before U.S. state legislatures

Today was Darwin Day, an international celebration of science and humanity on the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth on February 12, 1809. "Specifically, the event celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin — the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor," writes the International Darwin Day Foundation. "More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity."

The International Darwin Day Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational corporation, and its mission is to promote the public education about science and to encourage the celebration of science and humanity. It is managed by the American Humanist Association as an autonomous program.  The Continuum for Humanist Education offers free online courses about evolution and other topics.

International Darwin Day Foundation

http://darwinday.org/

The religious right tries to characterize the theory of evolution as a theory of the origin of life, one of many misunderstandings.  Despite court rulings that teaching creationism in public schools is unconstitutional, there are already six bills currently pending in New Hampshire and Missouri (both having two bills each), and one each in Indiana and Oklahoma that would require "teaching the debate," intelligent design and/or creationism in the public schools.  As the UK's Guardian notes, it is only February — the start of the legislative season — and more of these anti-science bills could be introduced.  Writes Katherine Stewart of the Guardian,

For the most part, the authors of these bills are singing a song we've heard before. Jerry Bergevin, the Republican sponsor of one of the New Hampshire bills, says of evolution that "It's a worldview and it's godless." He blames the teaching of evolution for Nazism and Columbine. Josh Brecheen, the sponsor of the Oklahoma bill, wants to stop the teaching of "the religion of evolution." These legislators, and their colleagues in Missouri and Indiana, trot out the hoary line that evolution is "just a theory" and that real science means saying that every point of view is just as good as any other.

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    The many bills to teach Cretinism are appalling to me. Why can't these people see that the stories in the Bile are just that? Stories and there is not scientific truth to them. There's no historical truth either, but we aren't talking about that right now. None of this around us and in space was made in 6 days. It's just a silly children's story. Change the head character and you could have the Wizard of Oz making the earth in 6 days. I wonder how long it took to get people to stop thinking the earth is the center of the universe? If they can grasp that we are not the center of the universe, but rather the sun is the center of our solar system, why can't they grasp Evolution?

  • Herman Cummings

    To Pastors That Compromise with Evolution

    What you are telling the world, is that you are an “infidel preaching from the pulpit”, who considers the Word of God to be a big joke. Part of the reason for your ignorance is because you attended one of many “so called” Bible colleges that teach false doctrine, and could not properly train you with the truth of Genesis.

    To participate in the “Clergy Letter Project”, shows you to be an ungodly clergyman, that would rather see people die in ignorance, than for you to repent from your position and allow your community and congregation to learn the correct interpretation of Genesis. You are also advocating Atheism to be taught in public schools.

    You, and the rest of the world of Theology, do not understand the Genesis text, and every single clergyman I’ve contacted has refused to both learn the truth, and allow the only true presentation of Genesis chapter one to be shown. The correct opposing view to the evolution theory is the “Observations of Moses”.

    Instead of pleasing Satan, support the truth of the Bible, and cast the false conclusions of science aside. Contact me, and schedule the PowerPoint presentation to be given at your assembly. Don’t give any excuses. Since you are so quick to embrace a lie, let’s see how quickly you will support the truth of scripture.

    Herman Cummings
    ephraim7@aol.com

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