The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last December that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, reignited the debate between gun control and the Second Amendment, as has the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard shooting most recently. But there was also another debate that some in the media wanted to reignite after Sandy Hook. You guessed it: creationism being taught in public schools.
Take former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, for instance, who tried to use logic, or his version of it, to blame the massacre on God not being taught in public schools. Really? Because I know a place where God is taught. The church.
But for some reason he ignored all the shootings that have occurred there. Huckabee and politicians like him need to brush up on the First Amendment and, more specifically, the Establishment Clause if they want to run for the presidency again. So let’s fast forward to today and the Texas State Board of Education attempting to introduce creationism in their public school’s biology textbooks.
It is commonly believed that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Never mind that the state, federal and even the Supreme Court have already ruled that creationism (or intelligent design, as the new logo reads) has been ruled to be not
science and therefore not allowed to be taught as part of the science curriculum.
This has not stopped Texas from seriously thinking it can violate all legal precedent and, as former Texas State Board of Education Chair Don McLeroy stated, “strike a final blow to teaching of evolution,” which made me wonder that he is not a Spencer Tracy fan and plans to censor the movie “Inherit The Wind” next.
Guys like McLeroy and Huckabee make it clear why the drafters of the constitution knew that demagogues like them would come around from time to time and why they needed to be as clear as possible. I believe, as I have stated before, that there must be intelligent life on other planets due to the billions and billions of stars and galaxies out there. Despite the odds being in my favor this idea cannot be taught as science because it has not been proven scientifically. For something to be taught as science you need evidence. Oh, well what about the Big Bang Theory?
What evidence is there for that, you may ask? My column can be on precisely that and I can write it in a way that even Don McLeroy and Mike Huckabee can understand.
The fact that humans are more genetically related to chimps than chimps are to gorillas doesn’t seem to faze them. Even Bill Nye, the science guy, who is as politically correct as they come, could no longer sit quietly while science was under attack again. I personally would have liked Darwin to have proven we come from cute, fluffy panda bears, but that is not what he discovered and that is not what the science tells us more than 150 years after “On the Origin of Species” was published.
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