An Appeal to Those Who Want Creationism or Intelligent Design Taught in Public Schools.
There are those within our country that want Creationism or Intelligent Design taught in our public schools within the science curriculum. They justify this by saying that Evolution is a theory and that a proper education should offer all view points.
I support and encourage all school systems to offer a world religions class teaching the history and the core teachings of all major faiths. Through technology, our world has gotten much smaller and to understand the faiths of all peoples will only improve the dialog between us. However, this should be taught as a social studies class not science. This is why;
The concept of Intelligent Design is based purely on faith. The concept of God is a matter of faith. The only resource to use in teaching of Intelligent Design is The Holy Bible. There are almost no other corroborating texts in existence because after the full text of the Holy Bible was determined, all other writings were deemed heretical and destroyed. The Holy Bible as the infallible word of God is a matter of faith. Faith is taught in church. Religious organizations have their own buildings that are tax free, where they have the right to teach their faith. The First Amendment to The Constitution: “…Congress shall pass no law regarding the establishment of nor the infringement of the free exercise of religion.”…protects the church’s right to teach whatever faith they believe in. And the government cannot tell them what they can and cannot teach. The law also says “the establishment of” thus the church cannot tell the people (As our government is “of, by, and for the people”) what they will be taught.
I say to those that want to have Intelligent Design taught to their children; you already have that, it’s called church. Many of you who want this taught in public schools say that you want “equal time”. Well you can’t have equal time in our buildings if we don’t get equal time in yours. The teachers of science in our country are not holding town meetings or writing legislation to demand that the Theory of Evolution be taught in Sunday School. You are the ones imposing your beliefs on the rest of society.
The proponents of Intelligent Design do not grasp what the scientific process is. You cannot teach Intelligent Design as science, because it was the scientific method consisting of systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses, that refuted Creationism and produced the Theory of Evolution, Astronomy, Geology, Genetics, and practically every other field of science in the first place.
In ancient Greece, people used to believe that the sun was the wheel of Apollo’s chariot moving across the sky. It was believed that the Earth was flat until the western hemisphere was discovered 500 years ago. The Christian church taught that the Earth was the center of the Universe, until 400 years ago when Galileo’s observations proved that to be false.
If Christian fundamentalist thought is really analyzed concerning this matter. To hold on to Creationism as fact, is essentially to say this: All scientists who have studied geology and determined how old the Earth is, and how tectonic plates work, and how the continents were formed, all of the Astronomers who work to explore the universe, the photos of the Hubble telescope, all of the zoologists and botanists who work to classify all life on Earth. All of the paleontologists who dig in the ground searching for, assembling, and carbon dating the bones of creatures that lived millions of years ago, all of the geneticists who work to understand how the human body works. All of these people throughout the past 500 years of history, and all of their books that you find in our libraries, all of their work is a lie and is the work of Satan trying to turn you away from their truth. They are claiming that every scientific advancement in human history is the product of an infernal conspiracy to lie and deceive all of humanity. This is their faith. This is reasonable to them. This is what they want to teach in public schools.