Creation Ministries International, like most Christian right groups, has a rather bizarre conception of what the First Amendment means. In the delusional world they inhabit, it’s not a violation of the Establishment Clause to teach their religion in public schools, but it is a violation for Congress to commemorate the achievements of Charles Darwin. Rep. Rush Holt is sponsoring a Congressional resolution to honor Darwin Day, which has no chance of passing, and CMI is throwing a tantrum over it.
Why are the atheists asking the government to endorse something that is so blatantly wrong and obviously a bait and switch tactic? What’s at stake? There are only two views of how the universe, the world and you and I came to be. Either it was created or it evolved. This is a philosophical debate—ultimately, it’s not really about the science. The constitution calls for the state not to be involved in the establishment of any religion—yet a mandated religious view is being proposed.
They need to Google “non sequitur.”
Is evolution really ‘scientific’? Most people don’t realize that interpretations of the past are clearly determined by our belief system. ‘Science’, as most people understand the phrase, can only deal with interpreting ‘facts’ that we observe in the present. Those facts are then filtered through one’s preexisting belief system or worldview about the past. And in many cases, the proposed mechanisms that supposedly occurred in the past are not actually observed to be happening today. How can this be science, which most understand to be the observable, repeatable and testable scientific method? Even the world’s leading Darwinian evolutionist, Richard Dawkins, said:
“Evolution has been observed. It’s just that it hasn’t been observed while it’s happening.”[ii]
That’s not science!
Yes, actually, it is. This is a standard creationist tactic of defining science in this absurdly narrow way. By that “reasoning,” we could not convict anyone of a crime on the basis of DNA evidence, fingerprints or any number of other forms of forensic science. I guess we’d better empty the prisons, eh?
Oh, and of course Nazis! Eugenics! Stalin! *yawn*