For Christmas, I give you another church/state battle: Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen wants to introduce a bill next year that will hamper the teaching of evolution:
Senator Brecheen says children should be given all the facts when it comes to evolution.
The senator says he supports having creationism — the belief that God created the world without evolution — taught in public schools.
“You either remove both or you put both in,” he said.
In an op-ed he wrote last week, Brecheen called evolution, “a religion,” and says there are serious flaws in the theory that students ought to know.
“The main fallacy with Darwinian theory,” he argued, “is the sudden appearance at about 540 million years [ago] of fossil records. It’s like a guy standing at the chalkboard and saying okay here’s an atom [and then writing] question mark, question mark, human — here we are. But its fact, and there’s zero evidence to back it up.”
I believe the Cambrian Explosion has been explained before…
It’s obvious Brecheen wants to pass legislation about a subject he knows very little about. But instead of deferring to the experts, he thinks he knows better than the scientists.
Even the major universities have come out against this idiocy:
I don’t know if Brecheen never got around to reading his Constitution, or whether he failed his science classes, or whether he thinks he needs to use his government position to spread his faith.
Oklahoma’s major universities including OU and OSU all agree that evolution is the best science and that alternatives such as creationism should not be taught in public schools.
In all those cases, what he’s trying to do will only hurt the children in his state — it’ll make them as ignorant as he is about science; it’ll make their education a liability for college admissions counselors who see that they come from a state that doesn’t prepare its children for college-level science classes.
This is what Brecheen wrote in an op-ed last week:
One of the bills I will file this year may be dismissed as inferior by “intellectuals” so I wanted to devote particular time in discussing it’s merits… I’m talking about the religion of evolution. Yes, it is a religion. The religion of evolution requires as much faith as the belief in a loving God,
Read the whole thing if you want to play a game of “Find all the Fallacies.”
This should all be moot, though. Courts have said repeatedly you can’t teach Creationism in the classroom. It’s religion, not science.
(Thanks to Garret for the link)