South Carolina State Senator Blocks Evolution from Being Taught in Science Classes

mike-fair-scMaybe Republicans are on to something about evolution being a myth.  After all, they seem determined to prove that as a species, they’re actually getting less intelligent – not more.

I never thought that I would see the day where evolution being put in science books somehow became a political issue.  I never thought I would see the day where people couldn’t decipher the difference between science and faith.  

See, faith is an individual’s own thoughts and opinions (with no real rules dictating what they believe) concerning their own spiritual or religious beliefs.

In fact, faith is defined as: firm belief in something for which there is no proof

Essentially, faith requires no evidence to support its system of beliefs – because it’s faith.

Which brings me to science.  Science is composed of countless steps, theories, processes and provable conclusions.

In fact science is defined as: knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation. 

Do you see the difference?  Well, can you please tell that to South Carolina State Senator Mike Fair?  He seems to think that there’s absolutely no basis to call evolution a “fact.”  Which is why he’s blocked evolution from being included in science classes in South Carolina.

Fair said:

“To teach that natural selection is the answer to origins is wrong.  I don’t have a problem with teaching theories. I don’t think it should be taught as fact.  Natural selection is a direct reference to Darwinism. And the implication of Darwinism is that it is start to finish.”

What he wants is the same as what many other conservatives want – for creationism or intelligent design to be taught alongside science in the classroom.

Which would be fine, except – creationism and intelligent design aren’t science!

That’s faith.  That’s religion.  You teach that at home, or in church, not in a science class.

Robert T. Dillon, a professor of biology at the College of Charleston and member of South Carolinians for Science Education, said:

“What frustrates us are when pieces of [the standards] — evolution — are singled out for religious and political reasons.  Mike Fair singles out evolution for special treatment. It is no more scientifically controversial than photosynthesis.”

It’s absolutely ridiculous that this continues to be an argument.  Look, I’m a Christian, so I obviously believe in Jesus Christ and God.  That being said, neither have a place in a science classroom.

Because faith is not science. 

As Mr. Dillon said, evolution is as scientifically proven and accepted as photosynthesis.  I can’t say I recall many people questioning whether or not photosynthesis should be taught in science classes.

Instances such as these are explicitly why the Founding Fathers didn’t want religion and government (public schools are a government entity) being mixed.  Science, math, reading, history – they should be taught in the appropriate classrooms.

Faith, religion and spiritual beliefs should be taught by parents if they so choose at home and their places of worship.

This isn’t really complicated.

But stunts such as this (and I call it a stunt because, like when some in Texas tried to do basically the same thing, it will eventually be overridden and evolution will be put in science classes) are just continued efforts by conservatives to violate our First Amendment rights to “freedom of religion” by interjecting specific faith-based beliefs into the classrooms of public schools.

It’s just ridiculous that in 2014 we’re still being forced to have this debate.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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