Texas Officials Renewing Their Push to Teach Creationism in Public Schools

dinosaurs-noahs-arkIn a true, “What in the hell is wrong with these people?” moment, I woke up today to read about Texas’ continued push to teach creationism alongside evolution in public school science classes.

There are certain topics I have absolutely no patience for—and this is one of them.

Now before I continue, let me begin by saying I am a Christian.

With that being said—creationism is not science.  Hell, it’s not even a “theory.”  It’s faith based belief.  

Science is not determined by what someone wants to believe, it’s determined by what countless hours of education tells some of the smartest people that have ever walked this planet what is or isn’t plausible.

Yes, a lot of science is theory.  Yet those theories are based on some of the most complicated scientific and mathematical data imaginable.  It isn’t as if a group of scientists got together and wanted a theory to be valid and “scientific.”  Often these theories are tested over years and years to come to the most logical possible conclusions based on scientific information.  

Creationism is not a theory.  It’s faith.  In fact, it’s essentially the complete opposite of science, which is why religion is referred to as faith and science is referred to as science.  

Science needs evidence to support its theories, while faith just needs a group of people who choose to believe in it.  In fact, if there was hardcore evidence to support faith-based beliefs, it would then become science and no longer exist as faith.

Think about it.  If God came down right now and said, ‘Look, I exist! Watch me create a planet in seven days,’ and then *poof*, there’s a new planet seven days later — Christianity would no longer be “faith” because it would then be proven fact.

So when I read about these creationists being put on Texas education boards to determine curriculum, it’s absolutely insane.  Science class shouldn’t double as a Bible study.

And when you look at some of the asinine comments coming from these people, it’s absolutely astonishing.

“I understand the National Academy of Science’s strong support of the theory of evolution.  At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent, and grandparent, I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption.”

“While I understand the theory of evolution and its wide acceptance, there should be inclusion of the ‘creation model’ based on the Biblical view of history.”

These are actual comments from people who have been appointed to review the quality of biology textbooks.

Just let that sink in for a minute.  People who believe evolution is every bit the “theory” as Noah’s Ark have been put in charge of reviewing the quality of science books. 

It’s absolute insanity.

These creationists are simply responding to scientific theories that don’t support their religious beliefs, and by doing so are trying to destroy actual science because biology doesn’t seem to support the story Adam and Eve.  These are the people who really believe the world is only a few thousand years old, dinosaurs were in the “Garden of Eden” and that they didn’t actually eat meat.

They’re some of the people who’ve been chosen to determine the quality of science books in Texas.

And if you don’t live in Texas, don’t think that this doesn’t impact you.  Texas is such a large state that whichever books it decides to order published will be the books other states use as well for their curriculum.  Publishers often don’t want to make too many copies of textbooks, so many times they’ll only publish the ones which are requested in the largest quantities.

Many conservative states have also done this with history books as well.  Rewriting history to reflect more positively, and with more emphasis, on Republican policies — and more specifically, the presidency of George W. Bush.

So Republicans are trying to rig our elections, rewrite history and challenge science which is supported by probably 99% of the world’s scientists.

But then I’m not supposed to see these individuals as extremely corrupt and borderline (if not actually) insane?  I’m supposed to “show respect” to people who sit on such far-reaching boundaries of social norms that even their current moderates would have been seen as far right radicals just a few years ago.

I’m sorry, I just can’t.

When they sit across from me and tell me creationism deserves the same respect in the classroom as evolution; that the world is only a few thousand years old; that voter fraud is a “rampant problem” when they can’t show me any cases where it’s had any impact on a single election; and climate change is a hoax (something else these creationists oppose) — I simply refuse to show them any kind of “professional respect.”

Because you’re either willfully ignorant, extremely mentally unstable, absolutely insane, corrupt as hell or all of the above. 

So if these creationists want to believe in faith over evolution, that’s fine.  Go right ahead!  That’s what church is for.

But it damn sure doesn’t deserve to be in a science class.

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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  • Albert Gump Kaye

    Pretty tough to debate with someone who talks to God. In their mind they win by default.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      How do you know God isn’t saying to them, “You know, you’re really a moron when you claim to know what I am thinking…”?

    • Mr. Smith

      The beauty about debate is you must site verifiable sources, you cant verify a theological belief and the bible is not a verifiable source of information so they automatically lose, regardless of what they “believe”.

  • Wayne Bassett

    Evolution is not just a theory; it is a theory AND a fact. With the scientific process, theories are presented through observational facts then it is up to the wider community to either prove or disprove that theory. As with Newtonian physics where Newton wrote that the universe is like a clockwork machine with all the all the planets and galaxies turning as cogs in a pocket watch, it came to Albert Einstein to point out this wasn’t so through his “Theory (there’s that word again) of Special Relativity” to say that wasn’t entirely so. Just as with Newton and Einstein, there has been many of Darwins’ ideas in the origin of species that have been proven, be on doubt, to be correct. However, just like the two previously mentioned physicists theories, there is still a lot yet to be proven, but this doesn’t make the theory any less valid.

  • Steven Kent

    Clifton needs to refine his article by one specific point: These people are NOT appointed to the Texas Education Board, they are elected from districts around the State.

    • Pipercat

      That is correct…

  • Allen

    If they are willing to add Creationism to the curriculum, then they must also be willing to add other religion’s views on creation as well. Bring up this point and see how they respond; I’m thinking not too enthusiastically.

    • Adam R Wallace

      You forget… to these people, the “freedom of religion” part of the 1st Amendment only applies to THEIR religion.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    So, creationists are saying their churches are failing to teach their kids faith and that the public school system should. OK, how about we revoke churches’ tax exempt status to help pay for the public school system they seem to hate?

  • Pipercat

    Here we go again….

  • shopper2

    The one correct thing I’ve read here is to let the churches and all religions teach their versions of creation and the public schools teach the scientific reasons. Parents can let their children know their beliefs and children can make up their own minds as they age and learn.
    At one point we sent our son to a private, religious school because we did not feel our public school was doing enough for child safety. We disagreed with the science (?) he was being taught so gave him knowledge of the science involved but told him to learn the other to pass their tests and respect this and keep quiet. Hypocrites? Not really, respecting their right to their beliefs and their right to pass it on to their people. Eventually almost everyone is exposed to the science of creation.

  • Igoriginal

    Are they serious? *TEACH* creationism as “theory”? In “school?”

    I was under the impression that “school” was a place of science, of scholasticism, of empiricism, of critical thinking skills … NOT teaching fairy tales as “truth.”

    And are they going to be fair, and also teach every OTHER creation mythology, besides the Abrahamic version? Will they also equally teach the Sanskrit / Hindi / Indic creation mythology centered around Brahma, and the descended Manu? What about the Asgard / AEsir mythology of the Norse? What about the ancient Egyptian creationary myth, involving the primordial ‘Nu’ (chaotic / lifeless sea), brought to life by the Ogdoad? Will these ignoramuses teach ALL of these world creation myths as “truth”, at the same time? What makes the Abrahamic creationary myth any more valid than every other fairy tale?

    No wonder that scientific LITERACY in this country is declining. We seem to be on a path to another ‘Dark Age’ of ignorance, if “creation” is now being pushed into a scholastic curriculum that is SUPPOSED to be based around the “Scientific Method’, and not ‘Mythologies’ peddled as “absolute truth.”

    Faith-based systems belong within the walls of their associated temples / places of worship, and NOT pushed into a school system that is supposedly based on objectivity and critical reasoning.

    • Pipercat

      Naah, they’ll just stick to the “intelligent design” nonsense…

  • Mr. Smith

    Teaching of biblical theology in public schools is a violation of the first amendment of the constitution of the united states with regard to the separation of church and state. Oddly enough the same people that don’t want their second amendment constitutional right to bear arms infringed are the same people who want to ignore the separation of church and state provision.
    Which is it right wing evangelicals, does the constitution matter to you or not? Your not allowed to cherry pick, either your a patriotic American accepting the constitution in its entirety or you have an agenda with ulterior motives that are far from the best interests of the American people. Which will it be?
    Since these people cherry pick the bible to suite them I can only assume they have ulterior motives designed to dumb people down and control them and want to cherry pick the constitution to suite themselves as well.
    Oh and news flash, the bible says nothing about dinosaurs, I know I actually took the time to read a book written and heavily edited/censored by kings and religious leaders, not by the hand of God. Did you?

    • Mr. Smith

      Side note, if christian creationism is to be taught in public schools, then every religions creation theory must be taught, from Hindu, Buddhism, Islam, American Indian, etc etc etc, to allow the kids an option to choose what to believe. Would you evangelicals support that?

  • Ditzzeechick

    I have no problem with people teaching their children fairy tales. I do have a problem with tax exempt status. I have a problem with kids not being taught science. It’s why we’re a bunch of dummies, math and science is the order of the day. WE should try teaching MORE of that and stop complaining about Indian/Asian doctorate students STEALING American jobs…oi….

  • Heartland

    Biblical view of history; Just those words are enough for me to not listen to any thing about creationism.

  • Tillmann Puschka

    republicans don’t even believe this nonsense themselves, but it’s important for them to be able to continue selling it to the masses upon masses of ignorant dipshits in places like Texas and other states in the “confederacy”.

  • Devient Genie

    Stinkmeister 5:55–If ignorance was body odor, religious beliefs would make you stink like you slept in a dumpster of fish and vomit 🙂

  • republicans are evil

    the second this happens in my kids school, im pulling my kids and either home schooling or sending them to a charter, then I will sue the fucking school for violation of my kids religious rights. One more reason republicans need to disappear.

  • Randall Kramm

    Actually, ‘Theory’, in scientific nomenclature, is the closest thing to ‘fact’ that most scientists are comfortable with, as a theory is a tested hypothesis, and tested not just once, but a multitude of times, to make sure that the results, time and again, almost always come out, be it by actual use(in a laboratory) or by careful observation.
    Just FYI.