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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