Friday, May 06, 2005

Evolution Isn't a Natural Selection Here

Wingnuts in charge, Kansas edition:

Kathy Martin, a member of the state board of education, and her family built it on their farm this spring, gathering weathered chunks of limestone from the horse pasture and laying them on a hillside.

The cross is a proud expression of Martin's faith. And as hearings challenging the role of evolution in the state's school science curriculum began Thursday, that cross left little doubt about where she stood in the debate.

"Evolution is a great theory, but it is flawed," said Martin, 59, a retired science and elementary school teacher who is presiding over the hearings. "There are alternatives. Children need to hear them…. We can't ignore that our nation is based on Christianity — not science."

The hearings in Topeka, scheduled to last several days, are focusing on two proposals. The first recommends that students continue to be taught the theory of evolution because it is key to understanding biology. The other proposes that Kansas alter the definition of science, not limiting it to theories based on natural explanations.

I'm sure it would come as quite a surprise to Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, to learn that the founding of our nation was based on Christianity. But that view is one we've seen before.

What scares the bejeezus out of me is that we have come to a point at which adults can stand up and advocate self-negating nonsense like "not limiting science to natural explanations" and get mainstream news sources to cover them as proponents of a serious worldview.

If there was a futures market for world events, I'd be long in a revival of Salem witch trials.


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