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In January, the evolution lobby convinced a slim majority of the board to tentatively remove the required teaching of “weaknesses” from the standard. Now the same activists are demanding that the board cut the words “analyze and evaluate” from the high school biology standards dealing directly with evolution. It is the Darwinian activists who are picking the fight.
These proposals represent an extreme attempt to censor the science curriculum and will harm the interests of both students and science. We must not permit scientific data to be concealed to serve a political agenda.
Evolution activists have raised a string of phony issues. They claim that board members are trying to insert creationism and a “young earth” into the science standards. Completely false. Remember, it is the Darwinian extremists who are attempting to change the existing science directives. Under the existing standards there has not been a single reported case of a teacher using the standard as a pretext to teach religion, creationism, or anything other than science.
The phoniest issue of all is the assertion that evolution has no scientific weaknesses, which is a claim few scientists would make among themselves. In January, the board was presented with more than 100 articles from mainstream scientific publications documenting unresolved problems in contemporary evolutionary theory. These problems include the inexplicable origin of information contained in DNA molecules, irreducibly complex biological features, geologically abrupt appearances of new life forms in the Cambrian Explosion, fossil record gaps and intractable origin of life chemistry.
In January, the board was presented with more than 100 articles from mainstream scientific publications documenting unresolved problems in contemporary evolutionary theory.
To the chagrin of the science thought police, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law an act to protect teachers who want to encourage critical thinking about hot-button science issues such as global warming, human cloning, and yes, evolution and the origin of life.
Opponents allege that the Louisiana Science Education Act is “anti-science.” In reality, the opposition’s efforts to silence anyone who disagrees with them is the true affront to scientific inquiry.
Originally posted by OhZone
They are doing this to head off the Creationists, however I have to wonder why it is not OK to just say "we don't really know".
How about an alternative theory - that Earth was "seeded" with life from other planets?
It would be helpful if the gov. would just openly admit that those "UFO's " that are not eartly creations are those of Extraterrestrials.
Originally posted by B.A.C.
reply to post by dnaobs
Yes, this type of censorship isn't just related to Evolution, it comes in play whenever anyone including other scientists question accepted science. ie; Global Warming, Human Cloning, etc..
Originally posted by B.A.C.
This vote was about teaching "strength and weaknesses" in ANY theory.