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Science Community Guilty of Hypocrisy when Criticizing the Teaching of Creationism


John Glenn

John Glenn’s pronouncement that evolution should be taught in schools overlooks some uncomfortable truths. While defending John Scopes for violating Tennessee’s Butler Act by teaching evolution, Clarence Darrow proclaimed: “we have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States.” Despite Darrow’s efforts, bigots and ignoramuses still struggle for ascendancy within America’s education system. Although these invectives were levied exclusively towards the defenders of Creationism, an important distinction delineates bigots and ignoramuses. Bigots champion an ignoble agenda – one that is biased and intolerant — while ignoramuses blindly undermine noble agendas.

Bigots are easy to recognize. They consist, in part, of the policy-makers in at least 16 states who have acted to impede the teaching of evolution and to, instead, promote Creationism or its variants, such as Intelligent Design, which argues that “certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.”

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Files from the Academic Fringe: Pt. 2 — Creationism


St. Richards, Patron of Biology Teachers

Read Files from the Academic Fringe: Part 1 — Scientism here.

In a humdrum secularist society, religion emerges as the life of the party. Yes, yes, Crusades and jihads and widows burned alive—all big time bummers, I know. On the bright side, religious worldviews breathe life into an otherwise inanimate and utterly pointless universe. It’s a good book you never have to put down. It’s sex before germ theory. It’s rum in a tepid punchbowl.

Weary of dry Darwinians, I decided to pay a visit to the Creationists.

It was October of 2012. I drove out of Nashville past farmland and swamps and into the wooded Kentucky mountains. Bright red leaves swept past me. The trees appeared translucent, shimmering, the blend of orange and green leaves creating strange illusions, as though Creation was decorated for winter’s arrival. A crushed coyote lay dead beside the highway, his paw limp over his sternum, facing the sky, a subtle smile on his snout.… Read the rest

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Why Creationists Are Praying We Never Find Alien Life

It might be easy to pick on creationists, but it’s so much fun… this time by Mark Strauss at Slate:

Could primordial soup be served ice-cold and made with a liquid other than water? Astrobiologists believe that it’s possible on Titan.

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Not quite God’s green Earth: Titan viewed from from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.


Although the temperature on Saturn’s massive moon is a chilly minus 179 degrees Celsius, it has a thick nitrogen atmosphere rich in organic molecules and a surface speckled with methane lakes. These ingredients, according to computer simulations recently conducted at Cornell University, could combine to form cellular membranes, which are crucial for the evolution of complex cells. “Ours is the first concrete blueprint of life not as we know it,” said one of the researchers in a news release. Another expressed hope that we might someday send a probe “to float on the seas of this amazing moon.”

But the creationists at the hilariously misnamed Discovery Institute, a prominent advocate for intelligent design theory, had a different spin on the story.

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Poll Suggests Americans Aren’t Confident in Creationism Beliefs

So even self-proclaimed creationists don’t really believe in the irrational theories known as creationism? From Slate:

In a dozen polls taken from 1982 to 2014, Gallup has asked Americans to choose among three views of evolution. One view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.” Another view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.” The third option is that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.”

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In that three-decade span, the young-earth creationist option has always been the most popular choice. The percentage of respondents who affirm it has never fallen below 40. These findings, along with similar poll numbers, often alarm scientists, journalists, and educators. Nearly half of Americans, if not more, seem to be hardcore creationists.

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Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway


Ken Ham. Photo: By John Foxe (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to the Raw Story, we now know that aliens are going to hell…

Creationist Ken Ham has said that the U.S. space program is a waste of money because any alien life that scientists found would be damned to hell.

“I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life,” Ham wrote in a Sunday column on his Answers in Genesis website.

Ham argued that “secularists are desperate to find life in outer space” as a part of their “rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution.”

“Life did not evolve but was specially created by God, as Genesis clearly teaches. Christians certainly shouldn’t expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe,” he continued. “Now the Bible doesn’t say whether there is or is not animal or plant life in outer space.

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Cosmos: Creationist Version

If you’ve been watching the new version of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, now presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson, you’ll have noticed that Tyson goes out of his way to put down creationism’s idea that the universe is 6,000 years old, evolution is false, etc. It’s not exactly balanced in its approach, so Funny or Die decided to set that right and make a creationist version of Cosmos:

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Missouri Republicans Propose Bill Requiring Parental Consent For Children To Learn Evolution

schoolVia Talking Points Memo, enabling parents to send their children to school without worry that they will be subjected to science:

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would require schools to notify parents if “the theory of evolution by natural selection” was being taught at their child’s school and give them the opportunity to opt out of the class.

The bill had its first public hearing Thursday after being introduced in late January. State Rep. Rick Brattin (R), who sponsored the bill, told a local TV station last week that teaching only evolution in school was “indoctrination.”

The bill is one of several anti-evolution proposals that have already appeared in statehouses across the country. But Brattin’s bill appears to be the only one, and perhaps the first, that would mandate parental notification that their children were being taught evolution in school.

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Watch How The Creationism Museum Depicts Teachers Who Teach Evolution

Buzzfeed's Matt Stopera visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky and takes note of the various attractions and lessons learned. The centerpiece is a Universal Studios-style multimedia movie experience ("Just think how it could change her life if Wendy found out there really is purpose and meaning to her existence!") designed to cement kids' scorn and skepticism of evolution-spouting teachers, with a simple but effective message – caring about science is for nerds:
They had this special effects show in a big theater with shaking chairs and water sprinklers. It was pretty cool and very Disney. This part caught my attention, though. They were constantly tearing down teachers. Teachers who teach evolution are the worst!
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Even Pat Robertson Thinks Young Earth Creationism is Bullshit

Pic: Paparazzo Presents (CC)

Pic: Paparazzo Presents (CC)

When the guy who thinks God nailed New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina because he was angry about abortion believes your brand of Christian fundamentalism is full of it, then you might have a problem.

Via Christian Science Monitor:

A day after “Science Guy” Bill Nye and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham faced off in a discussion about life’s origins – a debate pitting evolutionary science against the belief that God created the earth and all its creatures in six days – the televangelist and political provocateur Pat Robertson called the literalist view of six-day creation “nonsense.”

TV’s ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye and Ken Ham of the Creation Museum debated the origins of the universe. The debate at the Creation Museum in Kentucky included astrophysics, evolution and the Biblical story of creation.

“There ain’t no way that’s possible,” Mr. Robertson said Wednesday on his show, “The 700 Club,” taking issue with the “young earth” version of creationism, which holds that the universe is about 6,000 to 10,000 years old.
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