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Archive for Friday, September 24, 1999

BOARD SUPPORT

September 24, 1999

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To the editor:

The Kansas State Board of Education made the right decision to de-emphasize the teaching of the theory of evolution in our schools. There are some good reasons for defending their decision, even though it has been attacked quite often.

People attacking the board's decision have argued that creationism is a religion simply because the Bible literalists have used the Bible to explain natural phenomena. They say that religion should be separated from science, and, therefore, creationism shouldn't be taught and shouldn't be considered when discussing scientific matters. So they conclude that evolution is the only logical and scientific alternative we have to explain certain things that occur in the natural realm. We see this argument all the time in the newspaper.

But this argument is quite foolish. Both evolution and creationism are scientific ideas simply because they both try and answer the same kinds of questions regarding natural phenomena. This holds true even if people have practically made these scientific ideas their religion.

Ironically, evolutionists argue religion to refute creationists' ideas and creationists argue science to refute basic premises of the evolutionists. It is too bad that most evolutionists don't want to deal with creationism as a scientific idea and instead simply dismiss it as a religious belief.

The challenge for both sides is to produce scientific proof, e.g., visible, verifiable and repeatable evidence to back their positions. Modern science seems to have refuted many of the premises of the evolutionary theorists. It has shown that ideas of macro evolution, spontaneous generation, and the big bang theory, for instance, lack necessary evidence to make these credible premises.

These are the reasons why I think the state board's decision was a correct one to de-emphasize the teaching of evolution.

Daniel Heim,

Lawrence.

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