Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Texas School Board Vote

The Texas State Board of Education controversy got picked up on CNN's radar. In a story titled: Science standards challenging evolution debated in Texas, the author writes:
The board -- considering amendments passed in January -- will hear from the public on Wednesday. It will then take votes -- an initial one Thursday and the final vote Friday.

"This specific attack on well-established science ignores mountains of evidence and years of research done by experts in a variety of fields," said Steven Newton, project director at the Oakland California-based National Center for Science Education, a proponent of evolution.
What has become painfully clear is that most people who do not accept the theory of evolution are quite content to listen to those who claim it has holes, the ICR, AIG and others. As I noted in an earlier post, if some of these people would actually pick up a biology textbook, much of this would go away. But that is not the point: they think that evolution is evil. It simply cannot have scientific support. Mind you, this is what a good many people thought about atomic energy in the 1960s and 1970s—that it was evil and its use would only lead to sorrow. As Robert Oppenheimer read from the Bhagavad Gita at the Trinity site: "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." What got lost in the shuffle was that atomic energy existed regardless of what people thought. As Shel Silverstein wrote: "It's all the same to the clam."

The vote will happen some time in the next two days.

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