Education and Current Events
Whatever Else Happens – Don't Allow Critical Thinking!
In a January 13, 2005 ruling, a Federal judge ruled that a sticker in Cobb County Georgia public high school biology textbooks encouraging critical thinking on scientific issues and stating that evolution is a theory and not a fact was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. Even though the stickers state what evolutionists themselves say, that evolution is a theory, and there is no mention of any religion on the stickers, the mere fact that the religion of evolutionism is questioned was enough to raise the ire of the evolutionist establishment. The stickers read “This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.”
Since an open mind when considering evolutionism is something that evolutionists abhor, this ruling by a Federal judge is not at all surprising. Evolutionists can’t win scientifically, more and more scientists are embracing the overwhelming evidence for intelligent design. Evolutionists are losing the public relations battle as knowledgeable people are becoming increasingly outspoken in their opposition to the religion of evolutionism. The only way evolutionists can succeed is to use judicial and bureaucratic power to enforce a religious orthodoxy that is scientifically indefensible.
Professor Philip S. Skell of the National Academy of Sciences writes, “For those scientists who take it seriously, Darwinian evolution has functioned more as a philosophical belief system than as a testable scientific hypothesis. This quasi-religious function of the theory is, I think, what lies behind many of the extreme statements that you have doubtless encountered from some scientists opposing any criticism of neo-Darwinism in the classroom. It is also why many scientists make public statements about the theory that they would not defend privately to other scientists like me.”
While this ruling will be embraced by evolutionists as a victory for science, it should really be seen as another nail in the coffin of evolutionism. The publicity surrounding this controversy highlights the hypocrisy of evolutionists who will go to any lengths to eliminate any attempt to critically examine evolutionism in the public school classroom. All around the country there is growing resistance to the indoctrination of the religion of evolutionism in taxpayer-supported public schools. One way to deal with the judicial bias shown in this case is to continue to encourage a return to the teaching of true science in the public schools and to keep educating public officials, especially judges, on the facts regarding evolutionism.