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April 14, 2005

There’s science and there’s “Science”

In spite of the Constitutional prohibition on a state sponsored religion, Evolutionists use government schools to proselytize for their faith. Indiana is no exception. The state mandates the teaching of the religion of Evolution as a “science” but also allows the teaching of alternate theories — an option textbook publishers decline to exercise.

Textbooks were presented to the East Porter County School Board in Indiana after a two-month review by a committee consisting of parents, teachers and students. But none of the science textbooks the group selected mentioned any theories of human origin other than the religion of Evolution. So Board President Bob Martin requested that the board delay the final approval of the textbooks until he and other board members could review them. Martin insisted that he wasn't going to approve books he hadn't read himself.

Some board members, as well as teachers, who also haven't read the textbooks, are offended that the board isn't quickly rubber stamping the committee's recommendation, not to mention the idea that the dogma of the religion of Evolution should dare to be questioned. After all, science is science, right?

Right?

According to rules established by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, scientists are allowed to name the species they discovery, but the species name must end in “i” if it comes from a person. So two former Cornell University entomologists, Quentin Wheeler and Kelly Miller, were in allowed to name 65 new species of slime-mold beetles, which they discovered while studying the insects’ classification. Paying tribute to the spirit of dispassionate reason and detached openness that are claimed to be the hallmarks of modern “science” the two “scienctists” named three of the new beetles of the genus Agathidium,  A. bushi, A. cheneyi and A. rumsfeldi.

Quentin Wheeler, who was awarded for his mockery of true science be becoming the head of entomology at the Natural History Museum in London, said that the choice to name beetles after President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was out of “admiration” for their principles.

Like I said, there’s science and then there’s “Science”.

On a related note, there's a new blog, apparently started toward the end of last month, named ID the Future. It's supposed to focus on Intelligent Design, and from what I skimmed seems interesting. I didn't look far enough to see how they handle the young-earth/old-earth problem, since some from both camps have a tendency to shut out members of the other camp, I will wait to see if they are exclusively one or the other, or are inclusive of both. Since I'm a staunch “young-earther”, I find the exclusively old-earth arguments to be weak and almost always of little use.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 14, 2005 11:19 AM

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