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June 09, 2005

Religion and Science

From Wired News:

The Tulsa Zoo will add a display featuring the biblical account of creation following complaints to a city board about other displays with religious significance, including a Hindu elephant statue.

The Tulsa Park and Recreation Board voted 3-1 on Tuesday in favor of a display depicting God's creation of the world in six days and his rest on the seventh, as told in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

The vote came after more than two hours of public comment from a standing-room-only crowd.

Zoo employees, religious leaders and others spoke in opposition, saying religion shouldn't be part of the taxpayer-funded scientific institution.

But those who favored the creationist exhibit, including Mayor Bill LaFortune, argued that the zoo already displayed religious items, including the statue of the Hindu god, Ganesh, outside the elephant exhibit and a marble globe inscribed with an American Indian saying: "The earth is our mother. The sky is our father."

I'm sure it was just an oversight that it wasn't mentioned that Evolution is also a religion. It's good to see some open-mindedness in education rather than the same old intolerant, close-mindedness that's usually force fed to children. Maybe because the zoo is one of the few times education is provided to the whole family, that parents see exactly what kind of lop-sided nonsense passes as “science” these days.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 9, 2005 08:10 AM

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