Jan 3, 2008

Science advisers give fresh boost to evolution

WASHINGTON - In a newly published report, scientific advisers to the government emphasize the importance of teaching evolution in public schools.
The report by the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine follows up on similar past publications, the last of which came out in 1999. The new document, titled "Science, Evolution and Creationism," includes recently discovered evidence supporting evolution — including the 375 million-year-old "Tiktaalik" fossil, which researchers say blends characteristics of a crocodile and a fish.
The report released Thursday also takes swipes at creationism and other anti-evolution theories.

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Meanwhile, Anti-evolution memo stirs controversy

Rep. Ben Bridges apparently sent out a memo saying “Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion,” the memo says. “This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”
The memo calls on lawmakers to introduce legislation that would end the teaching of evolution in public schools because it is “a deception that is causing incalculable harm to every student and every truth-loving citizen.”

This ought to really cause an uproar with the Christians who would rather tout Intelligent Design then see the Theory of Evolution taught in the classroom.

It is worth thinking about the fact that there is nothing stopping people from talking God, Jesus, and Christianity — they can and do talk about religion all they really want.
Why focus on science classes?
One reason may be the fact that science is highly respected in modern society and comes with a strong aura of truth — something which traditional religion lacks.

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