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evolution, “while encouraging students to keep an open mind and explore alternatives to
evolution ... offers no scientific alternative; instead, the only alternative offered is an
inherently religious one.”
Same here: The choice offered the schools’ students is between evolution, which is
chock full of uncertainties according to the text, or the supernatural.
David MacMillan (2014) writing in the
Huffington Post
I grew up steeped in creationism. I was homeschooled with creationist curriculum, my family
took us to creationist conferences, and I was deeply proud that I knew the real story about
evolution and the age of the earth. I was taught there was absolutely no way the universe
could be explained without creationism. Evolution was a fairy tale based on faith; creation
was good science. I was taught that Christianity wasn’t consistent without creationism ... that
all “Bible-believing Christians” rejected evolution and long ages in favor of a six-day
creation and a global flood.
Creationism isn’t just one belief; it’s a system of beliefs and theories that all support
each other. We believed that unless we could maintain confidence in special creation, a
young planet, a global flood, and the Tower of Babel, we’d be left without any basis for
maintaining our faith.
This false dichotomy makes creationism strong. As long as people think the
foundation of their religious faith depends on denial of science, it takes incredible energy to
make them question the simple explanations given by the creationist movement. Ken Ham
(founder of the Creation Museum) claims creation science keeps people from abandoning
Christianity, but it usually works in the opposite direction.
Zack Kopplin (2014) writing in
Evolution is not a scientific controversy, and there are no competing scientific theories. All of
the evidence supports evolution, and the overwhelming majority of scientists accept the
evidence for it.
In 1987, the Supreme Court ruled in
Edwards v. Aguillard
that teaching creationism is
unconstitutional. In the 2005
Kitzmiller v. Dover
case, Judge John Jones III ruled in federal
district court that intelligent design is still creationism and equally unconstitutional.
To get around court rulings, Responsive Ed and other creationists resort to rhetoric
about teaching “all sides” of “competing theories” and claiming that this approach promotes