I’ve been sitting here for a while now trying to sort out how I feel about this story in the Ocala Star-Banner. I’m fine with the sentiments of the quoted science teachers, but I have this nagging heartburn over how the word theory seems to be trampled on in the process. The point of the story, despite its misleading headline, is that there are starkly contrasting views within the overall religious community concerning evolution. I just wish that the whole “it’s just a theory … don’t worry about it” meme would go the way of the dodo.
On a separate subject, Florida Board of Education member Donna Callaway is one very confused individual. Read her ramblings at the Florida Baptist Witness. How in the world can she say with a straight face that she’s not bringing religion into her stance on the science standards? She’s writing in the Florida Baptist Witness! And look at how her justification bounces back and forth between “religion,” “not religion,” “religion,” “not religion.” I got whiplash reading that twisted logic.