A couple of Florida newspapers ran stories this morning about the fight over evolution instruction in Texas.
Sarasota Herald: In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate
Many biologists and teachers said they feared that the board would force textbook publishers to include what skeptics see as weaknesses in Darwin’s theory to sow doubt about science and support the Biblical version of creation.
“These weaknesses that they bring forward are decades old, and they have been refuted many, many times over,” Kevin Fisher, a past president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, said after testifying. “It’s an attempt to bring false weaknesses into the classroom in an attempt to get students to reject evolution.”
Bradenton Herald: Texas wrestles with science standards, evolution
Critics say the use of the word “weaknesses” has been used to undermine Darwin’s theory of evolution and promote creationism – or intelligent design.
“In science education, ‘weaknesses’ has become a code word in the culture wars to attack evolution and promote creationism,” said Kathy Miller, president of the watchdog group Texas Freedom Network. “If it weren’t, we wouldn’t see this crusade by some of the board members and outside pressure groups to keep this single word in the science standards.”
Anyone in the WInter Haven area? You might want to send in a letter to the editor to counter the garbage Grace Discher wrote in the News Chief: Evolution is a religion, not a provable science.
When debating the validity of Creationism, versus Evolution, many evolutionists seem to believe that the conflict is a disagreement between a well-proven scientific fact and the Christian religion. In reality, it is a battle between two opposing religions and their subsequent world views. Evolution is as much a faith-based religion as Christianity, Islam, etc.