Darwin on trial: Evolution hearings open in Kansas

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    TOPEKA, Kan. (Reuters) - A six-day courtroom-style debate opened on Thursday in Kansas over what children should be taught in schools about the origin of life -- was it natural evolution or did God create the world?

    The hearings, complete with opposing attorneys and a long list of witnesses, were arranged amid efforts by some Christian groups in Kansas and nationally to reverse the domination of evolutionary theory in the nation's schools.

    William Harris, a medical researcher and co-founder of a Kansas group called the Intelligent Design Network, posed the core question about life's beginnings before mapping out why he and other Christians want changes in school curriculum.

    School science classes are teaching children that life evolved naturally and randomly, Harris said, arguing that this was in conflict with Biblical teachings that God created life.

    "They are offering an answer that may be in conflict with religious views," Harris said in opening the debate. "Part of our overall goal is to remove the bias against religion that is currently in schools. This is a scientific controversy that has powerful religious implications."

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    The Scopes Trial in reverse! Hopefully it will get through. Have you looked at a high school science book lately? FULL of outdated or just plain false information.
     
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    If evolution is so imperviously true, what are they afraid of?
     
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    Great question!!!
     
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    And people wonder why the rest of the world is kicking our ass in science and math...next thing ya know, there'll be a push to get away from SAE and metric and start measuring everything in cubits.
     
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    So it's not possible for God to create Earth and have Evolution :laugh:

    I have no problem with Intelligent Design, just keep it in Philosophy and out of Biology
     
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    It might be, but science is about what you can prove, within reason. Religion is about what you believe. They want to teach religion as science.

    Bingo!
     
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    What I think is funny is the strange bedfellows created on this issue. Relgious conservative fundamentalists don't want to consider evolution because it interferes with their Bible-based belief that God created the world in 7 literal days. Liberals don't want the creation theory taught because it assumes a deity, which they hope doesn't exist, because otherwise, they're all going to Hell.

    But on the racial issue, it's evolution that shows how we got the different races --- and why some races are smarter than others. Liberals all of a sudden don't want to have anything to do with it! Probably most conservatives, too...

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0965683613/002-9960016-9839265?v=glance[/ame]

    Sorry, folks --- race is real, races are different, and that matters.
     
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    ID is science. It uses the scientific method to advance its theory that the universe, and specifically life, was designed. It does not attempt to advance the Biblical creation account as the only acceptable way to think about creation.
     

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