Unteaching Evolution and the Wrath of the Lamb

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In the first of three daylong hearings characterized here as the direct descendant of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, the New York Times reports a parade of Ph.D.’s testified about the flaws they find in Darwin’s theory of evolution, transforming a small auditorium in Topeka, Kansas, into a forum on one of the most controversial questions in education and politics: How to teach about the origin of life?

. . . the debate was as much about religion and politics as science and education, with attorney Pedro Irigonegaray pressing witnesses to find mentions of the theories they were denouncing, like humanism and naturalism, in the state standards, and asking whether they believe all scientists are atheists.

“These people are going to obfuscate about these definitions,” complained Jack Krebs, vice president of the pro-evolution Kansas Citizens for Science, whose members, wearing “I support strong science education” buttons, filled many of the 180 auditorium seats not taken by journalists from as far away as France. “They have created a straw man. They are trying to make science stand for atheism, so they can fight atheism.”

While we are on the subject of the Religious Right, you should read the May issue of Harper’s magazine. While the Locust Fork server was down this afternoon, I walked to the library and read it. Unfortunately, it is not free online, although the site is still pretty cool and at least you can find out the contents.

The strongest piece in the magazine is editor Lewis H. Lapham’s “The Wrath of the Lamb.” He eviscerates the faithful. Trust me. Or don’t. Get to a library or a newsstand and judge for yourself.

© 2005, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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