Mike Kohut | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Of course schools should teach creationism

Am I the first commentator to note the article writer's ironic use of an "Odin and his brothers create the world" cartoon while talking about being in support of the Tennessee law?

Creationism taught as it is, with all the literary details, would be under no risk of being mistaken for science, even if taught in a science classroom.

I have no problem with any creation story being recounted in a science class. However, the law does not allow teachers to teach creationism. Instead, those teachers interested in taking advantage of the law, will be more likely to teach supposed "weaknesses" of evolutionary theory, including arguments from intelligent design like irreducible complexity, and possibly arguments from creation science dishonestly contrived to cast doubt on the evidence for evolution. I've traced the quotes and citations of over a dozen articles purporting to have scientific evidence against evolution or for creation, and none have withstood the most basic scrutiny. They either cite other creation science articles or they misinterpret, misunderstand, or misrepresent a scientific article. Don't take my word for it. Check them yourself if you encounter one.

The problem I have with these ideas being taught in science classrooms is that they are both a) not scientific, and b) appear to be scientific to people who do not understand what science is.

In fact, I would say that the more creationists take overtly religious ideas out of their message to the world, the more everyone needs to worry, especially them.

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Posted by Mike Kohut on 04/30/2012 at 10:25 PM

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