Nothing puts me off like this easy litmus test. I have zero room for creationists. It is like someone said to a creationist arguing evolution is but a theory, so is gravity, so why don't you fly away!
Of course evolution is but a theory, that is the beauty of it. It is a sound theory that has so far stood the test of time, and is always open to the possibility it might get toppled by some better theory down the line, but that "theory" is not never going to be creationism, because creationism is not a theory, it is religious dogma.
So if God created the world in six days, is it six days or is it seven days? The Muslims say it is seven days, I think. So which is it?
The creationism Bush subscribes to is a religious concept propounded by one specific (of many equally valid) religions, or more accurately a sect within that religion, for many within that same religion do not let their minds get befuddled by the nonsense debate.
Evolution is a scientific theory. And so only another scientific theory trying to make sense of the same set of facts can compete with it. Creationism is not it. And so the two can not be said to compete. There is no debate, at least there is no intelligent debate on the issue.
What gets me though about creationists is that their stance on the issue is a symptom they deep in their hearts do not really have room for religious diversity. That is seriously problematic. And so Bush goes on record saying "if there were a law that would make people love each other, I would sign it." Meaning racial strife will just have to be plain tolerated. That is regressive.
Presidents come and go. Charles Darwin stays on.
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- Mythology in the White House Seattle Post Intelligencer
- Leading Republican differs with Bush on evolution Reuters
- Bush's two minds on science Cincinnati Post, OH
- They have little faith in 'intelligent design' Los Angeles Times, CA
- Fanning the Controversy Over 'Intelligent Design' TIME
- President reignites evolution debate San Jose Mercury News, United States
- Bush remarks prompt new debate on intelligent design Catholic World News
- President stirs debate with evolution remark Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia
- Inspiration for Doubters of Darwin Los Angeles Times, CA
- Bush boosts alternative evolution theory Boston Globe, United States
- Bush says all theories of life have place in classroom Houston Chronicle, United States
- Bush reignites evolution debate Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN
- Bush wants alternatives to Darwinism taught in school Financial Times, UK
- Bush Remarks On 'Intelligent Design' Theory Set Off Debate Washington Post, United States
- Bush: Schools should teach 'intelligent design' CNN
- Bush Remarks Roil Debate Over Teaching of Evolution New York Times, United States
- Intelligent Design pushed by anti-science exremists The Morning Sun, MI
- Bush and Darwin Tech Central Station, DC
- Charles Darwin, Intelligent Design & The Separation Clause MichNews.com, MI
- American Federation of Teachers Statement on President Bush's ... U.S. Newswire (press release), DC