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Secularists Angry Over Tennessee Evolution Bill

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*by Wes Moore

Creator, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam is under fire for supporting a bill passed by the Tennessee General Assembly that would “protect teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming,” reports Lucas Johnson of the Associated Press.[i]

The bill is not an endorsement of creation, intelligent design, or religion, nor does it ban the teaching of evolution in public school classrooms. In fact, according to Governor Haslam, “Nothing about the curriculum of the state of Tennessee will change, and the scientific standards won’t change.”

The sponsor of the bill, Bill Dunn, a Knoxville Republican, said, “What the bill says is that as long as you stick to the objective scientific facts, then you can bring [questions] into play. So, if students start asking questions or if there’s debate on it, it’s not a one-sided debate. But it is a fair debate, in that it’s objective scientific facts that are brought forward.”

“Open-Minded” Scientists in an Uproar

As you can imagine, the “fair,” “open-minded,” “go-only-where-the-facts-lead-them” scientists are about to explode. Three of them, who are all members of the National Academy of Sciences, protested, “The Tennessee legislature is doing the unbelievable: attempting to roll the clock back to 1925 by attempting to insert religious beliefs in the teaching of science.”

They also argue that this law, if passed, would likely lead to expensive legal battles that could “hurt the economy in Tennessee.”

Hedy Weinburg, the ACLU executive director for the state, was quoted as saying, “No one doubts the value of critical thinking to any serious course of scientific study, but this legislation is not truly aimed at developing students’ critical thinking skills.”

In her mind, it’s all about religion, which, of course, evolution is not. Johnson, the author of the AP article, wrote that Weinburg suggested, “…allowing students to critique ‘scientific weaknesses’ is language frequently used by those seeking to introduce non-scientific ideas like creationism and intelligent design into science curriculum.”

Why are they so afraid?

Scientists so frequently claim how unbiased they are and how important it is to question conclusions, and yet are so dogmatic and protective of their own biases and preconceived notions about the world.

The charge that challenging scientific “facts” amounts to promoting religion is wrong on at least two grounds. First, it is not the facts that are necessarily in question, it is how those facts are interpreted (although many of the facts that support the biblical model are often kept out of the discussion, and many of today’s “facts” are frequently rewritten tomorrow).

Second, the interpretation of facts known as evolution is in itself a religion. It is an interpretation of the world that places man at the center of everything, god of all he can see, accountable to no one but himself.

This religion is promoted and defended with a zeal seldom seen among Christians. Underlying their scientific-sounding arguments is a heart at war with God, willing to do anything to protect itself from accountability to its true Creator.

Such a virulent reaction to a simple opportunity for others to question their beliefs reveals the strength of their bias and the conviction with which they follow their idols. Not only this, it demonstrates the power of the arguments of the creation movement and its growing influence in the culture.

Pray for Governor

This is ultimately a spiritual battle, and therefore we must pray fervently to God to protect this governor from the onslaught he will no doubt receive until the bill is actually signed. Ask God to guard his courage and strengthen his conviction no matter what is said about him. Pray that the Father will place around him godly, wise creationists who can help him defend his position.

With God’s help, we can gain another victory in this long battle. Pray that it will be so!

 

*Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking.  You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com.

 

 


[i] “Tenn. Governor ‘probably’ will sign evolution bill,” Josh Lucas, Associated Press, as reported on Yahoo! News website. Report available at http://news.yahoo.com/tenn-governor-probably-sign-evolution-bill-205851280.html. All quotes in this article are from this source.

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  • Robert Benitez

    Thank You Tennesse
    for standing up for the Truth. Science? The Bible talks so much about science.
    It is about time to rise up against those that believe in monkey’s or billions of whatever and so forth. They have their god, and its a false god of destruction. These scientist belief in whatever is contrary to the GOD of the Universe. They do the bidding of satan. These people have no sense of value and interest in human life.

  • Steve Baloga

    As a Knoxvillian this does not surprise me of my representative Bill Dunn. But I always pegged Haslam as a bit milquetoast. Good for him for showing a spine, assuming the bill makes it thru the legislature and he signs it.

    Why are the evolutionists always running scared? Hmmm. Telling isn’t it?

  • http://www.silverliningministry.com. Ron

    I trust we will get along with the bill and have it signed. Never mind the lunatics who believe that nothing can bring forth life, galaxies, plant life, and humans! Soon they will realize their sickness only leads to extinction.

  • Jill

    Global warming is a myth. I work in schools they teach it over and over again.

  • http://cultbustersgalactica.yuku.com/directory Jeff Franklin

    Secularists Angry Over
    Tennessee Evolution Bill

    Good article BUT: I have read Creation Revolution many times before and they are usually right on message. But here it seems they are bending over backwards to be trendy and politically correct in labeling what everyone knows to be arrogant, militant, intolerant Atheists as the soft soap propaganda label: “SECULARISTS”.

    It should be obvious to everyone that Atheists are running hard and fast away from what they are, what we have always known them to be: Atheists.

    Now they come up with these meaningless, softer ways to describe themselves and sell their lies: “Humanists, Secularists…” might as well call themselves warm and fuzzy teddy bears. Bogus Newspeak!

    Like I belabor the point about political leftists, many of them not harmless liberals but actual Communists, Socialists, falsely calling themselves “Progressives”. Such hogwash! And I have written many Conservative columnists criticizing them for enabling the Leftist indoctrination campaign to rewrite history in order to deceptively mislabel themselves such to sell us all what they are selling which is undesirable to all: totalitarianism.

    Now it seems that believers in God, theists, are enabling the militant Atheist propaganda campaign by calling them what Atheists want to be called. Sheesh! Knock it off!

    Call Atheists what they have always been called for centuries so we know who you are talking about. Reject and discard this bogus Newspeak propaganda labels “Secularists, Humanists” and let’s all just stick to the past and current vernacular… Atheists!

    Point is would you hire an Atheist to babysit your children?

    But you might entrust a “Humanist” to care for your children, wouldn’t you? Humanists seem warm, fuzzy and… Human! Right?

    Too bad for them some Atheists don’t want to be called Atheists anymore and are trying to deceive us what they truly are. If they are really ashamed of Atheism then they should find another belief that they could be proud of.

    I am proud to call myself a Christian and try to live up to the ways of Christ commanded us to.

    But to this fake propaganda campaign Atheists are trying to spoon feed us… I ain’t buying it and neither should anyone else.

    The Article headline should have read:

    “Atheists Angry Over Tennessee Evolution Bill”

    Atheists are Atheists!

  • Andy94538

    Who says evolution is not a religious doctrine? It is part of our de facto state religion, Secular Humanism. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that evolution, along with reincarnation, is part of some forms of Hindu religious doctrine.

    Evolution, along with “old earth” theory, carries with it a “scientific (sic)” veneer that hides fallacious assumptions any beginning logic student would quickly identify as invalid logic. It has, to give an example, become well known that the “evidence (sic)” for evolution ASSUMES evolution, a form of circular logic identified as invalid on its face. This bill allows questioning of secondary assumptions and weasel-worded explanations put forth as “fact (sic)” by evolutionists, things that are PREDICTED” by the scientific creation model. You do not even have to bring the Creator into this discussion. The criticism can stand on its own. Is this what the evolutions are afraid of?

    • Luke

      Great point Andy, it’s the one I have been using in my discussions as well. The “theory” of evolution and it’s philosophical offspring (communism, secular humanism, hedonism, and atheism) match the basic definition of “religion.” The shield of “science” has been an amazing smoke-screen to cloud this argument.

  • RevRMBWest

    Evolutionists often berate their opponents as creationists, not realising that Evolution itself is a form of creationism: self-creationism by accident and time rather than be design and intent!

    It only has to be put like this to be made to seem absurd, which is what it is.

  • Wendy

    Great. I hope this law goes through. I also wish the teaching of ancient history, how it actually is recorded, would also be required in school. The history that evolutionists have taken out. That all or most ancient civilizations knew the earth was about, what would now be about 6000 years old, that the whole world was flooded except for one family and some animals in a huge boat, and the Tower of Babel. Also, that there are dinosaur stories in every culture around the world, from the beginning of written record all the way to the 1500s in some places and some stories even more recent. Old science books have various dinosaurs classified along with other animals of the time. Enclopedia Britannica has the world’s history matching the Bible and other ancient writings.

    The history of the past should be taught. How dare have we let atheists take over science and pretend their evolution religion is science and censor out the true historical past of the whole world.

  • Thomas

    In General, all theory is assumption, and assumptions always cloud the facts. The day that people stop calling God’s word a theology, there will come a great awaking. God’s word is not some theory that mankind must think about. The Word of God is straight forward in its teachings. It leaves no room for doubt at all, except one group, the unbelieving group.

    How strong is God’s science? I give two examples, one from the Old Testament, and one from the New. In the Old we find; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

    Now, this speaks of the ways and thoughts of God, which cover God’s actions as well as God’s knowledge where science is concerned. Verses 10 and 11 of these verses of scripture apply to some of the science that God employs; “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” What does this mean, and how strong is the science of God? Can man create a fish in the water, can he create a cow from the dust?

    The New Testament adds to this mystery in Hebrews 1:10-12; “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”

    What does this tell us? It states that the heavens and all the stars are as a garment or a vesture, such as a table cloth, that God can fold or spread as easily as mankind can cover a table with a vesture (tablecloth), or fold and store the universe in a closet like a garment.

    I note here a mention of Global warming, and the person said it is a myth, but it is no myth, not in the science of God, in that science it is explained very well. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Revelation 16:8 states; “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.” However, these Vials of the Wrath of God are all overlapping, and verse 9 states; “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”

    Now, while the sun begins to “scorch” men, it is at about the time these events can be seen in alignment with Matthew 24:24; “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

    But then, when the time is right, comes the fifth Vail which will be poured upon the seat of Satan.

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