*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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