Friday, June 06, 2008

Texas hold'em chronicles

In the continuing Texas hold'em series (first one posted here and more here), this is one on creationism.

From the Times: Starting this summer, the state education board will determine the curriculum for the next decade and decide whether the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution should be taught. The benign-sounding phrase, some argue, is a reasonable effort at balance. But critics say it is a new strategy taking shape across the nation to undermine the teaching of evolution, a way for students to hear religious objections under the heading of scientific discourse.

Here are interesting viewpoints from the chairman of the Texas education board, Dr. Don McLeroy:

On Evolution: I just don’t think it’s true.

On Geology: Earth’s appearance is a recent geologic event — thousands of years old, not 4.5 billion.

On Religion: I believe a lot of incredible things. The most incredible thing I believe is the Christmas story. That little baby born in the manger was the god that created the universe.

Circle of Pietro Ricchi Il Lucchese (1606 - 1676), 'The Temptation of Saint Anthony of Padua', oil on canvas, 36" X 52"

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