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Monday, May 02, 2005


"The Kansas Board of Education has scheduled six days of courtroom-style hearings (on teaching evelution) to begin Thursday in Topeka. More than two dozen witnesses will give testimony and be subject to cross-examination, with the majority expected to argue against teaching evolution." - CNN

Tow dozen witnesses? How is that possible? "Yes, your honor, I saw God create the world in seven days. I remember being greatly impressed. I figured it'd take a month at least, but that God, he's a workaholic." Or: "Yes, I knew Mr. Darwin. A total loon your honor, in fact he never left England, the Beagle was a tree-house in Surrey."

"I feel like I'm in a time warp here," said Topeka attorney Pedro Irigonegaray who has agreed to defend evolution as valid science. "To debate evolution is similar to debating whether the Earth is round. It is an absurd proposition."

"Talking about creationism in biology class is like talking about nudism in sewing class." -- Chris Pace

Debating evolution in court is like debating creation in court. Absolutely meaningless.

Evolution is fact, not theory. Natural selection is a theory (and a pretty good one), punctuated equilibrium is a theory (also a pretty good one). Creationism, if it were subject to the scientific method, could also be called a theory, but of course it's not subject to the scientific method, so all bets are off.

Evolution is simply the change in the genetic makeup of a population over time. If you doubt its existence, just look at a few domestic dogs.

This kind of shit drives me crazy, and not just 'cause I was a bio major. Courts wasting time (and taxpayers' money) on this kind of stuff is like Congress holding hearings about steroids in baseball. Aren't there thousands of kids going to sleep hungry every night? Isn't our public schools system in enough of a shambles? Don't we have anything better to do?

Jackson makes a good point. Who are you going to call as an expert witness for this one? Neither side will pay any heed to the other anyhow.

What a waste of time.
This is one of those issues out there on the wire that you guys ought to be glad you live in NY and not the deep south. Not a day goes by that I don't pick up the paper and half to read either an article, op/ed piece, or letter to the editor singing the creationism song.

True fucking idiots. So insecure in their faith, so insecure in their life that they need this issue to validate thier belief in a higher power.

Proves my belief that ancient religious text was born out of a need to explain cosmology to uneducated farmers and sheepherders and somewhere along the way it morphed into dogma.

Complete and utter waste of the courts time.
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