Faith in evolution
I would like to comment on an article from your Editorial Roundup of 8-11 A.D. 2005, from the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on teaching intelligent design in schools.
The article states: "I.D. (Intelligent Design) as proponents call it, is not science ... The problem is that its predicated on ideas untested and untestable by scientific research. It's faith disguised as science"
The real problem is, that is an accurate description of the theory of evolution. Evolution is unproven and unprovable; that's why it's just a theory. If we are going to keep I.D. out of the government schools because it's just faith, then we should keep evolution out for the same reason. Because, evolution is a faith, it is a religion.
Dr. Arthur Field says: "Evolution is based upon belief in the reality of the unseen belief in fossils that cannot be produced, in embryological evidence that does not exist and belief in breeding experiments that refuse to come off'."
Dr. John Howitt of London: "Evolution is based and accepted on faith alone: for three-fourths of the record is non-existent and there are gaps which are systematic that cannot be covered." (where are the intermediate links?)
In the 100th anniversary edition of Darwin's book, A. Harrison Matthews, a leading scientist and evolutionist said: "Belief in the theory of evolution is thus exactly parallel to belief in special creation. It is a faith"
I would like to make a few more comments about our public (government) schools: I can personally remember when the bar was lowered in 1962 or 1963. A passing grade was lowered to 60 percent from 80 percent. The thought that immediately crossed my mind was, "I can relax now, I don't have to try so hard."
The U.S.A. spends more money per student than any nation in the world, with abysmal results. In comparative examinations with the 17 leading industrialized nat-ion of the world, America came out last in two categories and first in none. We have sunk beyond the educational level of Albania down to the educational level of Zambia and the Ivory Coast. The Rutherford report states, "Six percent of High School seniors can read a newspaper editorial, write a two-page essay, and complete a two step math problem." That's 6 percent. A blue ribbon panel appointed by the President in the mid-80s to examine our educational failures concluded that "It was so bad that if a foreign power had done to our public schools what the public schools have done to themselves, it would be considered an act of war" In San Francisco, 50 percent of the 17-year-olds in a public school did not know where the Pacific Ocean is.
The above quotes are from a sermon by Dr. D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, titled "The Dumbing Down Of America."
The Columbine High School Massacre is reason enough to make Intelligent Design a required course in every government school.
(Teach them that they are animals, and some will believe that they really are.)
George R. Anderson