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Evolutionism in the Schools: The Kansas Board of Education Decision
a Letter to USA Today by Tom Willis
The Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) decision not to
require students to believe macro evolution generated enormous
press coverage. Most of what I have read has been uninformed
and untrue. The typical claim is that the debate is one of
"science vs religion," evolution being science. If evolution
were defined as mutations and adaptation, it would be science.
But the conviction that fish sired lizards, or "ape-like"
creatures sired man, has not one shred of scientific evidence.
Karl Popper, the world's most revered philosopher of science
stated emphatically, "It is important to note that evolution is
not science... it is a metaphysical research program." Michael
Ruse, the philosopher of science most responsible for the
evolutionism victory in the Arkansas "Creation Trial," recently
stated "Evolution is a religion and always has been." Thus the
two leading (evolutionist) philosophers in the last 50 years
stated flatly that evolution is religion. Furthermore, every
scientist knows all scientific theories are tentative.
The standards the board rejected, largely from the National
Academy of Science (a tiny group - 72% atheist), treated all
theories as tentative but evolution, and would have required
students to believe they descended from pond scum, evolution
created everything in the cosmos and science can be done only if
you "understand" evolution. Or the students could lie on the
tests, or flunk.
Evolutionist mythology destroyed Germany, the communist block
and has undermined US social fabric possibly beyond repair.
The Kansas School Board never promoted creation or religion.
They succinctly stated four obvious truths: science is
tentative, it should not be taught dogmatically, students should
not be required to believe theories, evidence and logic
unfavorable to popular theories should not be censored from
students. Because fish to lizard and billions of years have no
solid scientific evidence, the KSBE said (essentially), "You can
teach these ideas if you wish, but we will not require students
My conviction is that KSBE enemies and media got one thing
right, this is a battle between science and religion. Most
people believe evolutionism by faith. The KSBE decision
Tom Willis is President of the Creation Science Association for