Imagine a scientist from Japan or India or some other place where he had never heard of the creation account in Genesis (or its Islamic counterpart). If he were to honestly and systematically consider the objectively verifiable evidence in reaching scientific conclusions (as a scientist should), then:
1. It would never occur to him that the world is only 6,000 years old (see How Old is the Earth);
2. It would never occur to him that there had been a miles-deep global flood about 3,000 years ago (see The Geologic Column and its Implications for the Flood);
3. It would never occur to him that all species lived at the same time (see The Fossil Record: Evolution or “Scientific Creation” [Note: that link to Clifford A. Cuffey’s article seems to be bad], see also Taxonomy, Transitional Forms, and the Fossil Record); and
4. He would inevitably conclude that all species evolved over time, are related by common descent, and that the relationships are becoming more clear all the time (see Tree of Life Web Project ).
Because creationism doesn’t have any evidentiary support — indeed, the evidence contradicts creationism — it has no scientific standing. Therefore, it is properly regarded as a religious doctrine. There’s nothing wrong with that, and creationists are free to believe whatever they like; but the point is that there’s nothing scientific about such beliefs.
Despite the disgraceful denials of creation “scientists” (including Intelligent Design devotees), if you scrape away the thin veneer of sloppily slapped-on scientific jargon, you’ll find a religiously motivated ideologue. Their unfathomable fanaticism does not constitute a scientific controversy; nor does their indefatigable persistence indicate a weakness in the theory of evolution.
Therefore, under both state and federal Constitutional principles, creationism — in all its ever-changing guises — has no place in the science classes of government schools.
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