The Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky has this amazing story: Hart schools chief: Evolution is viewed as fact in state test. Lexington is known as the “Horse Capital of the World.” That description may need to be slightly modified after this news becomes generally known. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Hart County’s school superintendent is arguing that a new test that Kentucky high school students will take for the first time next spring will treat evolution as fact, not theory, and will require schools to teach that way.
Superintendent Ricky D. Line raised the issue in recent letters and email messages to state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Kentucky Board of Education members. Line wants them to reconsider the “Blueprint” for Kentucky’s new end-of-course test in biology.
Gasp — evolution in Kentucky? How horrible! Good ol’ Ricky Line is gonna save the day. The tale continues:
Line contends that the Blueprint essentially would “require students to believe that humans … evolved from primates such as apes and … were not created by God.”
“I have a very difficult time believing that we have come to a point … that we are teaching evolution … as a factual occurrence, while totally omitting the creation story by a God who is bigger than all of us,” he wrote. “My feeling is if the Commonwealth’s site-based councils, school board members, superintendents and parents were questioned … one would find this teaching contradictory to the majority’s belief systems.”
Hey, genius — that’s why Kentucky needs to teach this in the schools! Here’s another quote from Ricky:
“My argument is, do we want our children to be taught these things as facts? Personally, I don’t,” Line said. “I don’t think life on earth began as a one-celled organism. I don’t think that all of us came from a common ancestor … I don’t think the Big Bang theory describes the explanation of the origin of the universe.”
The man does his own thinking. We’d give him an “F+” to reward him for trying. Ricky was told that: “The vast majority of scientists contend that evolution is an accepted cornerstone of modern science, and that there is no real scientific debate over the concept.”
But they can’t fool ol’ Ricky. This was his response:
Line counters that “it’s interesting that the great majority of scientists felt Pluto was a planet until a short time ago, and now they have totally changed that. There are scientists who don’t believe that evolution happened.”
See there? Those infernal scientists were wrong about Pluto, and they’re wrong about evolution too! Tell ’em, Ricky baby!
Okay now, we know what you’re thinking: We’ve discussed everything in our title except Uranus, and you’re wondering where the fabled Seventh Planet fits into the big picture. You’ll have to ask Ricky. We suspect that anyone who uses the reclassification of Pluto as an argument against science has thought deeply about Uranus.
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