This is like watching “Son of the Bride of Frankenstein Returns Again.” We last wrote about this guy more than a year ago, in Georgia Creationism: It’s Bob Staples Again. He was a familiar name even then. We said:
Last year we wrote Creationist Rumblings in Georgia. That was about good ol’ Bob Staples, a member of the Villa Rica Church of Christ, who went to a meeting of the Carroll County Board of Education and asked the Board to start teaching creationism because, in his words: “Evolution is a theory in crisis and harmful to our progress.”
In today’s news we learn — would you believe it? — the same thing that happened last year has happened again! Same guy, same school board, same issue.
Well, dear reader, good ol’ Bob Staples is in the news again. We found this at the website of WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Their headline is Church wants evolution theory out of science classes. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A Carroll County church wants Georgia schools to stop teaching evolution as fact.
Educators across the country are now developing what’s called the “next generation of science standards.” A member of the Villa Rica Church of Christ told Channel 2’s Diana Davis evolution should not be a part of those standards.
They’ve got a picture of ol’ Bob at that website. He’s just what you’d expect. Let’s read on:
“It’s bad science, and it’s bad for the culture,” according to Villa Rica’s Church of Christ’s Bob Staples. Staples and his church are fighting for schools to include another view.
And, uh, what would that other view be? The story continues:
“What message are we sending to our children when they come away saying, ‘I’m an ape with less hair?'” asks the church pastor, Patrick Gray.
Now there’s a preacher with a firm grip on the subject. Here’s more:
Staples, who is a college math teacher, serves on a state committee that is working to develop science standards for education. More than 20 other states are part of the same group. In a letter to the state board science committee Staples said, “Presenting evolution as fact should be a concern to all Georgians. That evolution is not a fact of science and shouldn’t be taught.”
Committee meetings must be quite an experience. Moving along:
“To teach it as a fact is lying to people,” Staples told Davis. Staples told Davis he believes in the literal meaning of the Bible: That god created heaven and Earth.
Somehow, we thought that might be what Bob had in mind. Another excerpt:
He said people of faith can’t have it both ways. “You cannot read Genesis 1 and 2 and also agree with evolution. They are contrary to each other. They are contradictory,” Staples said.
Come to think of it, the man has a point. On with the article:
In his letter to the state science committee, he claims the teaching of evolution since the 1960s has contributed to what he sees as a decline in American morals. “The crime rate, child abuse, divorce. All of these things rose from a period following the implementation of teaching Darwinian Theory,” Staples said.
But something else happened in the 1960s. It was in 1961 that John Whitcomb and Henry Morris wrote The Genesis Flood, which was the start of “modern” young-earth creationism. Hey, Bob: Maybe that was the cause of society’s problems? The timing is suspicious!
Anyway, now we come to the end:
The public has until Friday to comment on the new science standards. They’re due to be finalized by the beginning of next year.
We certainly hope they get things straightened out. But with good ol’ Bob Staples on the job, there’s nothing to worry about.
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