The creationists are forever insisting that their nonsense “theories” should be taught in public school science class in order to enhance “critical thinking” so the children can decide things for themselves. After all, they always ask: What are we afraid of?
Ah, but that’s their line only when trying to bully their way into the public schools. When it comes to their own schools or homeschooling, where they’re in control, their attitude is quite different. Look what appears today at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo).
Their new article is Should Homeschoolers Let Children Decide on Evolution? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
How should Christian homeschooling parents approach topics like biological evolution, big bang cosmology, and the age of the earth? Christianity Today’s recent article “A New Creation Story: Why do more homeschoolers want evolution in their textbooks?” suggests that science materials that present “all viewpoints” about origins are becoming more popular.
This is the article AIG is complaining about. It says:
Christian homeschool science textbooks have long taught young earth creationism (YEC) almost exclusively. But observers say a growing number of parents want texts that also teach evolution.
AIG doesn’t like that at all. Here’s what they say about it:
Do modern homeschooling parents need to adopt “a new creation story” to ensure their children’s success? Do twenty-first-century children need to be taught to accept evolution to succeed academically? Will teaching them to accept evolution hurt their relationship with God? Or would accepting evolution, as some suggest, somehow make them better Christians by merging old ideas with new? Or to express the fear of many parents, “If I don’t teach them to accept evolution, will they grow up stupid and fail in life?”
Good questions. Let’s read on:
Some people suggest that children should be presented with a smorgasbord of evidence and encouraged to choose the position they find makes the best case, preferably blending mainstream science with whichever parts of faith can be made to fit. A number of those quoted in Christianity Today’s article are of this opinion.
AIG disagrees. They say:
It is particularly important for science textbooks to acknowledge that God’s Word is trustworthy. Observable, scientific facts will never violate God’s Word when properly understood but rather affirm it. In fact, the history of creation and the global Flood are not only consistent with scientific observations, but they also can help explain what we observe in the world.
Of course. No doubt. That’s what good science is all about. AIG continues:
When Christian parents compromise on scriptural truth by twisting it to make it fit with the claims of evolution regarding abiogenesis, the rise of biological complexity, and the age of the earth and universe, they risk causing irreparable, faith-damaging harm to their own children.
Irreparable harm! Egad — teaching evolution is child abuse! Oh, speaking of child abuse, see this by the same author: Is It Child Abuse to Teach Christianity to Your Children? Dawkins Thinks So. It’s simple, really. Creationists aren’t abusing children, it’s those Darwinists who are doing it. Nice, huh? Okay, let’s skip to the end:
Truth is not multiple choice. Christian parents hoping to equip their children for spiritual and academic success do not need to use materials that promote evolution. They do not need textbooks offering a selection of “YEC, evolutionary creationism, intelligent design, and atheistic evolution,” as one BioLogos-backed project is developing. They need to choose textbooks that measure all truth according to the yardstick of God’s Word. Only then will they help their children build the biblical worldview they need to face the onslaughts of a world that is increasingly hostile to God.
So there you are. Should we let the children decide? No! Just teach them The Truth™ of creationism and they’ll be prepared to face the modern world.
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