The Hambo-Nye debate is jamming all our news sweeps, which makes it nearly impossible to find anything else to blog about. But we’re going to give it a try. Here are a few items that our sensors detected during the past few days that are worthy of your attention.
Indiana’s rapidly expanding voucher program, which funnels millions of taxpayer dollars into private schools, now funds some Christian schools that teach creationism or intelligent design. Laws and court rulings limit what the state’s public and charter schools can teach in science classes based on separation of church and state challenges. But the curricula of private schools that enroll voucher students haven’t reached the courtroom.
We’ve written about this problem in other states — for example, see Louisiana’s Creationist Voucher School Program. It seems that when the legislature makes taxpayers’ money available, all the filth and slime in the state will start grabbing for it and making sleazy deals with friendly lawmakers. That’s what makes politics such a respected occupation. One more excerpt from the Indiana story:
Students attending private schools received $81 million of state-funded vouchers for the 2013-14 school year, but it’s unknown how much goes to schools that teach creationism or similar doctrine. Five area Christian schools that confirmed students are taught creationism or intelligent design, or included curriculum information on their websites stating that they do not teach evolution, received a combined $3.9 million in state-funded vouchers.
That’s how it goes. If you want to get further depressed, read the whole story.
Now we’ll move on to the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky, in which we find From creationist to scientist; personal journey reflects debate hurdle for ‘science guy’. This is a fantastic article, and we think you should read it all. It’s by David MacMillan, who says:
I grew up steeped in creationism. I was homeschooled with creationist curriculum, my family took us to creationist conferences, and I was deeply proud that I knew the real story about evolution and the age of the Earth. I was taught there was absolutely no way the universe could be explained without creationism. Evolution was a fairytale based on faith; creation was good science.
My proudest teenage achievement was mowing lawns to earn $1,000 so I could help build the Creation Museum. My donation earned me lifetime free admission, a polo shirt and my name engraved in the lobby.
We wrote about an episode like that, but it probably wasn’t the same guy — see Ken Ham Gets a Quick $1K. Returning to the article in the newspaper:
On two occasions I even wrote featured articles for the Answers In Genesis website — a high honor for a teen.
I’m writing all this because I don’t know many people who were as far into the creation science movement as I was and came out of it.
Did you get that? This is a rare case of someone who saved himself from insanity. We know you’ll want to read all of it.
Our last item is from PhysOrg: Archaeologists pinpoint the date when domesticated camels arrived in Israel. No doubt you’re wondering why anyone should care when camels were domesticated in Israel. Don’t be so dismissive. Read a little bit from that article, and maybe you’ll agree with us that we’ll be hearing more about these beasts:
Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph, and Jacob. But archaeologists have shown that camels were not domesticated in the Land of Israel until centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs (2000-1500 BCE). In addition to challenging the Bible’s historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes.
In all the digs, they found that camel bones were unearthed almost exclusively in archaeological layers dating from the last third of the 10th century BCE or later – centuries after the patriarchs lived and decades after the Kingdom of David, according to the Bible. The few camel bones found in earlier archaeological layers probably belonged to wild camels, which archaeologists think were in the southern Levant from the Neolithic period or even earlier.
When we add the bible’s retroactive camels to the evidence of an earlier Ark that was round, we don’t know what to think any more. So we’ve decided to stop thinking; from now on we’re going to rely entirely on faith. Everything should be much easier that way.
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