ACLU - Dogma, not science matters
WorldNetDaily has a pretty decent piece on the ACLU attacking a Pennsylvania school's plan to teach other theories besides evolution.
The problem with this is that, as few know, evolution is not science, but philosophy. It is not even a theory. It remains a hypothesis, as it has not been exposed to the scientific method. And the same with the creationist/intelligent design paradigm. But the problem is that the ACLU, which is uninterested in the civil liberties of anyone but the far left and which files lawsuits to enforce a fiercely secularized society, ignores that fact. And it shows by what is in this other WND article where an Atlanta school placed a disclaimer on a school book explaining that evolution isn't all there is to the debate on the origins of life. So, the ACLU attorney contends that the Atlanta school board is, "doing more than accommodating religion. They are promoting religious dogma to all students." What did the label say? You might want to get the kids out of the room...here goes:
"This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."
And I thought it was a good thing to have an open mind. But that's the whole thing...the left, and their legal arm, the aforementioned ACLU, do not want students to approach evolution with an open mind, but rather to swallow it whole. And this is a manifestation of one of the central tenets of liberalism--strict orthodoxy. So when children are told to think for themselves about the origins of life on earth, these people cast it as an ex cathedra edict from the Vatican being taught in public schools. The left cannot bear criticism because on some level, they know that their beliefs, economic, social, and religious are tried and failed.
Whatever one thinks of the idea that we were created by an intelligent being, it is actually a heck of a lot more believable than the notion that inanimate chemicals intelligently and perfectly formed to create us. And given a fossil record that reveals no transitional species ("missing links") it seems that evolution requires a heck of a lot more faith to believe than an intelligent design or creationist point of view. And that would be faith of the "blind" variety.
Evolution seemed a fine proposal, but it was one with a preexisting agenda. Darwin wanted to explain the beginnings of life in the absence of God. But the evidence does not support it. Check the writings and research of the late Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard University. Gould was a staunch evolutionist but admitted that the evidence did not support the hypothesis, and often proposed alternate ideas to explain the development of organized life when others failed.
But the secular left has latched on to evolution because it matches their world view of a God-absent universe. And whether they call it that or not, that's a religious belief. And they're cramming it down our throats. So the school, by doing its job in encouraging children to fairly look at these unproven ideas, failing to favor one over the other, but explaining that both are to be equally and critically examined has run afoul of the thought police of the left.
How narrow-minded. How dogmatic. How typical.