An Expert at the School Board
I want to thank you for inviting me here today. I shall get to point. The question is whether Creationism should be taught in public schools as part of state mandated standards for science education. Of which creation myth do you speak? Hindu theologies teach there are multiple worlds, created and destroyed eternally and the world is then an empty ocean. Lord Vishnu is left alone on the back of the great snake, Ananta. A lotus flower springs from his belly and this becomes Lord Brahma, from whom all creation springs. If this sounds strange you, I suggest you consider how the Hindi view Christian Creationism. The Hindu are incredulous that anyone could believe that an invisible old man made the world in six days and created man from a ball of mud. The point is that neither of these theories are scientific fact. They require a suspension of disbelief and blind faith. I believe that physics and Darwinian evolution is sufficient to explain the creation of the world.
Should public policy makers or religious leaders have any influence on the work
of the scientific community?
In 1633 Galileo Galilei was imprisoned by the Christian church for teaching that the Sun is stationary and the Earth is in orbit around it. In 1992 the church decided that perhaps it had made an error. In 2001 the Bush regime acquiesced to its power base, a small group of Evangelical Christens and cut off all federal aid to embryonic stem cell research when a majority of Americans support it. Scientists say that the United States has been set back years by this ban, losing not only valuable time, but losing scientists who have fled to more enlightened realms. It is interesting to note that even Pew Forum on line polls show pro research at 51 % (Pewforum.org). “The Senate gets it. The public gets it. The House gets it. Why doesn’t the president of the United States get it?” asked Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), saying that a Gallup Poll shows 64% of Americans support the measure (Washingtonpost.com). While ethics and morality should have a voice, they have no right to a veto of science or the teaching thereof.
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Washingtonpost.com House Votes to Ease Limits on Stem Cell Research
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