Thursday, October 05, 2006
“We want to tell people what exactly science is, what is the scientific method,” said Dimitra Atri, a graduate student in astrophysics and member of the new group. “We see (evolution) as a fact like we see that the Earth is round.”They have a blog here and a nice write-up in the Lawrence [Kansas] Journal-World here.
It’ll never be over. There will always be a controversy over facts relating to where we come from.
Calvert said such groups [as KU Students for Science] aren’t neutral. He said they are “evangelists” for a “materialistic theory of origins.”Of course, Calvert is wrong about evolution being per se a materialistic theory of origins, as the support of theists who are scientists, such as Ken Miller, Francis Collins, Fr. George Coyne and many others, show and as the acceptance of evolutionary theory by many religious organizations demonstrates. What Calvert really is saying is that evolution is not compatible with his narrow sectarian theology that he wants to impose on everyone through the use of public tax money. Nor is Calvert justified in saying that evolutionary theory is a "gospel" to those students in this new group.
“They have their own gospel, and it’s a different gospel,” he said.
But Calvert can be presumed to know his own heart, so any past claims that his crusade to change the science standards was all about the science, and not about his gospel, stand refuted.
For the sake of the next generation, let's hope there are lots of young men and women willing to show Calvert and the others who would pervert science into sectarian religion just what they think of them.