Friday, March 28, 2008
There is not much else to say, except that this is the type of person who may decide what kind of education Florida's children will get:
To ensure I don't wallow in the same undefined morass as the Darwinists, "microevolution" would be the proven part of evolutionary theory that includes things like a bacterium becoming resistant to antibiotics and cows being bred to have more meat. "Macroevolution" is Darwin's original theory that all life stems from a common single-celled ancestor.Note the definition of "microevolution" as "evolution that even I can't deny." Despite the massive amount of evidence for common descent and his ignorance of what the fossil records really shows, Mr. Kemple insists that "macroevolution" is "unproven" and a "religion."
Macroevolution is entirely unproven. It hypothesizes that our original "ancestor" went through a series of gradual changes that led to it becoming a new type of organism. It further hypothesizes that through thousands of iterations of this process, you and I are here today. There is no fossil evidence of this happening nor has it ever been replicated in the laboratory.
The sole purpose of the Academic Freedom Act that Storms introduced is to protect teachers and students from persecution if their investigation of evolution leads them to conclusions that differ with the "party line" as it's stated in the standards.
Yet, those who are using the authority of the Florida Department of Education to impose the religion of evolution are railing against Storms and claiming she is using her position to introduce religious teaching into the classroom when that's exactly what they are doing!
- Terry Kemple, president of Community Issues Council, The Tampa Tribune, "What's The Fuss About Evolution?", March 28, 2008
This is, of course, a sample of the bilge that Floridians can expect to be called "germane current facts, data, and peer-reviewed research" if this law is passed.
It's pretty hard to "prove" anything to someone with his fingers buried knuckle-deep in his ears, his eyes screwed tight shut and humming "Nearer My God to Thee" as loud as he can.