Richard Dawkins rightly castigates Republican Presidential candidates for claiming that they don’t believe in evolution.
They’re lying, he believes, to pander to ignorance in the electorate.
What ever happened, I wonder, to the push for STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Do we only claim to want to train students in STEM, except not really in science, only in pseudo-science?
Dawkins said it well—we don’t teach the old church doctrine that the sun revolves around the world because it is demonstrably false; it is not opinion that the earth revolves around the sun.
Similarly, it is a fact that the earth and its various species appeared and evolved over billions of years, not six days. Claiming a place for creationism is the public school curriculum is an ominous overstep of religion into the public sphere.
There is plenty of room for religion or spirituality in our lives, including in our public debates about policies. Scientists do not have the answers to many pressing human issues, and it is depressing when scientists appear not to understand the richness of the human experience as reflected through the religious texts.
But our best and brightest young people should be led to uphold the values of truth in science. Miss America Beauty Pageant contestants should be disqualified for saying they aren’t sure about evolution, or aren’t sure it ought to be taught in schools. These smart women should be leading through example.
We look with dismay and outrage at what we consider to be ignorant people “overseas” who for religious fervor trample on the accomplishments of previous civilizations—ISIS destroying ancient monuments in Palmyra, Syria, for example.
Where is our outrage toward so-called leaders today who destroy the accomplishments of science in evolution in order to appeal to religious fervor at home?
We surely cannot push forward to create an economic development of innovation when our minds are firmly locked in the Old Testament.