Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Time-sharing in Mississippi

Transcript of today's show:

Another state capitol is under attack by the anti-Darwin revolution. Mississippi legislator Mike Lott wants state schools to give equal time to creationism, Intelligent Design, and evolution theory. His new bill, House Bill 625, will require science teachers to include all three in their curriculum. Critics are concerned that this bill will provoke disastrous political fallout, in light of the fiascos suffered in Kansas and Pennsylvania last year. What Representative Lott may lack in pragmatism, he makes up for in conviction. [source: National Center for Science Education]

Listen to the 1-minute broadcast of this story [mp3]

Sound Off: Science & Faith. Our point/counterpoint regulars Shelley (the voice of science) and Peter (the voice of faith), comment on the story.

The Voice of Science: Shelley Greene, Ph.D., comments:
Folks wonder why scientists are getting defensive and testy about preserving evolution theory in science curriculum. This inane proposal from Mr. Lott is the very reason. Creation theory and its cousin ID do not belong in SCIENCE classes. If we wish our schoolkids debate the three, let’s do it in a debate or religion class. Frankly, I think that’s a good idea.

The Voice of Faith: Peter Williamson, M.Div., comments:
Representative Lott is a brave soul willing to stand up for truth and decency. Equal time for Darwin and God’s word? Scientist for too long have had a strangle hold on biblical authority, seeking to supplant it with materialism and fallible human intelligence. Yes, I say, it’s about time there be equal time! Science should dare not hold up the scriptures to their critical scrutiny and arrogant doubt. To those of us who believe in God’s word and the story of Genesis, “we hold these truths to be self-evident.” I seem to recall that phrase from an important American document that even scientists support.