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Creation vs. Evolution.

Today's WTF, courtesy of ... The Netherlands!

EMMEN - All Dutch people will receive a brochure in the mail at the end of february, that wants to put the evolution theory up for discussion. Conservative Christian organisations that believe that God created the world in six days are responsible for the text. 6.6 million copies of the brochure will be printed over the next month. The coördinator of the campaign, also chairman of the Bible & Education Society says that the evolution theory is a faith and just as impossible to prove as the Creation theory.

Followers of the evolution theory have already designed a mailbox sticker that will hopefully prevent them from getting the brochure in the mail. The first batch of the sticker with the text "YES evolution, NO creation" has already sold out. Christian organisations are working on their own sticker with the exact opposite text.

A total of 30 organisations support the Creational Action Committee that was founded for the campaign. They will finance the event that will cost around 250.000 Euro (US$ 320.000). "Our goal is to put a discussion in motion. On many schools the evolution theory is seen as absolute truth. There may be some attention to Creation but teachers say that the theory isn't true. Plus there's no questions on Creation in any exam. We believe that children have a right to hear both sides."

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nefariouscory
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
PLEASE EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO INTO A FROTHING RAGE.
hackrabbit
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I could use that as a bookmark for my Bible! :D
skunktaur
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Pfft...

In school I got Bible Studies (christian Gymnasium) and later on there was Social Economics. I learned plenty about the bible, creation theory and at least seven other religions. And I had to do a test on that subject matter.

Seriously though. I have only one thing to say about this.
"Thy shallt keep thy religion to thyself!"

So that's seven things, also, I will frame this brochure if I get it.
damanique
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of that icon: "Evolution is a theory... just like gravity". :P

Creationism isn't a theory, it's a belief. There is no scientific evidence to back it up, unlike evolution. Evolution may not have 100% proof, but it certainly has more than Creationism ever will - all that they have is the words people wrote in an old book. Doesn't really match up to tenthousands of carbon-dated fossils.

Seriously, the world was made in six days and we all started from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? Who seriously believes that? There are decent things in the Bible, but that is just a fairytale. The Little Mermaid is more realistic than that. Plus, the whole Adam/Eve thing: really oppressive towards women. (Since women are made out to be the treacherous bimbos who got humanity kicked out of paradise). So yeah, I'll take my chances and go with evolution, thanks...
swandog
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I agree that children should be exposed to both theories in school, since both ARE just that--theories, and then allowed to choose for themselves. I also think children should be taught about all the different major religions, to decide for themselves what to believe (or not to believe). At least, that's what they do here in Norway, and it seems to work just fine.
thaily
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
The word "theory" has a different connotation in the world of science, as Damanique says gravity is also referred to as a theory.

"There is no sharp line between speculation, hypothesis, theory, principle, and fact, but only a difference along a sliding scale, in the degree of probability of the idea. When we say a thing is a fact, then, we only mean that its probability is an extremely high one: so high that we are not bothered by doubt about it and are ready to act accordingly. Now in this use of the term fact, the only proper one, evolution is a fact."

http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/simpson_evolution.html
swandog
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Gravity is a fact, evolution isn't; it hasn't been proven as gravity has...so I have to disagree with you there. But I'm not here to debate this time-worn issue; I just wanted to say that I felt kids should equally exposed to both theories in school, and allowed to decide for themselves.
swandog
Jan. 30th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
P.S. For the record, I attended two different high schools, one a private Christian school that only taught Creationism, and the other a public school that only taught evolution, and I never felt that either approach was fair, so I much prefer the "equal exposure" way they do it here.
kaelin_tiger
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
What the.. My parents live there! Heck, I'm there writing this very reply!

I.. I don't get it.. >.>
lasttowin
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Ah, believe what you want.........
......Darwin was adopted.
charreed
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
The way some evolution zealots act, their level of faith in the theory far surpasses many Christian creationists... There is a point, whether you believe in evolution or creationism, where you just have to accept it at blind faith. They still haven't found the "missing link" to without-a-doubt prove that humans evolved from the lower apes. Lucy is close, but not quite. It's going to be incredibly hard to prove it, but the fact that people *believe* that link *does* exist proves that evolution is theory and not fact. Me? I believe in evolution. But I'm not about to take one of the oldest accounts of what happened in our history and trash it. The Bible has been proven to be right where science has said "no, it's wrong". Ever hear of the Hittite Empire? For hundreds (thousands?) of years, people thought the Hittites were just an allegorical story until they unearthed the artifacts. I'm not saying that the Bible is necessarily right, but they both stand to have an equal chance to being wrong as well. Or as I've heard some people believe, maybe they're both right ;)
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