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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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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.

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