BY NATHANIEL BATCHELDER
Oklahoma State Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, announced in the Durant Daily Democrat that he will introduce a bill calling for fair presentation of the scriptural version of creation in science classes that teach evolution: http://www.durantdemocrat.com/view/full_story/10717736/article-Brecheen-discusses-evolution-and-Darwinian-Theory?instance=secondary_opinion_left_column
God created everything. The purpose of science is to describe what God has created. Galileo was convicted of heresy by the Catholic Church 400 years ago for describing observations indicating that the earth revolved around the sun [and not vice versa, as suggested by scriptures]. A correct understanding of our solar system did not disprove God, and neither does evolution.
State Sen. Josh Brecheen is simply ignorant of the libraries full of scientific studies all supporting evolution. Every branch of scientific research supports evolution, and no scientific pursuit disputes evolution. The quibbling with detail comes only from those holding literal beliefs in the Book of Genesis, never intended to be a scientific description of the world.
Does Sen. Brecheen say God could NOT have created life on earth using evolution, if that’s what God chose to do?
If Brecheen introduces his bill calling for equal consideration of scriptural stories in science classes, Oklahoma will make national news again as a state proud to be governed by unschooled ignorant hayseeds.
Don’t do it, Josh, it’s bad for business.
– Nathaniel Batchelder lives in Oklahoma City and is director of the Peace House www.peacehouseok.org