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Columnist unfairly tarnishes supporters of creationism theory



Published: Mon, February 24, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Columnist unfairly tarnishes supporters of creationism theory

Ann McFeatters’ column on the “Evolution of Human Life” from the Feb. 14 Vindicator presented a milieu of unrelated issues that served more to advance her political opinions than academic discipline.

It appears her chief aim was to exalt President Barack Obama as a “man of science” in sharp contrast to his “Flat-Earth-Society” Republican rivals.

Her implications that people of faith who believe in a theistic “creation” or parents who superintend “what truths their children are taught” are to be held in derision were irresponsible at best.

Just as “creationism” may be overtly “religion-based,” evolution is clearly “philosophy-based.” Neither is hard science.

Both, however, present ideas whereby scientific endeavors may advance.

For example, “modern” bio-engineers — by engaging in experimentation with genetically modified organisms — demonstrate their “faith” in the proposition that an imposition of an “intelligent design” on nature is necessary.

On the other hand, the most conservative of “creationists” may find it interesting to discover that the “Six Days of Creation” outlined in the Book of Genesis tend to follow the same stages of development outlined by evolutionists.

All in all, it is important that scientific forums allow a free-flow of ideas, theories and testable propositions.

Truly, a “debate” is not the proper forum for such discussions; nor an editorial where from Ann McFeatters may launch calumnies against the president’s political foes, the “faith community,” private educational institutions and homeschooling parents — all, in the name of “science.”

Joseph E. Donnelly, Berlin Center


Comments

1GoPens(397 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

So eivo and Joe, you believe the earth is only 5,000 years old as some creationists and fundamentalists claim?

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2lajoci(374 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

In terms of empirical science, evolution is about as "gospel" as it gets; the difference, of course, is that evolution does not have to be taken on faith, since the evidence is all around us (as well as IN us).

Without evolution, the science of biology, in point of fact, ceases to exist.

Intelligent design is simply creationism gussied up with junk science to allow the fundamentalist evolution-deniers to further their political agenda of stealthily interjecting their religious ideas into the public school setting, which they tried to do in Kansas and Pennsylvania, but failed.

Good thing, too.

The saddest fact about this whole manufactured controversy is that religious fundamentalists know nothing about either science or religious belief, and yet they wish to impose their presuppositions on the rest of us, by way of the public educational system, which is funded by people practicing a variety of religions, each of which has its own creation story, and by those who practice no religion at all.

It's a free country; let them proselytize their medieval notions in their own private church schools and indoctrinate their own children with fanciful notions and biblical stories.

Maybe, some day, they'll learn the meaning of the word "theory" when used in the context of science.

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3jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

We All Began Life as a Stem Cell
By Dr. Chuck McGowen

If you happen to believe that stem cells are insignificant single celled creatures like the amoeba, think again; that is unless you happen to consider yourself as being insignificant. When one of your father’s sperm impregnated your mother’s ovum (egg), a soul was added from God above and your humanity began; aside from your size and the number of cells making up your body, your being contained every bit of genetic information that you would be having until the day you die.

The sperm contained 23 of your father’s 46 chromosomes and the ovum 23 of your mother’s 46 chromosomes. If you are a male the Y sex chromosome was contributed and if you are a female dad contributed an X sex chromosome; men being XY and women being XX relative to those particular DNA and gene baring chromosomes. The other 44 chromosomes that make up your humanity (known as autosomes) determined such uniquely “you” characteristics as skin, hair and eye color, height, bone structure, intelligence capacity, vocal characteristics, athletic ability, etc.

Within seconds after the conception of your fully human life the chromosomes doubled and split and that first cell divided; with each new cell having the same genetic component of 46 chromosomes. By the 15th day of cell replication you reached the stage of human development known as the blastocyst. At the point your cell lines began to organize and differentiate into three individual cell layers; the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm

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