Creationists are currently mounting a heated effort to water-down Florida’s new science standards, arguing that creationist claims and ideas about evolution should be taught alongside evolutionary biology. Here’s a sample of some of those ideas, from Terry Kemple, president of the Tampa Bay Christian public policy group Community Issues Council:
“My objection to their proposal is that, at its core, the suggested science standard relative to evolution is a set of beliefs unproven. They believe that millions of years ago there was nothing and then suddenly there was something. They have no proof. It’s not replicable. It’s clearly a belief,” Kemple said. “You can give it a name and call it evolution, but it is nonetheless a set of beliefs.” (emphasis added)
This is like objecting to teaching Newton’s theory of gravity because “gravitationists” believe that millions of years ago a giant apple crashed into the Earth, creating a worldwide flood. It’s not even close to a correct statement of anything evolution suggests. And yet these are the sorts of people claiming that they know better than scientists what is or isn’t good science.
It boggles the mind.