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Evolution Sparks Debate

Todd Kelley
Commentary Editor

   The topic of evolution, once made fun of, then placed in school books and many times debated in a courtroom, remains a hot topic of debate for everyone.

   Some people claim that there is no proof of creationism; some claim that there exists a lack of evidence to support evolution, and if that were not confusing enough, another group entered the fight.

   Believers in intelligent design seek some sort of foothold in the debate over Darwin versus Jesus, and it only makes sense. People that believe in God cannot turn over their belief structures because science tells them so. That just does not happen and has not since the early days of the Roman Church.

   Intelligent design claims that the process of evolution, and the other scientific explanations for the creation of life on earth, were all guided by the hand of God. They believe that some sort of higher power influenced the processes that led to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, thus negating natural selection.

   And why wouldn’t they? After all, these people have been told their whole life that God spoke, and bam, it was. How can they seek to step outside the bounds of what they believe to be right; they have been taught this by support groups (churches and other religious fellowships) since they were children, and beyond that, it is a belief that has held sway and shaped many of the things that make our world as it exists today.

   Many people claim that intelligent design has no place in our classrooms, just as creationism does not, and I wholeheartedly agree. If I am taking a science class, why should I be forced to study a religious ego-trip. I can understand that if I am in seminary, but in science class there is not place for “it just happened.” That is destroying the very essence of science.

   As I have thought about this, something that Newt Gingrich said popped in to my mind. He says that we should pay students a salary comparable to McDonald’s wages to study science and math, and why not give them some incentive? After all, your party tears down our interest in it with your moral principles every single day.

   I feel like that is a great idea, give us something to validate what your friends fight against. Hypocrisy aside, it sounds really good on paper, but I have another idea that might help as well.

   America lags behind in scientific interest; interestingly enough, we are also one of the only industrialized nation states that do not embrace such commonly held beliefs as Darwinism or global warming. Could there be a correlation? Could there possibly be a link between people telling us that science is not right, and our lack of interest?

   Probably not, I am probably just making up a crackpot solution to this problem. After all, if we do not believe in God and hold those ideals close to us, what place does the GOP hold in our political structure?

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