In a bizarre Facebook post yesterday, Creationist Ken Ham argued that atheists were indoctrinating children in the public schools by teaching them proper science.
See how many errors you can spot in this post:
Christians are happy to teach children regarding various views of origins, but atheists want children taught naturalism to the exclusion of all others. Atheists are so insecure they don’t want anyone seeing nativity scenes, crosses, etc. as they don’t want people to think for themselves. My children know more about evolution than most evolutionists — we’re not afraid to teach them about how to understand different views. Atheists are afraid to let people be taught to think critically about origins, as people would then understand evolution’s a religion. They can’t have their belief critically analyzed so they legislate to protect it in public schools.
1) Atheists want children to learn proper science. That means evidence-based information. Creationism and Intelligent Design don’t make the cut. Neither do astrology and alchemy.
2) Atheists have no problem with people seeing Nativity scenes and crosses. We see them all the time. But we have a problem seeing them on government property, since it’s an illegal endorsement of the faith.
3) I dare Ken Ham’s children to explain publicly what evolution is, according to the scientists who accept it. Do they really understand what scientists say, or do they have a warped, false understanding of the subject? Because Ken Ham sure as hell doesn’t get it.
4) Atheists get the Creationist perspective. It’s not hard to think through “God did it.” The problem is that it’s foolish and doesn’t match up with the evidence we have available to us.
5) Evolution is critically analyzed all the time. And the evidence in support of the general idea has never been stronger. Unlike Creationism, which can never be analyzed because the Bible can never be questioned.
When it comes down to it, science is all about theories getting stronger over time or being replaced by better theories. Creationism never changes, never improves, and can never be challenged. That’s why it’s not science, and that’s why it doesn’t belong in a classroom.
Leave that nonsense to churches, where bad ideas are routinely promoted without criticism.
(Thanks to Joseph for the link)