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Creation Evangelists Exposed

I stand in strong opposition to Glenn McMillon Jr. ’03’s column advocating creation “science” in the September 24 issue of The Tech. I respect his religion but abhor the imposition of his blend of fact and religious opinion on public school decisions.

McMillon’s religious ministry-based references tout creation evangelism and pervert his righteous claim of fair science. His creation evangelists begin by exploiting valid scientific discourse and disagreements on the intricacies of evolution. They portray competing theories in the scientific community as proof of massive fraud, despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary. This is comparable to claiming that, because competing measures of the earth’s circumference vary by several meters, our planet must be flat.

History shows that some have been slow to accept new facts and improved theories. However, the dogmatic doubters of the Earth’s revolution around the sun and the refuters of the round earth concept never controlled the U.S. public school systems. Thankfully, those 15th-century skeptics also did not insist upon satellite photographs as proof; they would have had to wait for centuries. Unlike creation evangelists, they reconciled religion and science and stopped trying to disprove facts by yelling loudly and confusing children.

Although these creation evangelists claim to only want fair treatment for their views, a member of the Kansas Board of Education publicly reported receiving a majority of calls and letters urging him to “put God back in the schools,” with no mention of equality or fair science. This exposes the true face of creation evangelists who want to impose their religion in public schools while hiding behind a pseudo-scientific mask.

Darian Unger G