Curious as to who “these people” might be, I checked out the hall of fame website, and discovered that it honors 104 deceased male scientists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Faraday and Guglielmo Marconi. To explain why these individuals are included, the site excerpts biography information from the book “Men of Science, Men of God,” written by a man widely recognized as the father of creationism, Henry Morris.
Hmm, I’m pretty sure these dead white males would not have agreed to be a part of this endeavor.
It turns out that not everyone in Kentucky is thrilled about these developments. Last year, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority granted more than $40 million in tax incentives for the planned $172 million Ark Encounter. At the same time, they cut millions of dollars for education.
Let’s give the last word to Bill Nye and his awesome Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children video:
Denial of evolution is unique to the U.S. The U.S. is where most of the innovation still happens. When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in evolution, it holds everyone back. Evolution is the fundamental idea of all of life science. It’s like trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. It makes everything more complicated.
I say to the grown-ups: If you want to deny evolution and live in a world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it — we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.
It would be easy to dismiss the notion of creationism as belonging to the lunatic fringe, but it’s not. Anti-evolution bills have been introduced this year in at least six states, and in 2008 Louisiana passed a bill that gives teachers license to equate creationism with evolution.
Is the United States the laughing stock of the world yet?
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