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A poll published by Newsweek March 31, 2007 found that about 91% of the population in the United States believes in God, and 48% believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. Despite these high numbers, we find the views of creationists are mocked by the media and actively discriminated against in public schools.
A number of organizations and even the National Academy of Sciences (a US national government agency) actively oppose creationism and lobby to keep these views from being taught in public schools. Most, if not all, such groups are motivated by a philosophical opposition to biblical creationism, and counter with arguments derived from naturalistic scientific research.
Anticreation in media
- Main Article: Anticreation in Media
The belief in Biblical creationism, and in particular that the earth is 6000-10,000 years old, is ridiculed by the news, educational programming, and in popular culture.
Examples of popular culture anticreation can be found in shows like "The Simpsons", "Sopranos", "Family Guy", "South Park" and "Evan Almighty" where creationism is projected as a belief that is only held by people unable to think for themselves.
Anticreation in public schools
- Main Article: Anticreation in Public Schools
Perhaps no place is anticreation sentiment more apparent than in the US public school system. Today Christian teachers are afraid of letting their faith be known and pray only in secret. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union quickly move to sue any school district if it is reported that a teacher is introducing intelligent design concepts. Numerous examples have also been documented where educators were discriminated against simply because of their views about God that never made it into the classroom.
This anticreation movement has been furthered by government agencies such as the National Academy of Sciences, which has gone so far as to publish booklets discouraging the teaching of creationism (See Science, Evolution, and Creationism) . Government policy is also in place to prevent those who believe in God from receiving teaching certification.
- The National Academy of Sciences is a US national government agency that was created in 1863 to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government. According to a 1998 report in the journal Nature, a recent survey found that 93% of NAS members are either atheists or agnostics. The biologists in the National Academy of Sciences were found to possess the lowest rate of belief of all the science disciplines, with only 5.5% believing in God. Their recent anticreation activities include the publication of Science and Creationism. This book, published in 1999, states unequivocally that creationism has no place in any science curriculum at any level.
- The American Civil Liberties Union is strictly opposed to Creation. This organization says that Creation should not be taught in schools because it is a direct violation of the United States Constitution. "The ACLU policy on religion in public schools states that '...any program of religious indoctrination -- direct or indirect -- in the public schools or by use of public resources is a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and must be opposed....'" "In 1980, the Board of Directors further clarified this policy by stating, 'ACLU also opposes the inculcation of religious doctrines even if they are presented as alternatives to scientific theories.'" The ACLU believes that Creation is the perfect example of these doctrines. This organization mistakenly believes that there is no evidence for Creation; they think that people who interpret the Bible literally do not have any form of proof, but that they simply "just believe" without looking for any physical evidence.
- The National Center for Science Education has devoted itself to the belief in evolution. It defends the "right" to teach evolution in schools, while saying that Creation has no place within American educational facilities. The organization claims to be religiously neutral, but is still extremely antagonistic towards the belief in Creation. The Director of this center is Eugenie Scott, a physical anthropologist who taught at several universities before becoming the Director in 1987. The NCSE gets involved in controversies over the belief of Creation and Evolution whenever possible.
- Main Article: Atheism
Atheism is a philosophical denial of the existence of God. A more active stance affirms the nonexistence of God, and proposes positive belief rather than mere suspension of disbelief.
- Main Article: Secular Humanism
Secular humanism is a branch of humanism that specifically seeks to separate itself from groups that believe in a deity. Simply stated secular humanism is a philosophical worldview or religion that shares beliefs based on atheism or agnosticism. Secular humanism is the only view that is and is allowed to be taught in the U.S. public school system.
- Main Article: Evolutionism
The most prominent belief to oppose creationism on scientific grounds is known as the general theory of evolution. This view, in the broadest sense, includes cosmic evolution beginning with big bang, the origin of life, and the common descent of biological life on Earth.
- Main Article: Theistic evolutionism
Theistic evolutionism (also known as evolutionary creationism) is a form of old earth creationism whose advocates are frequently found actively opposing young earth creationism. As such, the position is generally considered anticreationary by many.
The perspective is derived from an attempt to reconcile Biblical teachings and the common evolution theory. Although, some people interpret this as a scientific theory, it is more of a philosophical view of origins. Those holding to this belief state that teachings of Creation and Evolution do not need to contradict. Theistic Evolutionists believe that God did in fact create the earth, but that he accomplished it over billions of years.
Anticreation response articles
The CreationWiki editorial staff is compiling responses to the claims of anticreationists. The majority of the pages are rebuttals to the anticreation sites, Talk.Origins and the EvoWiki. To browse the list of all response articles, see the anticreation response category.
- Index to Creationist Claims - responses to the Talk.Origins Index to Creationist Claims. Response articles have now been written for all claims, but many can be improved.
- Frequently Asked But Never Answered Questions - responses to the Talk.Origins FABNAQ.
- The Revised Quote Book - responses to The Revised Quote Book: Looking at how Creationists Quote Evolutionists, published by Talk.Origins.
- Evolutionists Strategize to Fight Creation Nature’s editorial for May 15, “Science in schools,” took aim at creationists on the occasion of Eugenie Scott’s retirement. Creation Evolution Headlines, June 6, 2013.
- Farewell to Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of National Center for Science Education As Darwin-defender Eugenie Scott retires, Casey Luskin reflects on his personal experience of her civility in the debate over evolution and intelligent design. Evolution News & Views, May 28, 2013.
- Ohio school district considers teaching creationism and ‘Agenda 21′ conspiracies The American Civil Liberties Union this week warned school officials in Ohio not to adopt policies that advanced creationism in the classroom. Raw Story, May 25, 2013.
- Ball State Will Investigate Course on 'Boundaries of Science' University officials investigate the school's "Boundaries of Science" course, which investigates the intersection of religion and science, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint with the school earlier this week. Christianity Today, May 20, 2013.
- University Takes Action to Punish Student Florida Atlantic University student has been brought up on academic charges after complaining against his professor for ordering the student to stomp on the name of Jesus. FOX News Network, March 25, 2013.
- Is IRS Persecuting Kent Hovind For Creationism? Kent Hovind’s followers contend he was prosecuted because of his religious convictions – Is that true? Forbes, February 8th, 2013.
- On MLK Day, Remember that Intelligent Design Is a Civil Rights Issue Retired engineer in Louisiana barred from future meetings of the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State for voicing doubts about the standard Darwinian story. Evolution News & Views, January 21, 2013.
- Judge Lets NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Off the Hook for Discrimination against Intelligent Design Proponent Despite clear evidence of discrimination presented at trial, a California Superior Court Judge has turned down an anti-discrimination claim filed against NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) by a former employee subjected to mistreatment after sharing his views on intelligent design (ID) with some of his co-workers. Evolution News & Views, January 17, 2013.
- Judge rules in JPL's favor in wrongful termination lawsuit centered around 'intelligent design' David Coppedge, who sued NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and claimed the agency discriminated against him for his religious views on "intelligent design," has lost his wrongful termination lawsuit. Pasadena Star News, January 17, 2013.
- A Science Teacher Draws the Line at Creation In customary fashion, another dishonest anti-creation rant from Scientific American labels creationism as a rejection of science that handicaps out nation. Scientific American, January 7th, 2013.
- In U.S. Congress, a clash of Science and Scripture Canadian press criticizes Rep. Paul Broun, M.D (Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives) for being a young earth creationist. Post Media News, December 28, 2012.
- Does creationism have a place at a public school? The Christian Club on an L.A. Unified campus has heard presentations from a nationally prominent creationist. A biology teacher believes such events undermine science education. Los Angeles Times, December 08, 2012.
- Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' Slammed By Creation Museum, Pastor Ray Comfort (VIDEO) Nye calls evolution a "fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology" and says that belief in creationism is impeding scientific progress in the U.S. The Huffington Post, September 04, 2012.
- Web War Builds over Evolution and Children Bill Nye's criticism of creation beliefs prompts response from AiG geneticist Georgia Purdom. The Christian Broadcasting Network, September 02, 2012.
- Is "Academic Freedom" Another Way to Say "Religion"? The anticreation group predicts that the new academic freedom law in Tennessee will be challenged in court and declared an unconstitutional establishment of religion. Evolution News and Views, June 28, 2012.
- Commencement and Evolution Emory University faculty and students sign letter of protest that Commencement speaker Ben Carson doesn’t believe in evolution. Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2012.
- Nova Scotia student suspended for wearing Jesus t-shirt Teen at the centre of a controversy about religion and public schools. CTVNews May 3, 2012.
- JPL, former employee fight over religion in science David Coppedge continues in his civil case against NASA-JPL is a wrongful termination lawsuit. Pasadena Star News, March 31, 2012.
- Main Article: Anticreationist
- Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992)
- Richard Dawkins
- Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900 - 1975)
- Mark Isaak
- Stephen Jay Gould
- Ernst Mayr (1904 – 2005)
- Ian Plimer
- Michael Ruse
- Eugenie Scott
- Kevin Henke
- Joseph Meert
- Carl Sagan
- Lenny Flank
- Sam Harris
- ↑ God’s Numbers The latest NEWSWEEK poll shows that 91 percent of American adults surveyed believe in God—and nearly half reject the theory of evolution. Also, Americans on John Edwards and the Senate's goal for troop withdrawal.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 National Academic Press Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, Second Edition. 48 pages. 1999
- ↑ Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program (2009-10) Higher Education Coordinating Board
- ↑ Leading scientists still reject God Nature, Vol. 394, No. 6691, p. 313 (1998)
- ↑ ACLU Position Statement on "Creation-science" The American Civil Liberties Union, March 11, 2002.
- ↑ Reports of the National Center for Science Education (RNCSE) National Center for Science Education, August 4th, 2008.
- ↑ Wikipedia:Theistic_evolution By Wikipedia
- ↑ Theistic Evolution-An Essay By Carl Drews. 2000. Last update: March 9, 2010
- The Anti-Creationists by Henry Morris, Ph.D. Acts & Facts, Jun 1, 2004.
- The Facts about Intelligent Design: A Response to the National Academy of Sciences’ Science, Evolution, and Creationism by Casey Luskin. Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Center. January 15, 1985.
- When will Europe wake up? Council of Europe ‘condemns creationism’ (but it ought to reconsider where the ‘threat to human and civic rights’ is really coming from). by Jonathan Sarfati and David Catchpoole. Creation Ministries International
- Hoax of Dodos Discovery Institute responds to false claims in Randy Olson's film Flock of Dodos.
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