Thursday, October 11, 2007

For the esteemed Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly: What part of observable, repeatable, and falsifiable do you not understand?

Got to make this one quick - as usual I am just trying to sneak this in between crises.

Seems like the shrill cries of the factophobic and ardent evolutionists have become so loud that now out here on the west coast USA we can hear hear the cries and groans emanating even from ... EUROPE?

Just got email from a friend in NW USA alerting to a new document moving its way through the Council of Europe. Seems like they fear the sky is falling as the poison of American creationism spreads to the shores of the motherland.

Here is the link to the document:

http://assembly.coe.int/main.asp?Link=/documents/workingdocs/doc07/edoc11375.htm

Here is the beginning text of the document:

Summary
Creationism in any of its forms, such as “intelligent design”, is not based on facts, does not use any scientific reasoning and its contents are definitely inappropriate for science classes.
However, some people call for creationist theories to be taught in European schools alongside or even in place of the theory of evolution. From a scientific view point, there is absolutely no doubt that evolution is a central theory for our understanding of life on Earth.
The Assembly calls on education authorities in member states to promote scientific knowledge and the teaching of evolution and to oppose firmly any attempts at teaching creationism as a scientific discipline.
A. Draft resolution
1. For some people the Creation, as a matter of religious belief, gives a meaning to life. Nevertheless, the Parliamentary Assembly is worried about the possible ill-effects of the spread of creationist ideas within our education systems and about the consequences for our democracies. If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights which are a key concern of the Council of Europe.
2. Creationism, born of the denial of the evolution of species through natural selection, was for a long time an almost exclusively American phenomenon. Today creationist ideas are tending to find their way into Europe and their spread is affecting quite a few Council of Europe member states.


... and on it goes.

The document has many claims of the superiority of evolution and the inability of creation to scientifically explain natural phenomena. In my view, however, these are all more than adequately covered in extant creationist literature and resources ... like the links offered at the opening page of this blog.

So I am not going to repeat all the stuff. No need. It is all done. Many have been there, done that. To the objective and fair observer, creation is a done deal, no question, even though many wonderful questions of detail remain.

So your job, dear reader, is now to look at the information yourself. First, empty your heart of self-serving pride. Then pray to the God of all creation that He will grant you wisdom to understand His world. Then go for it with a sense of wonder and awe.

For the God we must all eventually meet is wonderful - a God of awe.

Respectfully submitted,

D.U.

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