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Christopher Hitchens vs. Creationists

April 6, 2009

Noted author and vehement atheist, Christopher Hitchens, on the debate over the teaching of evolution in Texas schools, in Newsweek. I think the portion noted in bold, below, says all that needs to be said about who is winning what can only ironically be called a “debate”.

So by all means let’s “be honest with the kids,” as Dr. Don McLeroy, the chairman of the Texas education board, wants us to be. The problem is that he is urging that the argument be taught, not in a history or in a civics class, but in a biology class. And one of his supporters on the board, Ken Mercer, has said that evolution is disproved by the absence of any transitional forms between dogs and cats. If any state in the American union gave equal time in science class to such claims, it would certainly make itself unique in the world (perhaps no shame in that). But it would also set a precedent for the sharing of the astronomy period with the teaching of astrology, or indeed of equal time as between chemistry and alchemy. Less boring perhaps, but also much less scientific and less educational.

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