Thursday, April 24, 2008

Texans is Smrt

Texas has denied the Institute for Creation Research's request to begin offering online master's degrees in science education. Bravo! According to the Associated Press, the CEO of the institute said that the curriculum would include evolution as well as Bible-based alternatives, but also - and pay attention to this - that "students and faculty in the institute must profess faith in a literal translation of Biblical creation, that God created the world in six days and that the Earth is much newer than evolutionary science suggests."

There goes any chance that they had at convincing anyone at all that they're just trying to find a good scientific alternative to evolutionary theory. Far from teaching "both sides of the issue," (never mind that reality only has one side: the real one) it seems this program would actually require its students to come to a conclusion before ever learning anything, exactly what IDers accuse "evolutionists" of doing! And I suspect, probably correctly based on the decision of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, that very little learning would happen even after they entered the program anyway. I find it interesting that they admit their goal so openly this time; it's a level of honesty I have not yet seen from the ICR.

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