On the subject of … 2/17/14

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 09:23 AM.

For the religious out there, let’s look at it from a different perspective: If this were Tom Cruise asking for the public schools to teach Scientology’s origin of man alongside evolution how would you feel? Sounds ludicrous, right? Well, that is how I feel when my children are threatened with the possibility of being taught that Noah was a real man who stuffed every species of animal onto one boat 4,000 years ago. When you support teaching creationism in the school you are denying mine, and my children, the freedom to find God on our terms. Darwin belongs in the classroom. Noah belongs in Sunday school.

If you can’t fit the theory of evolution into the framework built by your religious convictions then that is your journey to undertake, but don’t make the future of this country give up wondering and asking questions simply because you think you have it all figured out. I will close with a quote from Darwin himself: “In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist, in the sense of denying the existence of God. I feel very deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might just as well speculate on the mind of Newton.”


Loren Siprell is a resident of Port St. Joe



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