PUBLISHED: 4:15 PM on Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Floyd Dryded Voices: Revolution to evolution
How many times a day do you see evolution occurring in our modern world? How many people do you think believe they came from apes? How likely do you think this could be true? According to a 1999 poll taken by the People for American War Foundation, only 37% of the those interviewed think evolution should continue to be taught in schools; 63% opposed. People often will believe anything, even things that are improvable. I am about to tell you what was probably running through the minds of the other 63% of people and why evolution should not be taught in our American schools.

Evolution being taught in schools violates our constitutional rights. The constitution states we have freedom of religion, which means we have the right to have our own beliefs without pressure or force. Teaching evolution is like trying to force kids to believe in something some of them probably don't wish to believe. Robert E. Kofal, a doctor in chemistry and science and the coordinator for the Creation Science Research Center, explains. "When the State protects evolutionary interpretation and theories from intelligent criticism, the State is violating the Free Exercise rights of the student who believes in creation. As the constitution states, 'Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion prohibiting the exercise thereof.'" Deborah Cordero, an eighth grade student at Floyd Dryden Middle School, also feels religiously threatened when evolution is taught. She says, "Yes, I feel my religion is threatened and I feel it is unconstitutional because not everyone believes it's real, so it's wrong." All in all, trying to teach our kids evolution is like trying to sway their personal religious pursuit, which is against our rights as American citizens.

Empiricism is inherently a religious pursuit. Reverend Mark Everett, pastor of the RealLife Foursquare Church, explains. "Empiricism is a system of belief based upon the interpretation of observable measures of the physical world excluding all other evidence. Religion is the set of practices, which are derived from an individual person's attempt to answer the basic philosophical question, 'Where did I come from'? The term 'religion' has been applied in the case of teaching evolution in schools by excluding empiricism as a form of religion." Reverend Mark is not the only pastor who feels this way. 99% of pastors, 97% of specialized clergy, and 96% of elders say God created the world and evolution should not be taught in schools. Elizabeth Siefken, another eighth grade student at Floyd Dryden, gives her story. "I am a Christian, and in the sixth grade we were being taught about 'the big bang' of evolution. I left the room." A student needs to be able to follow their own religious path and not feel threatened or forced to believe in a theory that is against their religion and is so very unlikely.

Finally, evolution is a theory, not a fact. Reverend Mark Everett says, "Evolution is improvable and it violates the Law of Entropy in physics. For example, we humans are different from animals. We know the difference between right and wrong. When did that evolve into existence? What about love? Did that evolve, too? What about music? How did that evolve? We know we are going to die. How is it we are said to be so close to animals when they don't know such things? It takes more faith to believe in evolution than to believe in an almighty creator." Robert. E Kofahl adds, "There is no place for dogma in science. What cannot be demonstrated to be fact should not be taught as fact." It is a well-known statement that evolution is speculative science. Overall, if we are going to teach one theory, we must teach all theories with it. Let the students decide what they wish to believe.

In conclusion, school districts in the United States should not be allowed to teach evolution. Evolution in schools violates the student's rights, religion, and over all knowledge. We cannot allow our children to grow up believing in something as unlikely as humans coming from monkeys or allow our educational systems to force our kids to believe in something some of them may not wish to believe in. In the end, evolution is just a theory, just a word, just a chance, just an injustice.