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Prepare to see Kansas ridiculed in smart circles from Toronto to Texas.

The reason? The State's Board of Education has once again voted to remove the subject of evolution from the list of compulsory course requirements for students to pass mandatory tests.

Evolution can be taught, probably will be taught, but unlike English and math it will no longer be essential. And a good thing too.

You see, evolution is at best a theory and at worst a hoax. We do not have any concrete scientific evidence proving how we arrived at our present state, only ideas. The beliefs of the creationists, those who follow the literal truth of Genesis, held ground for centuries. Then, in the 1850s, Charles Darwin came along and wrote of evolution. Darwin was a great man but he was not a particularly great scientist.

I am not a great man at all and I am a useless scientist. But I am rather good at being skeptical, especially concerning the wisdom of the establishment. Let me throw a few thoughts into the pot.

Even with all of our scientific knowledge and with the millions of examples of living things, we are no closer to creating independent life than were our ancestors. Even the most basic organism, the prokaryote bacterial cell, is so detailed and sophisticated as to baffle the greatest minds. Each human being is filled with literally trillions of cells as complex as this little critter.

Those who believe in evolution and the Big Bang theory of how we arrived here believe in chance. They claim primitive organisms developed by need and environment into men and women. Yet in the entire history of biological research we have seen no change of species. There have been tiny changes within species but this is to be expected. It's common sense. A blind man might develop a special sense of smell, but no blind man has ever grown a new set of eyes.

Until very recently school science textbooks often contained photographs of something called the Peppered Moth, resting on a tree trunk. With its colour and behaviour the moth was supposed to be one of the best examples of natural selection.

Two years ago, however, quite a scandal was caused when it was discovered such creatures do not actually rest on trees and that 40 years ago a Dr. Kettlewell had glued two moths to a tree to take his famous photograph and prove his point. If creationists had done such a thing they would, rightly, be condemned as frauds and their place in the school system would come into question. Not so with evolution and its followers.

Then there is the alleged development of the horse. We all remember pictures of a tiny horse, getting progressively larger as time went by. This, again, was apparently a proven fact. Not so. A fox-like skull fossil was discovered in 1841 but it took 40 years for anybody to suggest it was a prehistoric horse. Nor did they mention that the fossil, and others like it, are found not deep in the earth but quite near the surface, indicating they are the results of relatively recent burials. They are also sometimes found next to the fossils of full-size horses, proving this was not evolution at all. More than this, even today we have horses ranging from mammoths like the Clydesdale to the 17-inch Fallabella.

"I admit that an awful lot of that has gotten into the textbooks as though it were true," says Dr. Niles Eldredge, curator of the American Museum of Natural History. "That is lamentable."

Finally comes the Big Bang. The term was coined by English astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, who came to doubt his own theory. Advanced telescopes have recorded more than 2,000 so-called big bangs in the last 30 years, and none of them has resulted in very much at all, and certainly not in the creation of a new world. Even opponents of creation are admitting they have to find another alternative explanation.

I don't really know the answer to all this, but I do know conventional science does not provide many truths. And that people who might one day have very red faces should not accuse other people of having very red necks.
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