Saturday, September 24, 2005

Not about religion?

Abrams: It’s evolution or the Bible, not both:
During a question-and-answer period to a mostly receptive audience of church-going social conservatives fed up with evolution, [Board of Education chair Steve] Abrams said one couldn’t believe in the Bible and evolution. You must believe one or the other.

“At some point in time, if you compare evolution and the Bible, you have to decide which one you believe,” Abrams said. “That’s the bottom line.”
We know have Kathy Martin declaring that this is about a "Christian agenda," Connie Morris doing about the same, and Steve Abrams announcing that one cannot believe in Bible and the evolution. That completes the trifecta, each member of the Kansas Kangaroo Court has declared him or herself a Biblical literalist, hopelessly fixed in the belief that evolution must conflict with their beliefs.

On the other hand, a bunch of people off the streets of Lawrence seem to disagree.

Asked if it was possibe to believe in both, the Journal World got these responses.

"Yeah. If you believe in a divine creator, the creation plan could have been evolution."
— Kent Earl, general contractor, Lawrence

"Yeah, I think so. I don’t think one necessarily rules out the other."
— Sue Midyett, retired teacher, Lawrence

"No. If you are a true Christian, then it has to be one or the other. In the Bible it says God created the Earth. You either believe that, or you believe that things evolved."
— Chandra Thompson, Johnson County Community College sophomore, Lawrence

"Sure. First of all, you can believe whatever you want. Second of all, there is no real time frame in the Bible. It could easily account for all of geologic time and everything else."
— Mark Volmut, archaeologist, Lawrence
I think Chandra should chat with the general contractor, if she won't believe a scientist or a teacher.

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