Dr. Cornelius Hunter recently posted on some findingsfrom the NCSE (the National Center for the
Selling of Evolutioner, I mean, Science Education, on how many biology teachers are reluctant to teach evolution. Now, TV personality Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has given us his two cents worth on this controversy. In the interview he’s asked what he thinks about the reluctance of teachers regarding evolution. He says:
It’s horrible. Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong.
Notice how he uses the term “believe”. Maybe Darwinism is a faith system after all. Also notice how he interchanges ‘belief’ in evolution with ‘belief’ in science, as if the two were inseparable. This is a clever rhetorical trick we’ve seen used many times by ID critics. If one questions the legitimacy of evolution or some aspect of it, then one is, by extension, questioning all of science. A little reality check seems to be in order. Teachers who have some reluctance about teaching certain aspects of evolution as if they are absolute established facts when they know they aren’t (or at least have serious scientific questions about those supposed “facts”) does not equate to those same teachers questioning or having reluctance about “all of science”. One does not follow from the other.
Nye goes on to say that “…to deny evolution is in no one’s best interest.” Again, we need a little reality check here. Having some reluctance about teaching certain aspects of evolution does not equate to outright denial of evolution either. The underlying message from Nye seems to be what we’ve heard so many times before. Evolution is a “fact, fact, fact”…and don’t dare question any of it!