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I don't understand why evolution is such an offensive subject to those that believe in creationism. Why not look at it as, "evolution was God's first draft at making humans before Adam and Eve". Creationists have no problem thinking of evolution as a "theory" anyway. (I’m not sure how dinosaurs fit into Creationist’s views either way.) With all of the inconsistencies related to God and the Bible, what's one more?
No matter how you sugar coat it, "intelligent design" is a Creationist theory, which denotes a belief in a God as the master designer of the world and its people, and God is religion. Religion does not belong in the public school system because of the diversity of people's beliefs. That's what church is for. It's too volatile for debate or rational discussion, intellectually or otherwise among people with differing ideas. History has proven this over and over. Religion, or Faith, also has no merit in public schools as a scholarly debate because it has no basis in fact. Faith is not the same as fact. That's why it's called "faith".
Why is Church, or Church groups, not enough of a forum to debate whether evolution diminishes an individual’s belief in religion without having to manipulate political legislation to insinuate a religious view into the school system no matter how benign the bill appears? If a person is secure in their own belief, I see no reason to be so defensive, let alone push that belief onto someone else. Why does it bother Creationists whether or not other people have the same beliefs?
I don't think there is another subject that creates the same feelings of hostility as the subject of religion. It's the only place where diversity is not accepted. I've seen intolerance in almost every religious denomination including among Atheists.
Instead of debating the merits of evolution vs. creationism, maybe religious leaders should work on tolerance, and leave politicians to work on social issues that affect everyone such as the economy.
Personally, I am secure enough in what I believe to not really care if someone believes something different. I don’t feel the need to explain my views to others, or to insist to someone else that their views are wrong. So why should Creationists be critical, dismissive, or defensive when it comes to evolution just because it doesn’t fit neatly into their views? If you’re a person of Faith, it really shouldn’t matter.
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