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jdayer said: "Today the evolution of man, which is still only a theory, is taught as a fact."
Oh my gosh - the "only a theory" cliche again?!?
Plate tectonics is only a theory, not a fact - just ask the Japanese.
E=MC^2 is only a theory - again, go ask any older residents of Hiroshima if it is a fact or not.
jdayer - playing around with the word "theory" accomplishes nothing but to place you at the less educated end of the creationist spectrum.
It is a fact that current species evolved from earlier species, through the natural mechanisms of reproduction, variation and selection over time. It is a fact that most (probably all) life on Earth shares common ancestry. These are proved beyond any reasonable doubt by confirming evidence found in: shared & divergent morphology, co-evolved relationships, convergent evolution, observed speciation, Lenski experiments, shared DNA, inherited ERV markers, molecular biology, vestigial traits, atavisms, genetic mutation, embryology, the fossil record, paleontology, archaeology, transitional species predictions, radiometric dating, dendrochronology, thermoluminescence dating, ice core dating, biostratiography, archaeogenetics, biogeography, plate tectonics, geology, chemistry, and physics. Any competing "theory" must explain all these BETTER than the current equation of replication+variation+selection+time.
Only someone blinded by special interests can ignore all that evidence, then point to the spinning hair on a bacteria's butt and say "THERE! There's proof of divine intervention!"
OMG - It would be so laughably funny if it weren't that these special interests are influencing public school education.
And as someone who works in a very international profession, I can tell you that other countries ARE laughing at us for this, just as many other states are laughing at Tennessee.
But I'm not laughing. I think this bill, its motives and its implications, are deplorable and sad.
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