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article imageOp-Ed: Happy 200th, Charles Darwin, Some Still Deem You Illegitimate

By Carol Forsloff     Jan 22, 2009 in Science
This is the year that Charles Darwin turns 200. The founding father of the scientific story of evolution would wonder about the deliberations in science today. He has his critics, those who believe his ideas aren’t legitimate.
Still he put the world on a fast track to understanding why and how we all evolved.
The grand old man was born on February 12, 2009, so his birthday is less than a month away. The world of science celebrates with whole editions devoted to him. We need to get in line with the recognition as there will likely be a number of events devoted to the Darwin bicentennial.
Darwin’s thesis is that all of life’s species have evolved through common ancestors and have survived because of what he called natural selection. His scientific discoveries, and resulting conclusions, have become the foundation of biology. His biography reveals a complex man whose ideas were not accepted easily and were challenged at the time. They remain challenged by those that consider Darwin’s ideas ignoring the role of the deity in the creation of earth and man.
Last year Louisiana went front and center on intelligent design, something that conservatives such as Sarah Palin declared should be taught as part of the science curriculum. It passed a law giving science teachers the discretion of teaching evolution but also giving other points of view. Those who objected to it consider that certain things, such as Darwin’s theory, are scientific facts and that would be like challenging whether or not the world is flat. Nevertheless, the State of Louisiana believes, from its passage of the law, that teachers can make that decision and that scientific views like Darwin can be challenged by faith. Bobby Jindal, touted by Republicans as a future leader in their party, seriously supported passage of the law.
Some sources define Intelligent Design as this,
Intelligent design is the assertion that "certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. It is a modern form of the traditional theological argument for the existence of God, but differs from this older argument as it avoids specifying the nature or identity of the designer.
This is similar to a website devoted to describing Intelligent Design and in promoting its teaching in the public schools. In fact you can donate to this organization to help promote its inclusion in education.
So have a happy celebration this year, and I’ll bake the cake for you, Darwin. Sorry there are still contrary folk who won’t help blow out the candles.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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