Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Greeley: Denying Evolution

In this op-ed by the Chicago priest Andrew Greeley, he reveals a statistic that probably shouldn't surprise me but still did: 42 percent of Catholics and 26 percent of Jews doubt evolution. Those numbers are horrifying. Even members of religions that accept Darwinism have been persuaded by the religious right. Greeley writes,

The evangelicals are entitled to their beliefs, but they have no right to try to impose their view of creation on the rest of us and to deprive other people's children of an accurate picture of how science models the emergence and development of life -- or an alternative view of the literary nature of the book of Genesis.

One can understand their effort to fight scientific modernism. If literal interpretation of Genesis is taken away from them, then their entire religious edifice is shaken to its foundations. However, when in their battle against modernism they deprive other children of a proper education, they violate our freedom of religion.

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