OneNewsNow, 10/10/2008: The Discovery Institute says a group of Darwinists who are opposing efforts by the Texas State Board of Education to allow evolution to be debated in the classroom are clinging to 19th century science in the 21st century.
The group, which refers to itself as the 21st Century Science Coalition, opposes the teaching of scientific evidence that shows the weakness of prevailing evolutionary theory. They claim that teaching such scientific evidence would pave the way to the eventual teaching of religious ideas such as creationism. Casey Luskin with the Discovery Institute says despite the group's name, they are in fact clinging to outdated 19th century science:
"What [the group] wants to have taught in the classroom, is that evolution is an uncontroversial fact that is absolutely, 100 percent proven to be true and that there are no scientists who dissent from it. And they want students to basically not learn about any views that might have scientific dissent from modern neo-Darwinian theory."
There is plenty of scientific evidence, according to Luskin, that questions leading evolutionary theory....Darwinists try to insulate their theories from criticisms [by relabeling] any criticisms as religious attack.
"But that is absolutely a false relabeling. In fact, there are over 700 scientists who dissent from neo-Darwinian evolution and have signed a statement of dissent that's on a list that can be found at DissentFromDarwin.org," Luskin points out. "And there are a large number of peer-reviewed, scientific articles that have come out in the last 10, 20, 30 years that challenge various key aspects of neo-Darwinian theory."