One of the hometown newspapers of AiG-US, “The Cincinnati Post,” printed an editorial on February 19 that praised the state of Kansas (USA) for adopting new pro-evolution science standards for its public schools. “The Post” editorial claimed that
The following is the response we sent to the editors of “The Cincinnati Post” on February 20 to correct their misreporting…..
When it comes to the creation/evolution controversy, the editors of “The Post” often get the facts wrong. Remember pro-evolutionary articles on “feathered” dinosaurs, life on a Martian meteorite, etc., stories that “Post” editors chose to print and were later shown to be wrong? Now comes the “Post” editorial (February 19) praising Kansas for “reinstating” evolution in its science classrooms.
The truth is, evolution had never been omitted from the Kansas science standards approved in 1999! “Biological evolution” was clearly listed as a topic that students should study. (Evolution was actually found in a few places in the just-replaced science guidelines.)
Furthermore, evolution could never have been taken out of the classrooms in Kansas anyway! The science standards are merely guidelines or suggestions for teachers to follow. Kansas papers reported that if anything, many evolutionary science teachers have promoted their evolution beliefs even more since 1999.
It was also stated in the editorial that “religious fundamentalists” removed “plate tectonics” from the 1999 standards, as if creationists do not believe in it. Actually, the concept of separation of continents was first proposed by creationists; furthermore, one of the world’s three leading experts in this field is a creationist (Dr. John Baumgardner, who will be speaking on this very topic of plate tectonics at AiG’s science conference near Cincinnati over Labor Day weekend.)
On the positive side, we should mention that the beat reporters at “The Post” have generally been accurate and balanced when covering our future Creation Museum to be built near the Cincinnati Airport. It is unfortunate that their editors have not been as careful in their coverage of creation/evolution issues.
Director, Ministry Relations Division
Help keep these daily articles coming. Support AiG.
Discover how compromise starting in Genesis has filtered down from Christian seminaries and colleges to pastors—and finally to parents and their children. This erosive legacy is seen in generations of young people leaving the church—two-thirds of them. Get the facts, discover God’s truth, and help bring a new reformation to churches and families by helping to call them back to the authority of God’s Word.
Answers magazine is the Bible-affirming, creation-based magazine from Answers in Genesis. In it you will find fascinating content and stunning photographs that present creation and worldview articles along with relevant cultural topics. Each quarterly issue includes a detachable chart, a pullout children’s magazine, a unique animal highlight, excellent layman and semi-technical articles, plus bonus content. Why wait? Subscribe today and get a FREE DVD download!