I don’t know anything about Michele Bachmann (and I don’t have to). All I know is that she believes in Creationism or intelligent design, which if you don’t know already by now, is the politically correct version of believing in the Bible and God as the Creator of all things.
Apparently, Zack Kopplin, a high school student from Baton Rouge, La, has set out to take out a certain law (linked to studying/addressing alternative theories to evolution) in Louisiana. Quoting from the Huffington Post article above, “The law, the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008, encourages attacks on evolution to be taught in Louisiana’s public schools under the banner of critical thinking. This is the only state law of its sort in the country and, as Zack so well points out, Louisiana students interested in science are being done a huge disservice by its very existence.”
Wow Mr. Zack Kopplin! Are you saying that simply because the law exists, you (and your fellow science students) cannot fully pursue science and study it to your hearts desire?
Anyways, he has gone out and challenged (a poker style challenge at that!) Michele Bachmann because she said this: “there is a controversy among scientists about whether evolution is a fact … hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel prizes, believe in intelligent design.”
So, what did our young Zach Kopplin do? Well, he has gone out and gathered the support of American Association for the Advancement of Science (the largest general science organization in the world), the National Association of Biology Teachers, The Clergy Letter Project (organization of clergy and scientists recognizing that religion and science need not be in conflict) and many other other scientific groups including the American Institute for Biological Sciences, The American Society for Cell Biology, the Society for the Study of Evolution, The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Even the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to support the repeal.
But did young Zack Kopplin stop there? No! Of course not, I mean he really is sold out for his cause. A petition he wrote on Change.org has over 65000 supports and amazingly, he now has the endorsement of at least 43 Nobel prize winners (in science obviously!).
All this to take out a law that is merely there to consider alternatives to one theory.
Wait? Isn’t that what science is supposed to be? All about addressing various theories and then going out and finding evidence to support those theories?
Granted, Michele Bachmann made a very broad statement without backing it up with facts of her own (which are out there by the way).
So, just because young Zack Kopplin has done all these things to attack a law that challenges science and evolution, does that make him and millions of others like him, right? Just because he has 43 Nobel prize winners on his side, does that make their assertion that evolution is fact and the Biblical model (creationism/intelligent design) just nonsense?
So, if the majority of people, who make a lot of noise and get the support of a bunch of organizations and Nobel prize winners (because clearly, they are superior human beings in every way than average people such as myself), claim that evolution/science has all the answers and that any other possibility is hogwash, then, does that make their claims true and everything and everyone else a liar?
Has science, without a shadow of a doubt, proven evolution to be a fact? Without being a scholar or member of any of the organizations above or even a Nobel prize winner, I can give you that answer. No.
Sure, it has put forth many theories in support of the theory of evolution (with evidence of it as well in many cases), but if you were to ask young Zack Kopplin and his Noble prize winning cronies or any other legitimate scientist “Has evolution been proven without the shadow of a doubt?”, in all honesty and humility, could they answer YES?
This brings me to my question: Can anything perfect come out of something imperfect?
Can any human being, in all honesty and truthfulness, say/claim that they are perfect, without any flaws (physical, emotional, mental, cognitive or otherwise)?
There is not a single human being on Earth who can say that he or she is perfect.
So then, how can Zack Kopplin and millions of scientists around the world say that the theory they hold on to so dearly, the theory of evolution is undeniable fact and that everything else is crap, when it is a theory that imperfect human beings have put forth?
Sure, a science supporter can argue that the Bible has been put together by man and therefore, should face the same scrutiny as the theory of evolution. I agree! Go for your life and challenge it, but that’s exactly my point. If scientists in good conscience cannot state that the theory of evolution is undeniable fact, then they should stop attacking anything or anyone that challenges it with an alternative, no matter how scientific or unscientific that claim may be.
The Biblical account of creation is a direct challenge to the theory of evolution. That God, a divine power, created the universe is a direct challenge to the theory of evolution. So, why is it that Zack Kopplin and all the other science supporters out there so threatened by it?
Isn’t that going against the very nature of science itself?
All of a sudden, just because a theory (God as Creator as stated in the Bible/Creatonism/Intelligent Design) does not suit the minds/thinking of a few people (one Zack Kopplin, 43 Nobel prize winners, 65000 online supporters, 100 organizations or even a million scientists), does that make it OK to eliminate it as a possibility?
Can such a tiny sample of people (using science here) truly claim to represent the collective thought of all humanity (there are over 6 billion people on Earth!)?
So Zack Kopplin (and the many who are supporting him), bravo for being sensational in your attempt to serve your god (Science) and in doing so, showing us (and the rest of the world), how much of a scientist, you are not!
Because if you were truly a man of science, you would not be threatened by anything that challenges evolution, but welcome it as an opportunity to fight for what you believe in.
In 1 Peter 3:15-16, the Bible says:
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
We as Christians are meant to study the Bible everyday, live according to what God has written in it and above all, to live in hope, by faith in Jesus Christ, whom we have accepted as our personal Lord and Savior. As the verse above states, we are called to be ready to give reason for this hope.
So, why can’t you, Zack Kopplin and all your fellow scientists, like we are called to, always be ready for the hope that you have placed in evolution, rather than trying to shoot us down and insult us and mock us every chance you get (and make a big show of it while you are trying to do it)?
In the end, its up to each individual person to make the choice to believe in evolution or God. Individuals like Zack Kopplin are asserting their views on everyone else as fact. It has almost become a crime to stand up against evolution (I fear it soon will be). To believe in God, the Bible, and the account of creation in it, is unacceptable and not scientific! People like Zack Kopplin is attempting to take the competing theories out in the guise of it standing in their way of true knowledge.
And sadly, the world is falling for it.
God cannot be silenced. God cannot be shut out. He is the LORD ALMIGHTY. His Word will not return empty. The Bible has stood the test of time and faced many challenges from many individuals and organizations. Zack Kopplin is just another one and there is more to come.
May the Lord Jesus have mercy on us all and open the eyes, the minds, the hearts of all those who so vehemently oppose Him. He has already died for you. If you don’t believe in Him or accept Him as Lord and Savior, I am afraid there is nothing else that can save you. Not science, not evolution, not Nobel prize winners. Nothing.
God bless you all.