Public High School Teacher Muzzled

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Public High School teacher muzzled according to WorldNet Magazine July 2001. Roger deHart used to preside over lively debates about evolution versus intelligent design in his 9th and 10th grade classes until a student filed a complaint against him for criticising Darwinian evolution. The American Civil Liberties Union stepped in and DeHart must now submit his teaching material to the school board curriculum committee and has been reduced to presenting "a near one-sided lecture promoting evolution". DeHart said "If something in science suddenly becomes so sacrosanct that you can't question it, then it ceases to be science. I don't even want to teach creationism, I just want to teach the flaws of Darwinism".

Ironically, Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Council for Science Education one of the most dogmatic opponents of creation, expressed similar sentiments about dogma in the Medford Mail Tribune, June 29, 2001. “If you're going to build a scholarly position, you can't treat your ideas as dogma. You have to change your ideas in light of criticism." (Source: David Buckna)

Editorial Comment: DeHart’s experience is becoming more common. His and Eugenie Scott’s comments remind us that the creation/evolution conflict is not one of science versus faith, but faith in atheistic humanism versus faith in God the Creator.

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