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UK Education Ministry and SMU Prof Want Kids to Sit Down & Shut Up About Flaws With Darwinism

I was treated to a --sadly-- all too typical story in the aftermath of the great 4 Nails in Darwin's Coffin: New Challenges to Darwinian Evolution conference the other night at SMU. An SMU staffer told me about what happened to a student that wanted to let his friends know about the event.

Earlier this week the student asked his science professor if at the end of class he could make a quick announcement and the prof said no problem. At the end of the class the student stood up and very quickly announced the name of the event and that students could come and hear about some of the flaws in Darwin's theory. At that point the professor put his hand on the student's shoulder and said, in front of the whole class: "Hold on, if I'd known you were going to announce that I wouldn't have let you stand up. There are NO flaws in Darwin's theory!" The teacher continued to pontificate about how there simply are no flaws in Darwin's theory and that any such claims are all myths.

Then yesterday I read the Nature blog about the new ID Centre that has just launched in the UK. There was a link to this story about the British Humanist Association which is lobbying for the government to grant what amounts to special status to Darwinian evolution in British schools. The ink has barely dried from the announcement and already British Darwinists are feverishly trying to stamp out any dissent.

Essentially, they want to put their hand on every British school student and tell them not to question Darwin's theory.

Such is the state of the debate today. Darwin skeptics and ID proponents are presenting rigorous scientific challenges to Darwinian evolution, from scientists with unprecedented academic pedigree. Students say "hey we want to hear more about that" and Darwinists tell them to sit down and shut up.

Pssst. Kids. We're not gonna sit down or shut up. Look for more scientists hammering Darwin's coffin shut at a campus near you in the future. In the meantime, just peruse the scientific literature and you'll see the nails have already been driven pretty deep.

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