Well, it appears that the Kansas Board of Education is getting ready for another trip back to the 14th century as the issue of evolution verses creation again surfaces. I’m sure this will give some of the late-night comics a few more jokes at the expense of rational Kansan’s. But there won’t be much laughing in our public schools.


This isn’t the first time that the issue of evolution has surfaced in Kansas. In 1999, the Board of Education adopted anti-evolution standards, in 2001, they changed their mind and supported evolution. Then in 2005, they found that evolution was incompatible with religious beliefs, but in 2007 they changed their mind again and said evolution could be taught. Is there any wonder that Kansas school children do so poorly on the state standardized tests. The only thing that has not evolved is the ability of the Board of Education to make up their mind.


One of the most informative elements in the debate against evolution are the clear articulations of the opponents. One individual has called evolution “Satanic lies.” Another has opined that they have “never seen a dog evolve into a cat.” And another has said that ignoring creationism does not “respect religious diversity.” The best place I can think of for religious diversity is in church. But unfortunately there are a lot of churches that believe other churches preach Satanic lies and dogs would evolve into cats before these denominations are respectful of the diversity of other churches.


It seems that the whole issue of creation dates back to the book of Genesis where it’s told that the world was created in six days. Some interpret this as literally a 144 hour time period. I can’t even a small project finished in that time period. Those who believe this story from Genesis want it taught as fact. But not everyone in Kansas believe this story is literal and would like a little science with their theology.


I understand that there is a big difference in how some churches interpret scripture. For most Christians, the Bible does not have to be take literally. We use many of the stories as a support for our faith and not as cement block on which our faith is built.  Jesus came not to affirm the past but to give hope for the future. His concern was with how we would treat people going forward and not about what we believed concerning the past. I believe that he would be less concerned about the evolution/creation debate and more concerned with the number of children coming to school hungry.


The Board of Education would be better served making sure that our children came out of school with the skills necessary to find a job. Instead, they will argue for hours about how the earth was made while it slowly goes to H-E-double hockey sticks in a hand basket. If this wouldn’t make Jesus weep I don’t know what would.




Well, it appears that the Kansas Board of Education is getting ready for another trip back to the 14th century as the issue of evolution verses creation again surfaces. I’m sure this will give some of the late-night comics a few more jokes at the expense of rational Kansan’s. But there won’t be much laughing in our public schools.

This isn’t the first time that the issue of evolution has surfaced in Kansas. In 1999, the Board of Education adopted anti-evolution standards, in 2001, they changed their mind and supported evolution. Then in 2005, they found that evolution was incompatible with religious beliefs, but in 2007 they changed their mind again and said evolution could be taught. Is there any wonder that Kansas school children do so poorly on the state standardized tests. The only thing that has not evolved is the ability of the Board of Education to make up their mind.

One of the most informative elements in the debate against evolution are the clear articulations of the opponents. One individual has called evolution “Satanic lies.” Another has opined that they have “never seen a dog evolve into a cat.” And another has said that ignoring creationism does not “respect religious diversity.” The best place I can think of for religious diversity is in church. But unfortunately there are a lot of churches that believe other churches preach Satanic lies and dogs would evolve into cats before these denominations are respectful of the diversity of other churches.

It seems that the whole issue of creation dates back to the book of Genesis where it’s told that the world was created in six days. Some interpret this as literally a 144 hour time period. I can’t even a small project finished in that time period. Those who believe this story from Genesis want it taught as fact. But not everyone in Kansas believe this story is literal and would like a little science with their theology.

I understand that there is a big difference in how some churches interpret scripture. For most Christians, the Bible does not have to be take literally. We use many of the stories as a support for our faith and not as cement block on which our faith is built.  Jesus came not to affirm the past but to give hope for the future. His concern was with how we would treat people going forward and not about what we believed concerning the past. I believe that he would be less concerned about the evolution/creation debate and more concerned with the number of children coming to school hungry.

The Board of Education would be better served making sure that our children came out of school with the skills necessary to find a job. Instead, they will argue for hours about how the earth was made while it slowly goes to H-E-double hockey sticks in a hand basket. If this wouldn’t make Jesus weep I don’t know what would.