Last April, a controversial documentary, staring Ben Stein brought academic censorship to light directed at mainstream Americans firstly, then the rest of the world. As a result, it has sparked state and local governments in trying to pass what is known as the “Academic Freedom Bill.” Recently a video has surfaced with Ben Stein making a public announcement about this very subject…
Censorship in the universities and public schools is not too surprising considering secularists and special interests alike use “separation of church and state” as a way to be less than neutral in the educational system. But as Christians we certainly do not want the State start teaching doctrine. Since the public is a very diverse group, it would not be not possible to teach sound doctrine to everyone’s liking.
Besides, it’s the main duty of the church to be preaching and teaching the Word of God not the State. So what about questioning evolution and critical looking at it’s strengths and weaknesses? Isn’t that a form of teaching religion in the public schools? No, one can be critical of evolutionary theories and not actually teach God as being the designer or creationism in general as shown in the video below.
Keep in my Stephen Meyer is an ID proponent which means the designer is unknown, and it’s history is non-existent. Meaning, all this concept accepts is an intelligent agent had created new information for the creation of different species, but from there evolution takes place.
Some say, it’s water down creationism, because of the conclusion it brings out, not on the basis of it’s argument. But in reality it’s more like water down evolution. Intelligent design proponents have there own little war with creationism. I say “little” because currently they are more at war with naturalistic evolution and it’s censorship of ID concepts.
Academic Freedom on evolution is much needed in the public schools. Students and teachers alike should be more free in expressing critical ideas about evolution. Teachers should not be so upset, if evolution is being critically looked at by the students. Teachers should also not be in the business of censoring certain controversial thoughts being displayed, because they may disagree with evolution.