It’s true! They’ve proven, once and for all, that they’re actually cavemen and possibly lower! What other reason could there be for this after realizing that allowing state exams to be based on national requirements would mean testing for a basic knowledge of biological evolution? Via Huffington Post:
They claim it doesn’t give the theory of creationism a fair shake and places undue emphasis on the teaching of evolution, which they maintain exists only as a “theory.”
“I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution,” state Sen. David Givens (R) said in an interview with the Herald-Leader. “We’re simply saying to the ACT people we don’t want what is a theory to be taught as a fact in such a way it may damage students’ ability to do critical thinking.”
Other Republicans voiced their concerns more colorfully.
“The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science — Darwin made it up,” state Sen. Ben Waide (R) said. “My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.”
Either these people are amazingly stupid or incredibly dishonest. “The theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny?” It has withstood ALL scientific scrutiny. For a whole century. We have more proof that evolution is real than we do gravity. Not figuratively, we literally have more evidence for evolution than gravity. Anyone charged with the responsibility of governing his fellow citizens that is unable or unwilling to acknowledge empirical reality should be immediately removed from their position of authority; they are obviously too incompetent to be trusted with power.