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14. Because God Says So
The Dover Area School District in Pennsylvania is
sued by a group of parents after it
“intelligent design” to the curriculum presented to high
biology students. Intelligent design, the parents argue, is
science. It is simply a clever phrase for
. Creationism is based on the Book of Genesis
the Bible. It is the belief that, in
days, God created the universe and all its
, including Adam and Eve, the first humans.
officials believe that evolution is merely a theory,
a flawed one at that. They argue that,
students taking biology must learn about evolution, these
must also learn about intelligent design.
sides to every story,” said Daryl Scopes, a
official. “Darwin’s theory of evolution is just that—a
. Not one scientist has ever proved that it
valid. The whole idea is absurd. Darwin wants
to believe that all Earth’s animals, from ants
elephants, have one common ancestor—the sponge! How ridiculous
that? We decided that our students must be
of the true facts, as described in Genesis.
created the first man—Adam—in His own image. From
of Adam’s ribs, God then created Eve. God
Adam and Eve in charge of the Earth
all its creatures. Adam and Eve were perfect
. But then they listened to the evil serpent
ate the forbidden fruit, and life for them—and
, their children—has been far from perfect ever since.
’s a beautiful story and, more important, a completely