I think it is safe to say Republicans don’t have a problem with science. But regardless of the political affiliation, many thinking people have a problem with evolutionary explanations about the origin of the universe or life, and in particular about its claims concerning the source of the diversity of life. Contrary to your boilerplate response that any questioning of evolution must be “religious” in nature, the reality is that greater and greater “faith” is required in evolution to believe in its ability to accomplish what it is credited with doing. You may be mindlessly accepting the scientific establishment’s dogma that given enough time and chances “life will find a way.” (That may be a clever and popular cliché, but please remember it’s from the first Jurassic Park movie – not exactly the best source of real scientific information.)
Have you read anything (say even in the last 20 months) related to the new discoveries being made in genetics or paleontology? The whole evolutionary concept of junk DNA has been wiped away by the research called “the ENCODE Project,” a follow-up to the Human Genome Project.
This new research has provided intelligent design proponents dramatic evidence to support the proposal that natural selection is insufficient to explain the complexity of the information systems involved in living organisms, and in particular in humans. Have you heard about all the soft organic tissue that is now frequently being found in supposedly 65 million year or older partially fossilized dinosaur bones?
The silly explanations offered by the staunch believers in evolutionary theory – the bones were deposited in sandy sediment or there are high amounts of iron in dinosaur blood thus preserving the red blood cells and vessels – reveal a complete inability on their part to objectively re-evaluate long held ideas. The fact that more people are questioning evolution indicates that more people are actually reading and learning what’s happening in modern scientific research these days, instead of getting their science education from movies. To see for yourself the number of highly trained and prominent scientists who have in agreement, signed the following statement, “we are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.” Check out the list at www.dissentfromdarwin.org. I really doubt they’re all Republicans. You could tune your radio to 91.7 and hear Scripture on Creation every Saturday at 5 p.m.
Clarence Barinowski, Appling