Ken Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis organization, is coming to town to explain how evolution has incited racism and should be banned from the classroom.
According to Ham, evolution suggests some races are closer to apes than others. This is the latest creationist strategy to battle evolution, following the failure to get "intelligent design" recognized as science.
Evolution, in fact, denies racial superiority, claiming instead that all branches of man are equidistant from the apes as measured by generations. DNA studies show the branching of the races was so recent as to be negligible.
We are not separate species, and with current rates of intermarriage, race itself will disappear in a few hundred years.
Moreover, evolution has never assumed any measure of superiority at all. If there is any yardstick of superiority in evolution, it would be the proliferation of offspring, by which the most recent census would place Hispanics above both African-Americans and whites, and fire ants above us all.
Ham seems to forget that for 300 years the Bible was quoted by Southern white preachers to support slavery, identifying Africans as descendants of Noah's son Ham (no relation to Ken). Noah cursed Ham's children to enslavement after Noah got drunk and naked and Ham failed to cover him up.
Come on, Mr. Ham. Are we to keep a literal interpretation of Genesis at all cost? Should we hide from our children the Hubble telescope pictures that still haven't found the firmament holding back the waters of chaos? And how is it that God created night and day on the first day, photosynthetic plants on the third, but didn't create the sun until day four?
Let us enjoy the spiritual truths of the Bible without insisting on its clearly bad science.
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