No, no, no! Science is science and there is no debate!

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I don’t want to spend too much time on this, but it really has me fuming.

A Texas legislator, State Representative Leo Berman, wants to remove higher education standards so that a private university called The Institute for Creation Research can offer Masters degrees in Creationism.

Read the article here. (Hat tip to Hemant Mehta.)

This is ideology interfering with standards of academia, plain and simple.  And this brilliant man who has introduced it makes that pretty easy to see too:

“I don’t believe I came from a salamander that crawled out of a swamp millions of years ago,” Berman told FOXNews.com. “I do believe in creationism. I do believe there are gaps in evolution.

“But when you ask someone who believes in evolution, if you ask one of the elitists who believes in evolution about the gaps, they’ll tell you that the debate is over, that there is no debate, evolution is the thing, it’s the only way to go.”

See?  He wants a degree in what he believes not what he knows or understands.  This is just plain wrong and it scares me that people have the power to do such things, even though the likelihood is minimal.

I think this sums it up best:

“It would certainly open the door to all kinds of chicanery,” says Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. “I mean, all you have to do, it looks to me from the bill, is start a non-profit organization, don’t take any federal or state money, and then offer degrees in any fool subject you want.”

Why do we even humor these debates?  Why do we never move past these same foolish issues?  Seriously.

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