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An honest creationist?

It’s nice to know there’s at least one honest creationist left. Or at least, partly honest. And he lives in Georgia.

Educators across the country are now developing what’s called the “next generation of science standards.”

A member of the Villa Rica Church of Christ told Channel 2′s Diana Davis evolution should not be a part of those standards…

[Church member Bob] Staples and his church are fighting for schools to include another view… Staples told Davis he believes in the literal meaning of the Bible: That god created heaven and Earth.  Although, he says, he does not expect public schools to teach the bible’s view of creationism.

None of this namby-pamby “teach the controversy” stuff. He wants evolution out and creationism in. He doesn’t expect to get what he wants, but he’s telling the plain and simple truth about his goals. Rather refreshing in a way.
Now for the bad news.

Staples, who is a college math teacher, serves on a state committee that is working to develop science standards for education.

It’s a shame the committee that sets the science standards seems to lack adequate standards of its own when it comes to selecting members for the committee! For example, here is Staples’ reasoning for why new species do not arise by descent with variation from common ancestors.

He said people of faith can’t have it both ways.

“You cannot read Genesis 1 and 2 and also agree with evolution. They are contrary to each other. They are contradictory,” Staples said.

In his letter to the state science committee, he claims the teaching of evolution since the 1960s has contributed to what he sees as a decline in American morals.

“The crime rate, child abuse, divorce. All of these things rose from a period following the implementation of teaching Darwinian Theory,” Staples said.

Yeah, that sounds about right. Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species about 50 years ago, and ever since, the US has declined from the crime-free, divorce-free, nice-to-all-kids nation it was in the 50′s and earlier. Sheesh. At least he’s honest about the fact that Genesis contradicts science.