The question of Creation vs. Evolution is not freely discussed today in US culture. Censorship and indoctrination are used to promote Evolution in all public schools and most schools of higher education. The media will not report anything that would question belief in Evolution and will consistently distort creationist news and views. If you want more evidence to confirm this, go to the Ark Encounter Web site and review the negative publicity, or examine the history of the opposition to building the Creation Museum in Kentucky. This origins censorship is viewpoint discrimination and a clear, direct violation of First Amendment freedom! As Christians, we must be aware of it and speak out against it at every opportunity.
The United States today is far from the nation the founders envisioned; however, there are still some Christian principles partially underlying our culture:
- A government established based on the consent of the governed, of the people by the people, and for the people.
- The moral compass of right or wrong based on the Bible and the Ten Commandments.
- God-given individual rights and responsibilities as recognized by both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
- Unlimited economic opportunity based on a free enterprise system, i.e. Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and many more.
- Specific freedoms for the people enumerated in the first ten amendments to the Constitution: free speech, free press, ownership of private property, the right to assembly, constraints on government search and seizure, etc.
Applying these principles should assure open dialogue on the matter of Creation vs. Evolution, but that is not the case. In many parts of US, no discussion of origins is allowed: in most media, in public schools, and a majority of institutions of higher learning.
I had one evolutionary university professor come to my Web page to tell me, “We teach our students, ‘Evolution is true. Don’t question it!'” If students doubt they’re told, “Shut up and accept it or you fail this course.”
My friend Bob Kelly and I were invited to teach Creation at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in the late 1980s. We taught three one-hour sessions. After the last class, the department head took us to lunch to thank us for our time since we weren’t paid an honorarium. He told us, “Although we appreciate your time, we will never invite you back again because you did not play fair in your presentation.” Confused, Bob asked, “How did we play unfairly?” Somewhat frustrated, he said, “You told our students things we would never teach them.” I asked for examples, and he exclaimed angrily, “The gaps in the fossil record, the irreducible complexity of living organisms, the information content in genetics, and much, much more!” It was apparent to both Bob and I that he was not interested in education but in presenting only the Evolution view to recruit believers and fortifying those that already believed. That’s propaganda, not education. A real education includes looking at all sides of an issue.
As Christians we MUST defend our right to speak TRUTH or we will loose it. Political correctness must never take precedence over freedom to speak!
This blog is from portions of Chapter 9 “Cultural Context” in my book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” Charlie is also the author of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! http://yourchristiananswers.com
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