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Creationism: Asking the Obvious Questions

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Whenever I see or read an interview with someone who advocates teaching creationism in the public schools, I always hope to hear someone --reporter, editor, educator --ask that person the oh-so-obvious questions.

It hasn 't happened yet.

So --in my humble opinion, here is the way the interview should go --and never does.

EVANGELICAL: Evolution is just a theory. Creationism is an alternate theory, once that should also be taught in our public schools.We also think that that public school children should be exposed to the teachings of the Bible --

INTERVIEWER: Excuse me, but I 'm a little puzzled. Have all the churches shut down?

EVANGELICAL: What?

INTERVIEWER: The thousands of churches in this country. Have they all shut down? Has someone abolished Sunday School? Has a law been passed prohibiting parents from reading the Bible to their children at home?

EVANGELICAL: No, of course not, but --

INTERVIEWER: Isn 't it the responsibility of parents and houses of worship to teach religion?

EVANGELICAL: Well, yes, of course, but creationism isn 't a religion, it 's an alternative scientific theory --

INTERVIEWER: Who did the creating?

EVANGELICAL: What?

INTERVIEWER: Who or what did the creating? Who is the creator?

(A long pause.)

INTERVIEWER: Isn 't it God? And isn 't creationism therefore a matter of religion?

EVANGELICAL: You don 't understand. We 're talking about a scientific theory here. The point of intelligent design --

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