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Faith-based science doesn’t belong in our schools


Fri, Aug 12th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

President Bush is now advocating the teaching of “intelligent design” in our schools. Intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of our universe are best explained by an “intelligent” cause rather than by natural selection.

Because evolution cannot explain the structural details to all existence, intelligent design has become a default explanation by proponents of ID. They believe there is a super-natural or intelligent creator causality to all of life.

From a scientific standpoint, evolution is both a fact and a theory. It is a historical fact that organisms are linked together and have changed over time; fossils have provided endless clues as to how life has evolved on earth. Evolution also provides a theoretical framework for exploring that which we do not know.

Evolution is a very simple concept with very complex implications. Living things adapt over time to their environment in order to survive: lizards change color to camouflage themselves from predators; a virulent type of flu crosses species from birds to humans; prairie grasses, with their enormous root systems, are impervious to the effects of prairie fires.

My own personal education about evolution occurred when I had malaria while a Peace Corps volunteer in the Solomon Islands.

Malaria is a parasitic disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The malarial parasite enters the human host when an infected Anophelese mosquito bites a victim, infecting their red blood cells as well as their liver.

Despite the Solomon Islands government’s anti-malarial program, where village huts were whitewashed with DDT, malaria thrived on the island of Guadalcanal where my wife and I lived.

We both took prophylactic medication against malaria: weekly doses of chloroquine to keep the parasite out of our blood streams and quinoquine once a month to keep it out of our livers.

On the day we were to leave the Solomons to return home, I came down with malaria while still taking my medication. My wife came down with malaria three months later in Minnesota while a January blizzard roared outside.

For over two years, the medication we took while in Guadalcanal kept us malaria free. But over time, the parasite changed and adjusted, developing a resistance to the medication we were taking. Quite simply, the parasite .....
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John Bolton and the Peter Principle

Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

While Congress was dashing for the exits so that they could get back to their districts to tell voters what a wonderful job they were doing in Wash-ing-ton-dee-cee, old quick draw George was presenting John Bolton as the next ambassador to the UN.[Read the Rest]

When government shuts down

Fri, Jul 8th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There’s enough blame to go around in St. Paul. The inability for the governor and the legislature to get the job done and keep Minnesota running is a shameful lesson in how party politics has seized state government.

Somewhere b ..... 
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Tom Cruise and Bozo the Clown

Fri, Jul 1st, 2005
Posted in Commentary

I am a strong supporter of people worshiping whatever and whomever they want.

You want to pray to your ancestors, the Kitchen God or Bozo the Clown, more power to you, I say. You want to put needles in dolls like practitioners o ..... 
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A vacuum of trust

Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Vietnam era, from the war’s questionable beginnings in the late 1950’s and early 60’s to the climatic fall of Nixon with Watergate in 1974, helped to create skepticism about government for many of my generation.

No longer d ..... 
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Deep Throat: Traitor or hero?

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

So, now we know who “Deep Throat” was.

W. Mark Felt, the number two person at the FBI during the Nixon Administration revealed last week that he was the source of information leaks to Carl Burnstein and Bob Woodward of the Wash ..... 
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Separation of church and state

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist recently appeared on a national television program which accused his Democratic colleagues of acting “against people of faith.” During the same broadcast, self-proclaimed evangelist, James Dobson, called the United ..... 
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Ag budget should slash waste, not life’s essentials

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

What is the main purpose of agriculture in this country? If it is to feed people and support rural communities, as we believe it is, then taking a serious look at funding cuts being proposed for the U.S. agricultural budget is critical. Congressional ..... 
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Keep God out of politics

Fri, Apr 29th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

When I was a high schooler in the 60’s playing basketball for a Catholic school it was quite common to step up to the free-throw line, make the sign of the cross and let fly. Of course, if you missed the shot it was also quite common to utter an oath ..... 
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