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L. E. Alba

L. E. Alba
New Jersey, USA
January 09
Semi-retired but fully inspired
L.E. Alba (aka Lary9) was born into a venerable Louisiana political family during the Truman administration. Educated in engineering and liberal arts, this father of three opinionated offspring, has had a lifelong love affair with all things American especially political independence. He routinely apologizes for his progressive zeal by claiming to be besotted with Liberty. After serving in the USAF during the undeclared Vietnam war, he promptly joined the Woodstock Generation, lived in a commune in Haight-Ashbury and, despite the seductive Sirens of the West Coast, returned to the East and began to cultivate a stubborn but artistic Yankee sensibility. More often than not, this landed him squarely in radical left-wing territory on most issues. Lately he has been thinking about retiring from politics but his Louisiana roots are deep and proving to be retirement-resistant. [Twitter: @Lary9]


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APRIL 12, 2011 1:59PM

The Slippery Slopes of Creation Science in Tennessee

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[ A reply to a Tennessee op/ed writer re the legislation protecting Creationism discussion in classrooms.]

Mr. Cummings, I believe we've had this exchange before. I had hoped that you might have revised your errors in incorrectly presenting the case that biological evolution is equivalent to atheism---but you have not. There is not a single atheistic sentiment in Darwin's "Origin of Species", in fact, he even closes the book artfully with several rather spiritual comments. Why don't you get over yourself. Evolution can be metaphysical or materialistic. There are many scientists who subscribe fully to the ideas in contemporary evolutionary science and still have strong theistic convictions.

The problem you have is that their convictions are undoubtedly not identical to Christian fundmentalists who base their entire understanding of creation upon Genesis. Suppose I believe in God yet also in evolution as a manifestation of God's original creative impulse? Imagine further that I don't defer to the Bible as a sacred canon nor do I believe that the Bible is the inerrant direct utterance of God? See? There's your patently sectarian problem in a nutshell. You really want everyone who studies biology on your watch to be cookie-cutter Christian soldiers---and that just ain't kosher constitutionally. Stop lying to people by way of implying that it's either evolution and atheism or Genesis and theism.

Don't you see what a slippery slope you're on? If you manage to actually implement your goals, then others may come along with a third view of creation based upon the suras of the Quran. Would you like that? What if the courts mandated that now we must teach Quran Science, including ideas about a disk-shaped earth, formed in 6 stages, along with 7 separate heavens and angels flying all through them and man being ceated from a clot of blood? Imagine all those devout Muslims in Tennessee demanding equal time? Maybe they'd all just have to share the time in 5th. period science class or, worse, teach the controversy! You'd blow a head gasket then! Quit while you're ahead. Keep stealth religion out of science class!

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Well, as a resident of Tennessee, I resemble your remarks! When you live in a place where more people -- by far -- believe in virgin birth and resurrection than in Evolution -- or for that matter the Pythagorean Theorem -- your logic is utterly wasted and your words are an incitement to riot.

Your inclusion of Islam here is apt, for their ain't much I can discern between Islamist loonies and Baptist loonies -- tho on the whole, I'd say the Baptist women are a bit better looking -- at least the ones that don't' chew tobacco or snort meth.
Stop you're killing me. LMPAO...(laughing my partisan ass off)
Q'uran Science! Hah! That would drive them nuts. I'm afraid that would get you driven out of any bar in Tennessee faster than a pig in a...I mean a porcupine that has'm not good at Southern witticisms.

Excellent post.
Great, Dave. I guess I'll cancel my next trip to Nashville. I always loved Beale Street too!
PS: See how much fun Liberals have?
Correction. I realized too late that Beale Street is in Memphis. Apologies.