A poll published by Newsweek March 31, 2007 found that about 91% of the population in the United States believes in God, and 48% believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. Despite these high numbers, we find the views of creationists are mocked by the media and actively discriminated against in public schools.
A number of organizations and even the National Academy of Sciences (a US national government agency) actively oppose creationism and lobby to keep these views from being taught in public schools. Most, if not all, such groups are motivated by a philosophical opposition to biblical creationism, and counter with arguments derived from naturalistic scientific research.
Anticreation in media
- Main Article: Anticreation in Media
The belief in Biblical creationism, and in particular that the earth is 6000-10,000 years old, is ridiculed by the news, educational programming, and in popular culture.
Examples of popular culture anticreation can be found in shows like "The Simpsons", "Sopranos", "Family Guy", "South Park" and "Evan Almighty" where creationism is projected as a belief that is only held by people unable to think for themselves.
Anticreation in public schools
- Main Article: Anticreation in Public Schools
Perhaps no place is anticreation sentiment more apparent than in the US public school system. Today Christian teachers are afraid of letting their faith be known and pray only in secret. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union quickly move to sue any school district if it is reported that a teacher is introducing intelligent design concepts. Numerous examples have also been documented where educators were discriminated against simply because of their views about God that never made it into the classroom.
This anticreation movement has been furthered by government agencies such as the National Academy of Sciences, which has gone so far as to publish booklets discouraging the teaching of creationism (See Science, Evolution, and Creationism) . Government policy is also in place to prevent those who believe in God from receiving teaching certification.
- The National Academy of Sciences is a US national government agency that was created in 1863 to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government. According to a 1998 report in the journal Nature, a recent survey found that 93% of NAS members are either atheists or agnostics. The biologists in the National Academy of Sciences were found to possess the lowest rate of belief of all the science disciplines, with only 5.5% believing in God. Their recent anticreation activities include the publication of Science and Creationism. This book, published in 1999, states unequivocally that creationism has no place in any science curriculum at any level.
- The American Civil Liberties Union is strictly opposed to Creation. This organization says that Creation should not be taught in schools because it is a direct violation of the United States Constitution. "The ACLU policy on religion in public schools states that '...any program of religious indoctrination -- direct or indirect -- in the public schools or by use of public resources is a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and must be opposed....'" "In 1980, the Board of Directors further clarified this policy by stating, 'ACLU also opposes the inculcation of religious doctrines even if they are presented as alternatives to scientific theories.'" The ACLU believes that Creation is the perfect example of these doctrines. This organization mistakenly believes that there is no evidence for Creation; they think that people who interpret the Bible literally do not have any form of proof, but that they simply "just believe" without looking for any physical evidence.
- The National Center for Science Education has devoted itself to the belief in evolution. It defends the "right" to teach evolution in schools, while saying that Creation has no place within American educational facilities. The organization claims to be religiously neutral, but is still extremely antagonistic towards the belief in Creation. The Director of this center is Eugenie Scott, a physical anthropologist who taught at several universities before becoming the Director in 1987. The NCSE gets involved in controversies over the belief of Creation and Evolution whenever possible.
- Main Article: Atheism
Atheism is a philosophical denial of the existence of God. A more active stance affirms the nonexistence of God, and proposes positive belief rather than mere suspension of disbelief.
- Main Article: Secular Humanism
Secular humanism is a branch of humanism that specifically seeks to separate itself from groups that believe in a deity. Simply stated secular humanism is a philosophical worldview or religion that shares beliefs based on atheism or agnosticism. Secular humanism is the only view that is and is allowed to be taught in the U.S. public school system.
- Main Article: Evolutionism
The most prominent belief to oppose creationism on scientific grounds is known as the general theory of evolution. This view, in the broadest sense, includes cosmic evolution beginning with big bang, the origin of life, and the common descent of biological life on Earth.
- Main Article: Theistic evolutionism
Theistic evolutionism (also known as evolutionary creationism) is a form of old earth creationism whose advocates are frequently found actively opposing young earth creationism. As such, the position is generally considered anticreationary by many.
The perspective is derived from an attempt to reconcile Biblical teachings and the common evolution theory. Although, some people interpret this as a scientific theory, it is more of a philosophical view of origins. Those holding to this belief state that teachings of Creation and Evolution do not need to contradict. Theistic Evolutionists believe that God did in fact create the earth, but that he accomplished it over billions of years.
Anticreation response articles
The CreationWiki editorial staff is compiling responses to the claims of anticreationists. The majority of the pages are rebuttals to the anticreation sites, Talk.Origins and the EvoWiki. To browse the list of all response articles, see the anticreation response category.
- Index to Creationist Claims - responses to the Talk.Origins Index to Creationist Claims. Response articles have now been written for all claims, but many can be improved.
- Frequently Asked But Never Answered Questions - responses to the Talk.Origins FABNAQ.
- The Revised Quote Book - responses to The Revised Quote Book: Looking at how Creationists Quote Evolutionists, published by Talk.Origins.
- Creationism support is at a new low. The reason should give us hope. Going up alongside a likeness of William Jennings Bryan is a depiction of Clarence Darrow, Bryan’s pro-evolution adversary in Dayton’s historic Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. USA Today, July 13, 2017.
- After originally refusing to issue a permit to creation scientist Andrew Snelling so he could collect rocks at the Grand Canyon, National Park authorities relented and issued a permit, June 30, 2017.
- As Pastor Faces Lifetime in Prison, Supporters Argue Persecution Kent Hovind is set to be back in court next month on charges, and supporters are encouraging Christians and all Americans to take action. New American. February 03, 2015.
- Student sues school district after her forced 'confession' Not long after a student from Loomis Basin Charter School (LBCS) invited her two friends to a Creation seminar held off campus, school officials became livid, summonsing her to the principal's office four times in the same day in order to force her into writing a "confession" of what she had done. OneNewsNow December 10, 2014.
- Camp Teaches Kids How to Defend Evolution Against Creation ‘Bullying’ The First Unitarian Universalist “Church” of Springfield Missouri sponsored the evolution camp for about 30 children. Christian News Network, July 28, 2014.
- Lawsuit: CSUN Scientist Fired After Soft Tissue Found On Dinosaur Fossil Attorneys for a California State University, Northridge scientist who was terminated from his job after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops fossil have filed a lawsuit against the university. CBS News Los Angeles, July 24, 2014.
- ‘We Will Not Tolerate Your Religion!’ School Fires Scientist for Questioning Evolution A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory. Christian News, July 24, 2014.
- Legislators Demand Answers about Intelligent Design Ban at Ball State University Evolution News & Views, March 11, 2014.
- The attack on biblical creation in UK schools continues Creation Ministries International, March 9, 2014.
- Main Article: Anticreationist
- Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992)
- Richard Dawkins
- Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900 - 1975)
- Mark Isaak
- Stephen Jay Gould
- Ernst Mayr (1904 – 2005)
- Ian Plimer
- Michael Ruse
- Eugenie Scott
- Kevin Henke
- Joseph Meert
- Carl Sagan
- Lenny Flank
- Sam Harris
- God’s Numbers The latest NEWSWEEK poll shows that 91 percent of American adults surveyed believe in God—and nearly half reject the theory of evolution. Also, Americans on John Edwards and the Senate's goal for troop withdrawal.
- National Academic Press Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, Second Edition. 48 pages. 1999
- Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program (2009-10) Higher Education Coordinating Board
- Leading scientists still reject God Nature, Vol. 394, No. 6691, p. 313 (1998)
- ACLU Position Statement on "Creation-science" The American Civil Liberties Union, March 11, 2002.
- Reports of the National Center for Science Education (RNCSE) National Center for Science Education, August 4th, 2008.
- ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ earns Wisconsin dubious award World Magazine, December 24, 2013.
- Wikipedia:Theistic_evolution By Wikipedia
- Theistic Evolution-An Essay By Carl Drews. 2000. Last update: March 9, 2010
- The Anti-Creationists by Henry Morris, Ph.D. Acts & Facts, Jun 1, 2004.
- The Facts about Intelligent Design: A Response to the National Academy of Sciences’ Science, Evolution, and Creationism by Casey Luskin. Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Center. January 15, 1985.
- When will Europe wake up? Council of Europe ‘condemns creationism’ (but it ought to reconsider where the ‘threat to human and civic rights’ is really coming from). by Jonathan Sarfati and David Catchpoole. Creation Ministries International
- Hoax of Dodos Discovery Institute responds to false claims in Randy Olson's film Flock of Dodos.