New Florida Board of Education Chair: “I won’t support any evolution being taught as fact at all in any of our schools.”

By Mark Frauenfelder | 2 August 2019
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A surefire way to tell if someone is a liar and/or ignorant about science is if they say a scientific theory is “only a theory,” like it’s a guess or a hypothesis and not a factual framework. That’s exactly what Florida’s new Board of Education chairman, a citrus farmer named Andy Tuck, said about the theory of evolution when he was the vice-chairman:

“As a person of faith, I strongly oppose any study of evolution as fact at all. I’m purely in favor of it staying a theory and only a theory. I won’t support any evolution being taught as fact at all in any of our schools.”

Tuck was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

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58 COMMENTS

  1. Religious people try to undermine evolution by saying its just a theory. Well religion is not even that, come on… A story of the first man made of dirt whose rib was used to make a woman who got duped by a talking snake into eating a magic wisdom apple is probably the most ridiculous thing I ever heard and for someone to claim that is more credible than evolution is hilarious.
    Incidentally it must have been a bit of a shock for the ancient Sumerians when your invisible friend got round to making the heavens and the earth 6k years ago given they had been around for a while and one of their Kings had already drafted many of the religions laws you supposedly attribute to your so called God.

    • Worse yet, the snake was telling the truth: it told Eve she would not die the day she at the fruit of knowledge. The god had told Adam that "in that day he would surely die," yet they each lived hundreds of years. Then the god said that from then on humans would live a maximum of 120 years. And yet, Methuselah.

      The story is showing that the god lied to keep us ignorant and amoral.

  2. Mainline Protestantism, and a camp within Catholicism and Orthodoxy since the 1940s – accepting that religious teachings about Creation, the Book of Genesis, and scientific theories of Darwinian evolution need not contradict each other. Genesis and biological evolution are compatible; I think that young-Earth creationism may be this slippery slope to anthropogenic global warming-rejection, where in turn the instruction to youth. E.g. the Ark Encounter, northern KY; and the evangelical Protestant-leaning Trump Executive Branch.

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