On April 20, 2012, an academic-freedom-in-science-education bill will become law in Tennessee. Louisiana was the first state to enact such popular legislation in 2008, and none of the shrill predictions of litigation over the law's constitutionality have materialized.
What this development will mean for Tennessee's public school students remains to be seen. Presumably, they will henceforth be able to discuss in biology class increasingly prevalent criticisms of Darwinian evolution, using supplemental material such as the mind-expanding addenda available free at www.textaddons.com.
After all, Darwin himself devoted three of the fifteen chapters of his book, Origin of Species, to discussing his theories' weaknesses.
April 20 will also mark the fateful day that survivors of the 1999 Columbine High School murders will memorialize that tragedy. On that day, disturbed teens Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before taking their own lives. People are still asking why.
On his web page, Harris listed many things he hated, but Darwin's theory of evolution, particularly his suggestion of natural selection, stood in stark contrast. "YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE??? Natural SELECTION!," he crowed. "It's the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms but it's all natural! YES!"
The day of the massacre, Eric Harris wore a white T-shirt with the inscription "Natural Selection" on the front. While that may be just a coroner's report footnote to some, here's insight from respected author and theologian Ravi Zacharias:
"When we have told our young people today that Naturalism is true - we have evolved from nothing more than some primordial slime; when we have told them objective moral values do not exist - you decide what is right and wrong for you; when we have told our young people that there is no ultimate destiny; when we have told them that man is the measure of all things, that there is no transcendent basis on which to find out what life is about and what life's goal is, why then are we surprised when we see the hell that is unleashed by that kind of philosophy?"
April also marks 100 years since the Titanic sank. Doug Phillips, founder of the Christian Boy's and Men's Titanic Society, notes, "The Titanic's sinking marked the darkest and brightest night in maritime history.
Though more than 1,500 people died in this international tragedy, the Darwinian notion of the 'survival of the fittest' was rejected in favor of the age-old Christian doctrine that the 'strong sacrifice for the weak.'"
May God give grace to allow such a selfless, culture-preserving spirit to be awakened here in America on our watch.