Evolution vs. Creationism Debate?
We have this long paper to write for english in 9th grade about whether or not intelligent design should be taught along with evolution theory. This is a PERSUASIVE essay.
My three arguments:
1. intelligent design violates the first amendment, which calls for a separation of church and state in a public environment.
2. science is a subject that is taught so that a conclusion can be reached on finite evidence. since there is no way that intelligent design is based upon rational and empirical evidence, and even violates some of the laws of nature, it does not fit into the science curriculum.
3. i can’t think of one!
Please help me think of a third argument. Do you think this looks good? Also, what can I say to sound smart? I hang out at R&S a lot, so I know the stuff I should put, but just making sure.
FIRST AMENDMENT of the US Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now… WHERE does this call for the SEPARATION of church and state? I don’t SEE that ANYWHERE in this text. It states that Congress shall not make any laws respecting an ESTABLISHMENT of religion. That means that Congress cannot ESTABLISH ONE religion over any OTHER religion.
Then, it goes on to state that Congress CANNOT PROHIBIT the FREE EXPRESSION of ANY religion… PERIOD. So if some school (a “governmental agency”?) PROHIBITS the expression of Intelligent Design, it is VIOLATING the FIRST Amendment of the Constitution.
WHY can’t people UNDERSTAND THIS???? It’s NOT rocket science NOR brain surgery!
Sorry, I cannot even begin to address the rest of this, because your first argument is a total and complete fallacy.
MARANATHA! Come, Lord Jesus, COME!