There is controversy in the air at Montana Tech over the speakers list at the upcoming graduation ceremony. There is a large contingent of students who are upset at two speakers who are prominent supporters of creationism. In fact Greg and Susan Gianforte are engineers who make financial contributions to an earth creationist museum.
It’s called the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, which presents it’s fossils in the context of biblical creation. Of course most non-creationists would be rather confused how you present something millions of years old in the context of a 16,000 year old planet. The students don’t like it though, stating that the couple are campaigners against science and should not be allowed to speak.
I feel this image is appropriate …….
It’s a difficult decision really, a University should be open minded and allow a platform for all valid arguments. Unfortunately creationism really doesn’t make any sense and ALL the scientific facts state it’s nonsense too. If scientists start believing in something like creationism they might as well go home as they can’t believe anything that is true either.
I’m kind of pleased the students are making a stand, there’s been some pretty pointless protests in Universities over the years but preserving truth is kind of a good one. Others may point out that in Turkey creationists actively block access to anything that disagrees with their world view. You can’t access many atheist web sites for instance without investing in fast proxy service like this to bypass. Over the years there religious leaders have blocked access to other sites too – including the social networking site Facebook.
The couple have promised to not talk about their religious beliefs and are unlikely to attempt to disprove evolution in their keynote speeches. It is nevertheless a place of learning and academia – and if you start believing that creationism is true you have a very different building ….it’s called a church.