This is how I ended my previous post about the Bill Nye Ken Ham debate:
So that is it in a nutshell. The only reason to teach origins is to establish a world view. The Christian wants to teach creation to establish a Christian World View, where we are responsible to God. The Evolutionist wants to teach evolution, where we are only responsible to ourselves.
What do you think? Should we teach Creation, should we teach Evolution or should we just stop teaching origins at all and let the students bring their own world view into the classroom?
We have been and are teaching evolution, so look around and see if we are missing anything.
Then I came across these two stories to illustrate the current world view we have embraced from Powerlineblog.com.
“Swell” Mel Reynolds, a former Congressman who represented portions of Chicago, has been arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography charges. He is accused of bringing Zimbabwean models and other women to his hotel room and taking pornographic photos and videos of them.
Reynolds reportedly filmed more than 100 videos and shot 2,000 nude pictures of at least 10 different women. In the process, he reportedly ran up a hotel bill of $24,500 which he has not yet paid.
We’ve written about Reynolds before in connection with the modern history of the congressional district he once represented. Reynolds unseated Gus Savage after Savage was investigated by a House ethics panel for sexual misconduct involving a Peace Corps volunteer while he was on an official congressional visit to Zaire. The committee condemned his behavior and Savage apologized.
Reynolds resigned from Congress in 1995, after a jury found him guilty of having sex with an underage campaign worker. He later was convicted of federal charges of bank and campaign fraud. He remained in jail until President Clinton commuted his sentence in January 2001.
The transgressions of Reynolds successor Jesse Jackson, Jr., are well known. He misappropriated $750,000 of campaign funds, converting them to personal use, such as home furnishings, improper travel and gifts. Jackson was convicted, along with his wife, and sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Reynolds had the audacity to hope that he would succeed Jackson. In 2012, following the latter’s downfall, Reynolds announced his candidacy for the congressional seat. He called his campaign “Redemption.” But the voters declined to redeem Reynolds (even Chicago has its limits) and now, it seems, he has failed to redeem himself.
Arthur Bishop, the new director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), was convicted in the 1990s of bilking his employer, a substance abuse counseling center, out of money received from its clients. According to the center’s director at the time, Bishop created a bogus program for convicted drunk drivers. He took money from patients and provided them with forms they wrongly believed would allow them to get their driver’s licenses back.
Unfortunately for Bishop’s victims, the center wasn’t licensed by the state to provide that service at the time. Bishop pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, is standing by his decision to make Bishop the state’s top child-welfare official. He claims to see no connection between Bishop’s corruption and his ability to lead a department that has been plagued by charges of failure to keep track of its money. In December, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued a Chicago businessman and friend of a former DCFS director to recover millions of dollars in state grant money the businessman allegedly misspent.
If Quinn can’t see the connection between stealing and unfitness to run a large government agency, perhaps he can connect the dots on Bishop’s own “children and family” issues. Court records show that a paternity case was filed against Bishop in 2003, when he was a DCFS deputy director. DNA tests showed he was the father of Erica Bishop, then 17.
According to the child’s mother, Bishop, who was married to another woman when Erica was born, “denies his own daughter’s existence” even though “he visited us on numerous occasions at my parents’ house when she was a child.” The mother further alleged that Bishop “even asked me if he could live in with me if his wife put him out after she learned the truth.”
The mother obtained a $4,175 judgment against Bishop and health insurance coverage for Erica until she turned 18. But she was denied back child support after Bishop argued that she had never sought support of any kind from him and had concealed that he was Erica’s father.
A crook and deadbeat dad at the helm of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services. That, it seems, is the Chicago/Illinois way.
What struck me about the two stories was the leadership factor. We have Bill Clinton putting the prestige of the American presidency to pardon a sex criminal and you have the governor of Illinois putting the weight and authority of his office to get a man who wouldn’t take responsibility for his own out of wedlock child to be responsible to make sure that others take responsibility for their children.
This is the fruit of teaching what we teach about evolution in our schools.