Forget the truth, creationists are in it for the money. In “Beautiful in Bozeman, Montana,” cellular and molecular biologist and Answers in Genesis lecturer Georgia Purdom (“She seeks to understand the original, created, “very good” roles of bacteria in the pre-Fall world and genetic mechanisms that have led to their adaptations and pathogenicity in a post-Fall world”) recaps her experience in Bozeman participating in the “Fact Over Fiction: Countering Myths in Biology” conference earlier this month (I was unable to attend, so I set up this Facebook event). From her post:
One young man (probably eight or nine years old) impressed me with his question of how to deal with the teaching of evolution in the public school which he attended. Since I have a daughter in public school, this question was very relevant to me. I told him to learn as much as he possibly could about evolution and to be the creationist in the class that gets 100% on the test about evolution! One can only defend their own position well if he or she knows the counter position well. I also told him to learn the counter arguments from a biblical creation perspective concerning what he was being taught (our Evolution Exposed series is a great tool for this—even for elementary age children with a parent’s assistance).
People were hungry for resources, and we sold out on many items. Two ladies told me that they wished they could take me home so I could answer questions when they had them. I told them the better idea (because I like my own home!) was to get equipped through our resources like books and DVDs and our website. Probably one of my favorite resources is the New Answer Book series. I told them that’s where I look when I have questions about geology, paleontology, and astronomy which are not in my area of expertise.
… as amazing as it might seem, Answers in Genesis and the Discovery Institute have the ability to shape public policy in frightening ways. Unless many of us keep pointing out what they’re all about, they may well succeed in reshaping America and redefining science in a manner that will do irreparable damage.
That said, there are some FREE resources for science & evolution education listed in my sidebar, under Evolution & Science Education.
Also, the student paper of Montana State University (The Exponent) addressed the conference in its latest issue, here.