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Kansas Education Shortchanged by Corporate Tax Breaks

The Kansas public school system has become famous–or infamous–worldwide as a leader in the fundamentalist Christian movement to de-emphasize the teaching of evolution and introduce creationism and intelligent design to the curriculum.

Kansas Education Shortchanged by Corporate Tax Breaks

By Kari Lydersen
Infoshop News (news.infoshop.org)

The Kansas public school system has become famous–or infamous–worldwide as a leader in the fundamentalist Christian movement to de-emphasize the teaching of evolution and introduce creationism and intelligent design to the curriculum.

But another important story in Kansas schools has gone relatively unnoticed. Kansas schools need to spend $399 million more just to get up to sufficient resource levels, according to a report mandated by the state Supreme Court which was released at the end of 2005. In January 2005 the Supreme Court had ordered the legislature to spend more per pupil in schools, noting deficiencies especially in low-income areas and areas with many English-as-a-second-language students.

Members of the Wichita youth activism group Hope Street Youth Development say they have felt the effects of the dearth of school funding first hand. Among other things, as documented in a report by Hope Street, after school programs ranging from sports to band are not free but entail fees high enough to keep many students from participating. Late afternoon buses which used to take students home from these activities have also been cut.

“If you’re involved in any kind of activity, whether it’s an after school club, sports, or whatever, it all requires some kind of fundraising,” said Louis Goseland, 17, a member of Hope Street and a senior at Wichita High School West. “There are times when instead of practicing you spend more time talking about fundraising. In the classrooms teachers often pay out of pocket to carry out the curriculum and do activities. The journalism program is supported by two different departments, and they’ll take so long arguing about which one will pay for toner for the printer, because neither one has enough money. And the school facility’s pretty worn down. Everything in there’s pretty old.”

The November 2005 report by Hope Street found that 46 percent of Wichita students decided not to participate in an after school activity because it was too expensive. With 65 percent of Wichita students receiving free or reduced cost subsidized lunches, it is obviously not a school district where families have much disposable income for extracurricular activities. Most programs charge a $50 “pay to play” fee, which is reduced for low-income students, along with equipment, uniforms and other costs. The report notes that most students participate in fundraisers to support extracurricular programs. But since the main people who buy raffle tickets, candy or whatever the fundraising commodity may be are relatives, this is essentially just another charge on families.

States all over the country are experiencing severe budget crunches and have problems with under-funded schools. Students and organizers at Hope Street think they know where to point the finger for their funding problems. Major companies received over $74 million in tax breaks in Wichita in 2004. This is money that otherwise would have gone to the state budget and been available for school funding. Tax abatements are generally given as a way to try to boost the local economy, by luring companies and helping them prosper and grow, thus theoretically creating jobs and more investment.

But critics of these corporate subsidies note that they are often given to large multi-national companies with comfortable profit margins who don’t need a tax break just to survive; and the abatements are regularly renewed multiple times even if companies have failed to come through with local economic stimulation or job creation. Hope Street activists say the state should be invest ing in students–its future, as the saying goes–rather than huge companies.

The largest recipient of tax abatements in Wichita is the outdoors and camping equipment company Coleman, which received $1.4 million in tax exemptions between 1998 and 2005, according to city of Wichita records. In January the Wichita city council decided to continue Coleman’s 5-year abatement for another year, and then re-evaluate, even though Coleman has not delivered on the promises it made the city in order to receive the abatements.

“Stated that although our policy says we should not grant th is, that we owe an obligation to a company that started here to help them stay in business and keep them competitive with the overseas market,” say minutes from the city council meeting.

Other major recipients of tax breaks in the area included Learjet, Flight Safety International, Eycon Industries, Excel Manufacturing and Royal Carribean.

The Coleman Company was started in Wichita a century ago when W.C. Coleman began manufacturing and selling lanterns. To get a tax abatement, the company promised to create 200 new jobs. But instead, 142 Wichita Coleman jobs were actually cut in 2002.

“One of the arguments for abatements is that they help companies come to Wichita,” said Jake Lowen, an organizer for Hope Street. “But Coleman’s been here for years. They don’t need welfare.”

An analysis on loss of tax revenue in Kansas was done by the Nebraska Coalition for Educational Equity and Adequacy, which is working on similar issues in Nebraska. The analysis says that the Wichita Unified School District lost $3.8 million in potential revenue from property taxes on corporations in 2004 because of $74.1 million in tax abatements given to those companies, of which Coleman was the largest recipient.

Though property taxes go into the state budget, which then funds schools on a per pupil basis, the report used tax abatements in the area covered by the school district and the formula to calculate how much property tax revenue goes to schools to give an example of how schools lose out when companies get tax breaks.

Janet Harrah, director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University, said the tax abatements actually have little effect on schools since a set per-pupil amount is funded by the state regardless of property tax revenues. She said the only direct correlation is on a relatively small amount levied through taxes for capital improvements on schools.

“Property taxes are assessed to raise money for schools, but if they don’t raise enough money to fully fund schools, the amount you receive [is still] directly tied to the number of students you have,” she said. “With a few exceptions [property tax abatements] don’t affect funding for schools.”

But critics of the tax abatements say the currently inadequate level of funding could eas ily be raised if the money from corporate property tax abatements was available.

“That is an amount that otherwise would be going to schools,” said Jerry Hoffman, co-executive director of the Nebraska group. “These are the wealthiest corporations in America, it’s absurd to think they need subsidies.”

After the state Supreme Court’s January 2005 ruling on school funding, the state legislature approved an additional $142 million for schools. The court ordered the legislature to come up with an additional $143 million or they might order the schools closed altogether.

Meanwhile student activists at Hope Street say they hope to make a clearer case to the public about how the tax abatements are hurting their schools and are putting corporate welfare above student needs.

“We want to do more research to make an unquestionable case that there is a connection between the tax abatements and education,” said Goseland. “They’re denying the connection–but we know it’s there. We want to do a real awareness campaign and have the youth take leadership.”

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Kari Lydersen is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, In These Times, LiP Magazine, Clamor, and The New Standard.

 
 

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REPORT: EMORY UNIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM: EVOLUTION VS CREATION By Don Martini


The Atlanta Journal carried the announcement Saturday, 9/9/06. The release said We thought it would be nice to throw everybody together in one room we want to frame the controversy Emory professors will cover different topics in the ongoing debate. Scientists, theologians, historians and legal experts will talk about their areas, followed by discussion.

I enjoyed the remarks of Brooks Holifeld, Professor of Theology, which carefully delineated the development of evolutionary philosophy vs. belief in Biblical creation. The professor explained that Christians have shown great respect for science and that it was commonly understood in the past that the days of Creation were ages, not 24 hours. From the floor I called attention to Hebrews chapters 3 & 4 showing the 7th day, Jehovah's rest, continued 41 centuries later in Paul's time, so the days of Genesis 1 were ages. The half-mile thick fossilized limestone deposits in southwest Texas, confirm the Earth is old.

Well received was Barbara Forrest, sharp Louisiana housewife, a chief witness against creation in Kansas and Pennsylvania. She got a great laugh with a slide of Ann Coulter and her pretty legs. She emphasized that Coulter put 4 chapters against evolution in her book GODLESS. One got the impression that belief in Creation is a heavily financed right-wing Republican conspiracy. Her map showed both were Red states.

School boards in KS and PA ruled intelligent design must be offered as alternate to evolution. They were overthrown when the boards admitted God was the Creator, so creation violates the establishment clause. which US courts have converted into a law against religion. Actually the first amendment guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. But evolution is a religion too, as Richard Leakey admitted in ORIGINS page 84: We shall never truly know. We can guess but even if our guesses were absolutely right, thee is no one to say, yes you have the correct answer! Inescapably it is a matter of faith, and this makes the whole problem more challenging and more exciting. Amen! Lets all now go down to the anthropologists tent for a revival!

Everybody in the room meant evolutionists. No debate, or scientific objections to this rampant mythology, just elitist academians (by their own confession) endlessly repeating their mantra: Evolution is True Evolution is Science. When I play Tiger Woods Ill frame the match, wont invite him, just play by myself and declare a victory. The room reeked with hubris. The 400 or so biologists, Darwinists and students were cautioned to play nice with the other kids, don't use an insulting or snide manner should they have to speak to yahoos, idiots and dodos, terms referenced to believers like Betty and me. Are the following scientists in those categories?

LOUIS BOUNOURE President of the Biological Society of Strassbourg, Director: Strassbourg Zoological Museum, Director of the French National Center of Scientific Research: Evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless.

Dr LYALL WATSON in Science Digest, May 82: Modern apes seem to have sprung out of nowhere. They have no yesterday, no fossil record. And the true origin of modern humans -of upright, naked, tool-making big-brained humans -- is, if we are to be honest, an equally mysterious matter.

Prof D M S WATSON, 20 year Chairman of the Department of Evolution at Univ. of London Evolution itself is accepted by Zoologists, not because it has been observed to occur or can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alterative, special creation, is incredible. Watson spent his life teaching a myth, an admitted lie.

Sir ARTHUR KEITH, President, Royal Anthropological Institute. " Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe in it because Creation is unthinkable. The German Fuhrer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution." Hitler's master race murdered Europe. Darwin taught only the fittest survive and rightfully dominate and destroy the weak. In which case his disciple, Adolph Hitler, acted with moral purity. Quote from Keith's Evolution & Ethics, 1947

Dr. WERNHER von BRAUN:" As I became exposed to the law and order of the universe, I was literally humbled by its unerring perfection. I became convinced that there must be a divine intent behind it all My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?"

Sir ISAAC NEWTON: Who in his 20s conceived calculus, perhaps the greatest theoretical achievement in history, was also wise enough to love God. He said "I must confess to a feeling of profound humility in the presence of a universe which transcends us at almost every point. I feel like a child who while playing by the seashore has found a few bright colored shells and a few pebbles while the whole vast ocean of truth stretches out almost untouched and unruffled before my eager fingers."

ALDOUS HUXLEY in June1966 issue of REPORT, Professions of a Confessed Atheist: "I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning: consequently assumed that it had none and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption For myself, as no doubt for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom." (I wont go into that)

Dr. MICHAEL DENTON, Microbiologist, in EVOLUTION A THEORY IN CRISIS, conclusion: "The influence of evolutionary theory on fields far removed from biology is one of the most spectacular examples in history of how a highly speculative idea for which there is really no hard scientific evidence can come to fashion the thinking of a whole society and dominate an age that it is neither fully plausible, nor comprehensive, is deeply troubling. One might have expected that a theory of such cardinal importance, a theory that literally change the world, would have been something more than a myth."

I could fill several pages with such declarations by men of science. I ask, if prominent experts in the field say its garbage, shouldn't their arguments be heard, or should they be ignored and suffocated? The dirty little secret is that multitudes of scientists the universe is a work of art by a Divine Creator. I've been studying the subject more than 50 years, have dozens of texts by evolutionist imaginarians, so I prepared a flyer to hand out to attendees at the symposium, herewith:


FLYER:

PROBLEMS with the Theory The wicked one according to his superciliousness makes no search: All his thoughts are There is no God Psalm 10:4 NEW WORLD TRANSLATION

1. They say its been going on for 4 billion years, but they date the first appearance of multi-celled creatures, metazoa, at 543 MY ago in the Cambrian era. Suddenly millions of fully formed fossils of thousands of species are found without trace of ancestors! Who filched the fossils? Wrote Darwin in Origin of the Species: If our theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Cambrian stratum was deposited long periods elapsed, and that during these periods the world swarmed with living creatures. Here we encounter a formidable objection To the question why we not find rich fossiliferous deposits belonging to these assumed earliest periods prior to the Cambrian system, I can give no answer. 150 years later this unanswerable objection remains prima facie evidence of divine creation.

2. Paleontology reveals great discontinuity. Species appear abruptly, without ancestors, and end just as abruptly. Cyclic extinctions destroyed millions of species which were immediately followed by completely differentiate types. The doctrine requires the opposite: continuity. Darwin confessed: Not one change of species into another is on record we cannot prove that a single species has been changed Life and Letters of Charles Darwin Vol 1 p 210



Admitted Nobel laureate, biologist & evolutionist Lecomte duNouy in Human Destiny: Each group, order, or family seems to be born suddenly and we hardly ever find the forms which link them to the preceding strain. when we discover them they are already completely differentiated. Not only do we find practically no transitional forms, but in general it is impossible to connect a new group with an ancient one.

3. Mutations, said to be the mechanism of evolution, are uniformly destructive. To build a theory of progressive development on a destructive process is trying to multiply by subtraction.

4. The remains of all pre-human ancestors would fit in a child's coffin. They're apes!
5. The geologic column has never been found, exists nowhere on this planet.
6. Evolutions great advantage: If our ancestors were animals, we can act like beasts!

7. Now lets get religious, you know, believing in something you can't see, like the Big Bang for instance. The mathematics of this theory require 100 times more matter than the universe contains. The Mystery of the Missing Mass! There is barely 1% percent of the mass that the universe should contain according to the Big Bang theory states The Universe Explained. This text continues: So many factors had to be just right for life to come about, that it seems as though the universe must have been created specifically for this purpose. Now they tell us dark matter fills interstellar space, strange material that doesn't absorb light. Many researchers say it may not exist at all. The core problem is that nobody knows what gravity is. Henry Holt & Co. New York 1994

8 And what have we learned from 50 years scanning the heavens with antennas that monitor a million frequencies per second, listening for some signal, some faint evidence of intelligent life in outer space? Carl Sagan estimated billions and billions. His numbers were high, says the 700 page Oxford University Press text The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, by renowned cosmologists Barrow & Tipler: There has developed a general consensus among evolutionists that the evolution of intelligent life comparable to homo sapiens, is so improbable that it is unlikely to have occurred on any other planet in the entire visible universe If it couldn't happen anywhere else, It couldn't happen here!

Darwinism is the universal acid that freed us from faith. Were purposeless concoctions of impersonal forces in a meaningless universe, naked apes. Morality is out, ME is in. Theres no such thing as sin, and how happy this godless philosophy makes us! The fool has said in his heart: there is no Jehovah. They have acted ruinously, they have acted detestably. Psalm 14








LETS TALK A LITTLE SCIENCE!


PREBIOTIC SOUP For 50 years researches have performed experiments passing high voltage sparks thru collections of gasses like the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn and drawing the reaction products into a separate chamber away from the spark. Some amino acids resulted, small structures of 10 to 27 atoms which link to build proteins. Theory says radiation on earths early atmosphere made vast quantities of amino acids which joined to make polypeptides & proteins in pools on the shoulders of volcanoes at about 175 degrees. Zero proteins have resulted from these experiments. Zero! [Harold C. Urey & Stanley Miller received the Noble Prize for their experiments in 1952]

HOW proteins are made in the REAL WORLD, not in evolutionists Imaginations: The designs for all living things are stored in the DNA of each species. DNA resembles a spiral ladder with rungs of bases connecting the rails. There are 4 kinds of bases, A, G, C and T in DNA. The plans for the creature are called genes, from which we get the word genetic. Each cell has a complete set of DNA instructions for the ENTIRE body, all hereditary characteristics, color of eyes, shape of teeth, etc. Every cell possesses more information than a hundred Britannicas stored in a DNA strand six feet long, coiled into the cell nucleus.

So miniaturized is this system that the DNA for all species that ever lived on earth including bacteria, would easily fit in an aspirin. A special enzyme (a protein) unzips a section of the DNA, peels back one of the double strands. Messenger RNA [mRNA] conforms to the exposed section to transcribe the DNA instructions. 3 DNA rungs are used to select each of the 20 varieties of amino acids which may be used to make the new protein. After absorbing the instructions the mRNA detaches from the DNA which zips back together.

The mRNA exits the nucleus and moves to a ribosome in the cytoplasm for protein synthesis. The required amino acids are brought to the RNA template and link to it, forming a protein sequence. Special protein adapters, enzymes, perform this linking process. There are 3 adapters for each of the 20 types of amino acids, 60 all told. The completed new protein is unzipped from the mRNA. Fiat accompli! This process takes place in seconds, millions of times a day in you. This is a simplified outline of protein formation, one authority lists 19 separate steps and dozens of enzymes required for the process.

The critical question is: Source of information? Where did the precise design for 30,000 proteins in you originate? And for tens of millions of species which have lived on our planet? The notion this perfection of precision came into being without design or designer, is unproved conjecture without evidence, mythology!

2. CONSIDER THE EXPERIMENTS WITH METHANE & AMMONIA exposed to high voltage sparks:
Theres no evidence Earth ever had such an atmosphere. Zilch! Nihil! Zero! Amino acids and peptides [linked amino acids] and proteins [large biological polypeptides] aren't alive, just components of living cells. They have the relationship to a living cell that a rivet has to a 747.

3. Amino acids are less stable than most small molecules. If they remain in the reaction zone the spark decomposes them quickly, so in the experiments they were isolated from the energy source. Not so in reality. The thermodynamic point of equilibrium prevents accumulation.

4. Per the theory Earths early atmosphere contained no oxygen/ozone to filter ultraviolet rays. UV destroys amino acids. Said M G Rutten in The Origin of Life: One of the many paradoxes in the early history of life is the fact that the same rays of the sun which formed the building blocks of the molecules of life were lethal for life.

5. Methane and ammonia are poisonous. No one has explained how this imagined methane/ ammonia atmosphere converts to nitrogen/oxygen. It had to be instantaneous, for as soon as life started the gasses would kill it, and if oxygen arrived too soon the protinoids & amino acids would be oxidized, destroyed.

6 DNA & RNA and dozens of enzymes are necessary for protein replication. Amino acids in an evaporation pond would destroy the bases necessary for DNA & RNA. Theres no generally accepted model for the spontaneous synthesis of DNA & RNA. Chemicals essential to the process, aldehydes and hydrogen cyanide, would evaporate too.

7 When amino acids bond to form peptides and proteins the linkage involves the loss of two hydrogen atoms from the amino, NH3, site and an atom of oxygen from the carboxyl [CO2] site of the adjacent amino acid and a molecule of water is formed as a by-product. Its a DEHYDRATION PROCESS! Linked amino acids, peptides, cannot accumulate in the sea since they're formed by dehydration and dissolve when hydrolyzed. This also eliminates sub-sea hydrothermal vents as evolutionary kickstarters.

8. But suppose a smart scientist goes into a lab, puts the gasses in the bottle, and 30 minutes later has a frog: What happened? He proved that Intelligence created life: GOD!


EVOLUTIONS FRUITS Christ said: By their fruits you will recognize them every good tree produces good fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit. Evolutionism degrades us, eradicates our dignity. Were animals competing in the struggle for life; likely to work our own extinction, now popularized. Films, the art of our time, measure our culture. Count the depraved, pessimistic, corrupt movies teaching treachery, despair and moral bottomlessness, promoting a bitter, loveless, wanton world gone wild, marching to oblivion.

Deep in the soil of elitist academia grows a Hitlerian view of malice toward all, charity toward none, smiling on any scheme that kills people, eliminates useless eaters, human bacteria, (I'm using their terms) Forrest Mims III, Chairman of he Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science gives this report of a madman being honored for plotting genocide.

I watched in amazement as a few hundred members of the Texas Academy of Science rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a speech that enthusiastically advocated the elimination of ninety percent of Earths population by airborne Ebola. The speech was given by Dr. Eric R. Pianka, University of Texas lizard expert named by the Academy The 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist. Without presenting any data to justify this number, he asserted that the only feasible solution to saving Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number. After praising the Ebola virus for its efficiency at killing, Pianka paused, leaned over the lectern, looked at us and carefully said, We've got airborne 90% mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that. Professor Pianka was deadly serious. He speaks for a swelling contingent of misanthropic intellectuals. Mims, author of 60 books on electricity, walked out of the awards ceremony in protest. See his online report: Meeting Dr. Doom.

NEWSWEEK reported Princeton Bioethetics Professor Peter Singer: Who doesn't deny that killing a fetus involves killing life. But he says some infanticide is not even as important as, say, killing a happy cat. During a Senate debate on partial-birth abortion two pro-choice senators were asked: Suppose the baby slips all the way out before the doctor can kill it. Then does it have the right to life? Both senators said no, it was still the mothers choice. Singer said briskly, They're right 9/13/99

Behold the ultimate insane atrocity, humanity's extermination, proclaimed by celebrated sages. Singer wants a UN Declaration of Great Apes, awarding personhood to non-humans, and argues theres no sanctity or primacy to human life, were merely animals. Many think Singer is an important philosopher, in demand as a lecturer and respected. Naturally hes an evolutionist. Saner authorities call Singer Professor Death, the most dangerous man on the planet. Hes an Australian Jew who's parents fled Germany to escape extinction. Three of his grand-parents died in concentration camps, yet one of Singers books is called the Mien Kampf of the euthanasia movement. He wants parents to have 30 days after a baby's birth to decide whether to keep it or kill it. Bioethics! Princeton President Harold Shapiro, who hired Singer, is also Jewish. Have these deluded men no memory?

Human sacrifice, once the barbaric practice of savage tribes, is advocated by these monsters on the industrial scale of the Charlton Heston movie Soylent Green. In the worlds chambers of power and money enlightened thoughtful men, persuaded most of mankind must perish, ponder efficient methods of extermination. Rosemary Radford Ruether, eco-feminist theologian, whatever that is, calls us parasites on the food chain of life and claims, we need to seek the most compassionate way of weeding out people.

Suppose youre a bright young Texan named Vader, disciple of Pianka the Terminator, You get your biochemistry degree and soon concoct the Doom Formula, the perfect terminator toxin, irreversible, instantaneous, impossible to detect and cheap as rain. As you gaze at a flask of the vaporing liquid, you think what to do with it? As an apostle of Pianka and Ruether aren't you obligated to apply it to useless eaters, human bacteria, mankind? Do you have a choice? Save the Earth by destroying humanity! Be assured the halls of academia are stuffed with lunatics convinced genocide is its own justification. The kamikaze ethic survives; in the Mideast, in Texas, at Princeton, everywhere.
Contrast this grim view with the Lords prayer: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on EARTH as it is in heaven. Jesus promised: The meek will inherit the earth. The gospels were inscribed with the blood of the human secretaries Jehovah employed to write them, they died for their witness. This is a powerful evidence of scriptural truth. Would you make up a lie, then die for it? Nor did they! It may not be fashionable to construct ones life by Christian principles, but no one ever came up with a better way to live than the 10 commandments, distilled in the New Testament into this remarkable injunction: For the entire Law stands fulfilled in one saying, namely: You must love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 5:14)

Isaac Asimov said our brains are equal to the needs of a thousand lifetimes. Jehovah gave us this enormous mental capacity to, like Isaac Newton: Think Gods thoughts after Him. Ill welcome the opportunity to show how the Bible agrees with actual science, and help you get to know its Author better. He offers eternal life. Of course theres no charge.

DON MARTINI 9270 RIVER CLUB PKWY DULUTH, GA 30097 770 242-2599
chemscience20004 (at) yahoo.com

Read:

NATURES DESTINY Michael Denton, Simon & Shuster Lucid, an evolutionist, despite his facts.
EVOLUTION, A THEORY IN CRISIS Michael Denton, Adler & Adler
DARWINS BLACK BOX Michael Behe, Professor of Biochemistry, Lehigh Univ. Simon & Shuster WHAT DARWIN DIDNT KNOW Geoffrey Simmons, M.D. Harvest House Publishers
INTELLIGENT DESIGN William A. Demski, Intervarsity Press
ORIGIN of SPECIES REVISITED 2 terrific volumes W. R. Bird Regency, Nashville
A nationally prominent Atlanta attorney calls Charles Darwin to the witness stand
LIFE, HOW DID IT GET HERE, BY EVOLUTION OR BY CREATION? Jehovahs Witnesses


Send a small contribution for postage & Ill send you this beautiful 256 pg color-illustrated book












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REPORT: EMORY UNIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM: EVOLUTION VS CREATION By Don Martini


The Atlanta Journal carried the announcement Saturday, 9/9/06. The release said We thought it would be nice to throw everybody together in one room we want to frame the controversy Emory professors will cover different topics in the ongoing debate. Scientists, theologians, historians and legal experts will talk about their areas, followed by discussion.

I enjoyed the remarks of Brooks Holifeld, Professor of Theology, which carefully delineated the
development of evolutionary philosophy vs. belief in Biblical creation. The professor explained that Christians have shown great respect for science and that it was commonly understood in the past that the days of Creation were ages, not 24 hours. From the floor I called attention to Hebrews chapters 3 & 4 showing the 7th day, Jehovahs rest, continued 41 centuries later in Pauls time, so the days of Genesis 1 were ages. The half-mile thick fossilized limestone deposits in southwest Texas, confirm the Earth is old.

Well received was Barbara Forrest, sharp Louisiana housewife, a chief witness against creation in Kansas and Pennsylvania. She got a great laugh with a slide of Ann Coulter and her pretty legs.
She emphasized that Coulter put 4 chapters against evolution in her book GODLESS. One got the impression that belief in Creation is a heavily financed right-wing Republican conspiracy. Her map showed both were Red states.

School boards in KS and PA ruled intelligent design must be offered as alternate to evolution. They were overthrown when the boards admitted God was the Creator, so creation violates the establishment clause. which US courts have converted into a law against religion. Actually the first amendment guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. But evolution is a religion too, as Richard Leakey admitted in ORIGINS page 84: We shall never truly know. We can guessbut even if our guesses were absolutely right, thee is no one to say, yes you have the correct answer! Inescapably it is a matter of faith, and this makes the whole problem more challenging and more exciting. Amen! Lets all now go down to the anthropologists tent for a revival!

Everybody in the room meant evolutionists. No debate, or scientific objections to this rampant mythology, just elitist academians (by their own confession) endlessly repeating their mantra: Evolution is True Evolution is Science. When I play Tiger Woods Ill frame the match, wont invite
him, just play by myself and declare a victory. The room reeked with hubris. The 400 or so biologists, Darwinists and students were cautioned to play nice with the other kids, dont use an insulting or snide manner should they have to speak to yahoos, idiots and dodos, terms referenced to believers like Betty and me. Are the following scientists in those categories?

LOUIS BOUNOURE President of the Biological Society of Strassbourg, Director: Strassbourg Zoological Museum, Director of the French National Center of Scientific Research: Evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless.

Dr LYALL WATSON in Science Digest, May 82: Modern apes seem to have sprung out of nowhere. They have no yesterday, no fossil record. And the true origin of modern humans -of upright, naked, tool-making big-brained humans -- is, if we are to be honest, an equally mysterious matter.

Prof D M S WATSON, 20 year Chairman of the Department of Evolution at Univ. of London Evolution itself is accepted by Zoologists, not because it has been observed to occur or can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alterative, special creation, is incredible. Watson spent his life teaching a myth, an admitted lie.

Sir ARTHUR KEITH, President, Royal Anthropological Institute. Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe in it because Creation is unthinkable. The German Fuhrer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution. Hitlers master race murdered Europe. Darwin taught only the fittest survive and rightfully dominate and destroy the weak. In which case his disciple, Adolph Hitler, acted with moral purity. Quote from Keiths Evolution & Ethics, 1947

Dr. WERNHER von BRAUN: As I became exposed to the law and order of the universe, I was literally humbled by its unerring perfection. I became convinced that there must be a divine intent behind it all My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?

Sir ISAAC NEWTON: Who in his 20s conceived calculus, perhaps the greatest theoretical achievement in history, was also wise enough to love God. He said I must confess to a feeling of profound humility in the presence of a universe which transcends us at almost every point. I feel like a child who while playing by the seashore has found a few bright colored shells and a few pebbles while the whole vast ocean of truth stretches out almost untouched and unruffled before my eager fingers.

ALDOUS HUXLEY in June1966 issue of REPORT, Professions of a Confessed Atheist: I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning: consequently assumed that it had none and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption For myself, as no doubt for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom. (I wont go into that)

Dr. MICHAEL DENTON, Microbiologist, in EVOLUTION A THEORY IN CRISIS, conclusion: The influence of evolutionary theory on fields far removed from biology is one of the most spectacular examples in history of how a highly speculative idea for which there is really no hard scientific evidence can come to fashion the thinking of a whole society and dominate an agethat it is neither fully plausible, nor comprehensive, is deeply troubling. One might have expected that a theory of such cardinal importance, a theory that literally change the world, would have been something more than a myth.

I could fill several pages with such declarations by men of science. I ask, if prominent experts in the field say its garbage, shouldnt their arguments be heard, or should they be ignored and suffocated? The dirty little secret is that multitudes of scientists the universe is a work of art by a Divine Creator. Ive been studying the subject more than 50 years, have dozens of texts by evolutionist imaginarians, so I prepared a flyer to hand out to attendees at the symposium, herewith:


FLYER:

PROBLEMS with the Theory The wicked one according to his superciliousness makes no search: All his thoughts are There is no God Psalm 10:4 NEW WORLD TRANSLATION

1. They say its been going on for 4 billion years, but they date the first appearance of multi-celled creatures, metazoa, at 543 MY ago in the Cambrian era. Suddenly millions of fully formed fossils of thousands of species are found without trace of ancestors! Who filched the fossils? Wrote Darwin in Origin of the Species: If our theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Cambrian stratum was deposited long periods elapsed, and that during these periods the world swarmed with living creatures. Here we encounter a formidable objection To the question why we not find rich fossiliferous deposits belonging to these assumed earliest periods prior to the Cambrian system, I can give no answer. 150 years later this unanswerable objection remains prima facie evidence of divine creation.

2. Paleontology reveals great discontinuity. Species appear abruptly, without ancestors, and end just as abruptly. Cyclic extinctions destroyed millions of species which were immediately followed by completely differentiate types. The doctrine requires the opposite: continuity. Darwin confessed: Not one change of species into another is on record we cannot prove that a single species has been changed Life and Letters of Charles Darwin Vol 1 p 210



Admitted Nobel laureate, biologist & evolutionist Lecomte duNouy in Human Destiny: Each group, order, or family seems to be born suddenly and we hardly ever find the forms which link them to the preceding strain. when we discover them they are already completely differentiated. Not only do we find practically no transitional forms, but in general it is impossible to connect a new group with an ancient one.

3. Mutations, said to be the mechanism of evolution, are uniformly destructive. To build a theory of progressive development on a destructive process is trying to multiply by subtraction.

4. The remains of all pre-human ancestors would fit in a childs coffin. Theyre apes!
5. The geologic column has never been found, exists nowhere on this planet.
6. Evolutions great advantage: If our ancestors were animals, we can act like beasts!

7. Now lets get religious, you know, believing in something you can't see, like the Big Bang for instance. The mathematics of this theory require 100 times more matter than the universe contains. The Mystery of the Missing Mass! There is barely 1% percent of the mass that the universe should contain according to the Big Bang theory states The Universe Explained. This text continues: So many factors had to be just right for life to come about, that it seems as though the universe must have been created specifically for this purpose. Now they tell us dark matter fills interstellar space, strange material that doesn't absorb light. Many researchers say it may not exist at all. The core problem is that nobody knows what gravity is. Henry Holt & Co. New York 1994

8 And what have we learned from 50 years scanning the heavens with antennas that monitor a million frequencies per second, listening for some signal, some faint evidence of intelligent life in outer space? Carl Sagan estimated billions and billions. His numbers were high, says the 700 page Oxford University Press text The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, by renowned cosmologists Barrow & Tipler: There has developed a general consensus among evolutionists that the evolution of intelligent life comparable to homo sapiens, is so improbable that it is unlikely to have occurred on any other planet in the entire visible universe If it couldnt happen anywhere else, It couldnt happen here!

Darwinism is the universal acid that freed us from faith. Were purposeless concoctions of impersonal forces in a meaningless universe, naked apes. Morality is out, ME is in. Theres no such thing as sin, and how happy this godless philosophy makes us! The fool has said in his heart: there is no Jehovah. They have acted ruinously, they have acted detestably. Psalm 14








LETS TALK A LITTLE SCIENCE!


PREBIOTIC SOUP For 50 years researches have performed experiments passing high voltage sparks thru collections of gasses like the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn and drawing the reaction products into a separate chamber away from the spark. Some amino acids resulted, small structures of 10 to 27 atoms which link to build proteins. Theory says radiation on earths early atmosphere made vast quantities of amino acids which joined to make polypeptides & proteins in pools on the shoulders of volcanoes at about 175 degrees. Zero proteins have resulted from these experiments. Zero! [Harold C. Urey & Stanley Miller received the Noble Prize for their experiments in 1952]

HOW proteins are made in the REAL WORLD, not in evolutionists Imaginations: The designs for all living things are stored in the DNA of each species. DNA resembles a spiral ladder with rungs of bases connecting the rails. There are 4 kinds of bases, A, G, C and T in DNA. The plans for the creature are called genes, from which we get the word genetic. Each cell has a complete set of DNA instructions for the ENTIRE body, all hereditary characteristics, color of eyes, shape of teeth, etc. Every cell possesses more information than a hundred Britannicas stored in a DNA strand six feet long, coiled into the cell nucleus.

So miniaturized is this system that the DNA for all species that ever lived on earth including bacteria, would easily fit in an aspirin. A special enzyme (a protein) unzips a section of the DNA, peels back one of the double strands. Messenger RNA [mRNA] conforms to the exposed section to transcribe the DNA instructions. 3 DNA rungs are used to select each of the 20 varieties of amino acids which may be used to make the new protein. After absorbing the instructions the mRNA detaches from the DNA which zips back together.

The mRNA exits the nucleus and moves to a ribosome in the cytoplasm for protein synthesis. The required amino acids are brought to the RNA template and link to it, forming a protein sequence. Special protein adapters, enzymes, perform this linking process. There are 3 adapters for each of the 20 types of amino acids, 60 all told. The completed new protein is unzipped from the mRNA. Fiat accompli! This process takes place in seconds, millions of times a day in you. This is a simplified outline of protein formation, one authority lists 19 separate steps and dozens of enzymes required for the process.

The critical question is: Source of information? Where did the precise design for 30,000 proteins in you originate? And for tens of millions of species which have lived on our planet? The notion this perfection of precision came into being without design or designer, is unproved conjecture without evidence, mythology!

2. CONSIDER THE EXPERIMENTS WITH METHANE & AMMONIA exposed to high voltage sparks:
Theres no evidence Earth ever had such an atmosphere. Zilch! Nihil! Zero! Amino acids and peptides [linked amino acids] and proteins [large biological polypeptides] aren't alive, just components of living cells. They have the relationship to a living cell that a rivet has to a 747.

3. Amino acids are less stable than most small molecules. If they remain in the reaction zone the spark decomposes them quickly, so in the experiments they were isolated from the energy source. Not so in reality. The thermodynamic point of equilibrium prevents accumulation.

4. Per the theory Earths early atmosphere contained no oxygen/ozone to filter ultraviolet rays. UV destroys amino acids. Said M G Rutten in The Origin of Life: One of the many paradoxes in the early history of life is the fact that the same rays of the sun which formed the building blocks of the molecules of life were lethal for life.

5. Methane and ammonia are poisonous. No one has explained how this imagined methane/ ammonia atmosphere converts to nitrogen/oxygen. It had to be instantaneous, for as soon as life started the gasses would kill it, and if oxygen arrived too soon the protinoids & amino acids would be oxidized, destroyed.

6 DNA & RNA and dozens of enzymes are necessary for protein replication. Amino acids in an evaporation pond would destroy the bases necessary for DNA & RNA. Theres no generally accepted model for the spontaneous synthesis of DNA & RNA. Chemicals essential to the process, aldehydes and hydrogen cyanide, would evaporate too.

7 When amino acids bond to form peptides and proteins the linkage involves the loss of two hydrogen atoms from the amino, NH3, site and an atom of oxygen from the carboxyl [CO2] site of the adjacent amino acid and a molecule of water is formed as a by-product. Its a DEHYDRATION PROCESS! Linked amino acids, peptides, cannot accumulate in the sea since theyre formed by dehydration and dissolve when hydrolyzed. This also eliminates sub-sea hydrothermal vents as evolutionary kickstarters.

8. But suppose a smart scientist goes into a lab, puts the gasses in the bottle, and 30 minutes later has a frog: What happened? He proved that Intelligence created life: GOD!


EVOLUTIONS FRUITS Christ said: By their fruits you will recognize them every good tree produces good fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit. Evolutionism degrades us, eradicates our dignity. Were animals competing in the struggle for life; likely to work our own extinction, now popularized. Films, the art of our time, measure our culture. Count the depraved, pessimistic, corrupt movies teaching treachery, despair and moral bottomlessness, promoting a bitter, loveless, wanton world gone wild, marching to oblivion.
Deep in the soil of elitist academia grows a Hitlerian view of malice toward all, charity toward none, smiling on any scheme that kills people, eliminates useless eaters, human bacteria, (Im using their terms) Forrest Mims III, Chairman of he Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science gives this report of a madman being honored for plotting genocide.

I watched in amazement as a few hundred members of the Texas Academy of Science rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a speech that enthusiastically advocated the elimination of ninety percent of Earths population by airborne Ebola. The speech was given by Dr. Eric R. Pianka, University of Texas lizard expert named by the Academy The 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist. Without presenting any data to justify this number, he asserted that the only feasible solution to saving Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number. After praising the Ebola virus for its efficiency at killing, Pianka paused, leaned over the lectern, looked at us and carefully said, We've got airborne 90% mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that. Professor Pianka was deadly serious. He speaks for a swelling contingent of misanthropic intellectuals. Mims, author of 60 books on electricity, walked out of the awards ceremony in protest. See his online report: Meeting Dr. Doom.

NEWSWEEK reported Princeton Bioethetics Professor Peter Singer: Who doesn't deny that killing a fetus involves killing life. But he says some infanticide is not even as important as, say, killing a happy catDuring a Senate debate on partial-birth abortion two pro-choice senators were asked: Suppose the baby slips all the way out before the doctor can kill it. Then does it have the right to life? Both senators said no, it was still the mothers choice. Singer said briskly, Theyre right 9/13/99

Behold the ultimate insane atrocity, humanitys extermination, proclaimed by celebrated sages. Singer wants a UN Declaration of Great Apes, awarding personhood to non-humans, and argues theres no sanctity or primacy to human life, were merely animals. Many think Singer is an important philosopher, in demand as a lecturer and respected. Naturally hes an evolutionist. Saner authorities call Singer Professor Death, the most dangerous man on the planet. Hes an Australian Jew whos parents fled Germany to escape extinction. Three of his grand-parents died in concentration camps, yet one of Singers books is called the Mien Kampf of the euthanasia movement. He wants parents to have 30 days after a babys birth to decide whether to keep it or kill it. Bioethics! Princeton President Harold Shapiro, who hired Singer, is also Jewish. Have these deluded men no memory?

Human sacrifice, once the barbaric practice of savage tribes, is advocated by these monsters on the industrial scale of the Charlton Heston movie Soylent Green. In the worlds chambers of power and money enlightened thoughtful men, persuaded most of mankind must perish, ponder efficient methods of extermination. Rosemary Radford Ruether, eco-feminist theologian, whatever that is, calls us parasites on the food chain of life and claims, we need to seek the most compassionate way of weeding out people.

Suppose youre a bright young Texan named Vader, disciple of Pianka the Terminator, You get your biochemistry degree and soon concoct the Doom Formula, the perfect terminator toxin, irreversible, instantaneous, impossible to detect and cheap as rain. As you gaze at a flask of the vaporing liquid, you think what to do with it? As an apostle of Pianka and Ruether aren't you obligated to apply it to useless eaters, human bacteria, mankind? Do you have a choice? Save the Earth by destroying humanity! Be assured the halls of academia are stuffed with lunatics convinced genocide is its own justification. The kamikaze ethic survives; in the Mideast, in Texas, at Princeton, everywhere.
Contrast this grim view with the Lords prayer: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on EARTH as it is in heaven. Jesus promised: The meek will inherit the earth. The gospels were inscribed with the blood of the human secretaries Jehovah employed to write them, they died for their witness. This is a powerful evidence of scriptural truth. Would you make up a lie, then die for it? Nor did they! It may not be fashionable to construct ones life by Christian principles, but no one ever came up with a better way to live than the 10 commandments, distilled in the New Testament into this remarkable injunction: For the entire Law stands fulfilled in one saying, namely: You must love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 5:14)
Isaac Asimov said our brains are equal to the needs of a thousand lifetimes. Jehovah gave us this enormous mental capacity to, like Isaac Newton: Think Gods thoughts after Him. Ill welcome the opportunity to show how the Bible agrees with actual science, and help you get to know its Author better. He offers eternal life. Of course theres no charge.

DON MARTINI 9270 RIVER CLUB PKWY DULUTH, GA 30097 770 242-2599
chemscience20004 (at) yahoo.com

Read:

NATURES DESTINY Michael Denton, Simon & Shuster Lucid, an evolutionist, despite his facts.
EVOLUTION, A THEORY IN CRISIS Michael Denton, Adler & Adler
DARWINS BLACK BOX Michael Behe, Professor of Biochemistry, Lehigh Univ. Simon & Shuster WHAT DARWIN DIDNT KNOW Geoffrey Simmons, M.D. Harvest House Publishers
INTELLIGENT DESIGN William A. Demski, Intervarsity Press
ORIGIN of SPECIES REVISITED 2 terrific volumes W. R. Bird Regency, Nashville
A nationally prominent Atlanta attorney calls Charles Darwin to the witness stand
LIFE, HOW DID IT GET HERE, BY EVOLUTION OR BY CREATION? Jehovahs Witnesses


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