Issue 64, Winter 1996/1997

Rather than allow 5th and 6th graders to read about the Big Bang theory in Discovery Works, a Silver, Burdett and Ginn science textbook, the school superintendent in Marshall County, KY had the offending pages glued together.

According to the National Center for Science Education, the Superintendent was quoted as saying: “We’re not going to teach one theory and not teach another theory,” and that his action had “nothing to do with censorship or anything like that.”

As Isaac Asimov said about evolution in a 1980 address to NCAC, “[creationists] make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”