Here is the front page link from a science website called Science Daily. Note the stories to which I added a red dot.
It seems to me that nearly every day that I read these science stories there is yet one more new piece of evidence that the Genesis story is, well, just story. Take that top story on the list: Icy Cosmic Start for DNA Ingredients. It begins:
Using new technology at the telescope and in laboratories, researchers have discovered an important pair of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space. The discoveries indicate that some basic chemicals that are key steps on the way to life may have formed on dusty ice grains floating between the stars.
This story followed an article in September 2012 that said:
Scientists think that the basic ingredients of life, including water and organics, began their journey to Earth on these lonesome ice particles. The ice and organics would have found their way into comets and asteroids, which then fell to Earth, delivering “prebiotic” ingredients that could have jump-started life.
This came two years after another discovery which Science Daily headlined: Super-Complex Organic Molecules Found in Interstellar Space.
Fundamentalist would react to these discoveries, I suggest, in three ways. First would be denial; second would be the concoction of some apologetics story. That’s to be expected. Yet the third is more insidious. That would involve politics- specifically denying or reducing funding of government sponsored science research. There are many in Congress with this exact goal and, not surprisingly, they sit on the right side of the congressional aisle. Additionally, they also sit in state legislatures. We all recall that 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act that Governor Bobby Jindal can use as his ‘credentials’ during his 2016 run for president.
Then there is that bright red Kentucky legislature. In 2009 that body was trying to find a way of undercutting the subject of evolution in state schools by introducing that specious topic of creationism into science classes by adopting the Louisiana model. Today the lunkheads are mad as hell that they voted to tie the state’s testing program to national education standards because these standards include the topic of evolution. Duh. When state legislators found out that the ACT test did not include Creationism, one said, “I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution,” Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg. Givens said. “We’re simply saying to the ACT people we don’t want what is a theory to be taught as a fact in such a way it may damage students’ ability to do critical thinking.”
Hah! What a moron. Givens asked a representative for the ACT Test if they could formulate a test “personalized for Kentucky.”
Yes, ‘personalized’ for the Fundamentalists running the state legislature.