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Family: Today was my Dad's 70th birthday. We celebrated by having lunch at Steak & Ale and then having a Swedish tea-ring at my Aunt Frances' house. It's one of my Dad's favorite desserts. Aunt Frances doesn't like to make it very often because it requires a lot of work--it's essentially making a sweetbread. She got up at 5 o'clock this morning to start it and have it ready by the time we got there.

Anyway, it was delicious!

Food: new cool food item of the day: Parched corn! Once a snack of the American pioneers, now it is sold in cans like honey-roasted peanuts. Rather tasty!

Politics: A mild rant against creationism. Might be offensive to some, so read at your own risk.

On C-SPAN, I watched a lecture by author Ann Coulter . I didn't catch all of her lecture; primarily the very and and the question and answer session afterward. I like listening to Coulter. She's very entertaining, even if she is a bit over the top for my taste.

I don't agree with her stand on the theory of evolution, however. I get the impression that Coulter is a lot more in favor of teaching creationism in science classes than I am. I am totally against it. I do not regard the Judeo-Christian creation myth as fact, and I do not want it taught to my children (should I ever have any) presented with as much validity as the theory of evolution.

Bottom line--School is school, and church is church. Evolution should be taught in school; creation should be taught in church, in my opinion. I hold a lot of conservative beliefs, and I consider myself to be religious and Christian (Catholic)--but I do not want religion taught to children as if it is fact.

Religion is a thing of the heart. Religion has to be learned by living it and longing for it; it can't be taught as fact; that's not the way religion is best understood. It has to be felt, instead.

People who want creation to be taught in school as a valid explanation of cosmology scare me. I have not seen one shred of evidence to suggest that God woke up one day and said, "I think I'll create the universe over the next few days." I have seen people jump through hoops trying to reconcile creation with known facts about the age of the Earth and of the universe. "A day in God's reckoning could be billions of years," they've told me.

No. The people who lived when the first books of the Bible were written did not conceive of billion-year days. They understood a day to be 24 hours long, perhaps slightly less. One revolution of the Earth on its axis. Any so-called theory that requires that big of a hoop to be jumped through does not hold any water with me, and I don't want it being taught to my children as if it has the same rigor as evolution--which can be directly observed in bacteria, peas, and Drosophila, among other things.

I don't mind creation being taught in a religious survey class, but please leave it out of science class. Please. It's about as provable as spontaneous generation.

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