Should evolution be taught in school? Should creationism?

Sam Stern

By Sam Stern: One of my earliest movie memories is being befuddled watching the 1960 screen adaptation of Inherit the Wind, a fictionalized telling of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial.”

The movie, based on the trial which resulted in John T. Scopes’ conviction for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to aTennessee state law, probably aired on television in 1964 when I was 12.

While I missed the parable about McCarthyism, which the country had recently survived, I was familiar with Darwin’s theory of evolution. I could not believe that someone could be criminally prosecuted in 20th century America for teaching science in a public school classroom. My young mind cheered when the character based on William Jennings Bryant became flustered by Clarence Darrow’s cross-examination, caught up by contradictions in “God’s Word.”

By 12, I was an avid reader. I had been attending Hebrew School five days a week and Junior Congregation at our synagogue on Saturday for several years. I understood the concept of faith and the power of Biblical (Five Books of Moses) lessons. Continue reading

What does it mean to be a Christian?

By Cindy Moy: I am a Christian, but please do not confuse me with the right-wing Christians you see in the political world. I do not recognize myself in them.

My family attends church on Sunday, says grace before each meal, and gathers every night to recite The Lord’s Prayer. Our faith is more peace and love than fire and brimstone.

This is what I believe:

  • I believe that invoking God’s name in politics is blasphemy. God is not a mascot.
  • I believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry.
  • I believe in evolution. The Christian version is called theistic evolution.
  • I am a feminist.
    Continue reading