Private school students in Louisiana, many of whom receive tax vouchers for attending these schools, are learning a different anthropology lesson than other students around the country. The private school students are not only learning that Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster is real, but that the mysterious monster is proof that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is wrong and the theory of creationism is correct.
This argument is the work of publisher Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), who presents this theory in textbooks, which they provide to the schools. The students are taught that the monster was a dinosaur that co-existed at the same time as man, and it is this co-existence that refutes the theory of evolution which they claim is not based on scientific fact. The textbooks go on to say that there is no transitional evolution, and God made the creatures as he wanted them to be. It’s just me but one would think that if God wanted this idea to be so easily accepted, he would have made Nessie a bit more available for public appearances or at least a few press conferences. As the Supreme Being, I am sure he had enough connections to get her on one or two red carpets or at least one reality TV show. Hiding her beneath the murky and cold waters of Loch Ness doesn’t go a long way to proving his point.
ACE’s “alternative” theory did bother me but not nearly as much as one of the other lessons in their textbooks which claim the Ku Klux Klan has been maligned. Awww! Yep, ACE teaches that the KKK is a respectable organization fighting for the morality of society, and it is this crusade that has led them to use the cross as its symbol. What is interesting about ACE’s depiction of the KKK is that the multi-generational tradition of lynching and terror seems to have disappeared without a trace unlike the Loch Ness Monster.
I will give this group credit as they have me re-thinking evolution. If there is any proof that creatures did not ascend the evolutionary ladder, it is found in the offices of Accelerated Christian Education.