Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a great time of celebration in our country. Erma Bombeck noted the kind of country we are in her usual humorous way: “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

The most important characteristic of America is its belief based on the “self-evident” truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Lincoln cited this principle found in the Declaration of Independence in his famous Gettysburg Address when he stated, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Dr. Martin Luther King also cited this highest of principles in his famous, “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. He stated, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of the creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ “ He built his civil rights crusade on the ideal that all people regardless of race are equals, because all are made in the image of God.

In spite of this crucial reliance on our Creator to give value and equality to all human beings, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a few years ago declared it illegal to teach anything suggesting that we are created beings in the public school science classrooms.

No credible scientist is supposed to be able to reject the dogma of evolution. Yet I personally have met dozens of qualified scientists and know of hundreds, maybe thousands, who reject the idea that highly complex information systems like the DNA molecule could ever possibly arise by chance over any amount of time. Dr. John Sanford, a professor and researcher at Cornell University in plant genetics and inventor of the biolostic gene gun technology was formerly an atheist and evolutionist.

Sanford hosted a conference at Cornell a few years ago that featured presentations by 24 highly qualified scientists in a variety of related fields who all agreed that there is no mechanism to produce the needed increase in complex information required for life other than design by intelligence. They published their presentations in a book, ‘Biological Information — New Perspectives.’

Sanford, like other scientists who previously held to evolution, had never challenged the evolutionary theory because he just assumed it was true. When he finally examined the theory critically, he discovered it was not defensible.

On this celebration of our nation’s birth, let us remember to celebrate the self-evident truth that we are all created equals by our loving Creator.

Rev. Glen Bayly