Question evolution! campaign

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Dr. Carl Wieland is the Managing Director of Creation Ministries International

The Question evolution! campaign, launched by the biblical creation organization Creation Ministries International, is a "grass-roots movement to challenge the anti-Christian dogma of evolution".[1] The focus of the Question evolution! campaign is on 15 questions that evolutionists cannot answer.[2] The 15 Questions that evolutionists cannot answer can be found HERE.

The campaign will be primarily conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.[3] In May of 2011, Creation Ministries International and the Traditional Values Coalition decided to jointly initiate a Question evolution! campaign which encourages students and others to "question the evolutionary pseudoscience peddled to them", to wear anti-evolution clothing and to pass out Question evolution! tracts within their schools and community. The Traditional Values Coalition is a church lobbying organization that lobbies for over 43,000 American churches. The campaign features tracts, t-shirts, badges, mugs, etc. and students are being encouraged to participate in the campaign.[4]

Question evolution! campaign and Texas

See also: Question evolution! campaign and Texas

Texas is a very influential state in the United States when it comes to biology textbooks.[5] A supporter of Creation Ministries International with a large Christian YouTube audience has declared he is going to aggressively promote the Question evolution! campaign in Texas.[6]

(graphic obtained from Wikimedia commons, username:Huebi , Title of picture:Map of USA with Texas highlighted, see: license agreement)

The popular Christian YouTube producer, Shockofgod, has vowed to promote the Question evolution! campaign aggressively in the state of Texas due to its large influence on textbooks throughout the United States.[7] Shockofgod is an ex-atheist and his channel features many anti-atheism videos. His YouTube videos have cumulatively received millions of views since his YouTube channel's inception.

Growing volunteer effort in Texas

On June 20, 2011, Shockofgod said a team of volunteers was going to shortly start calling Texas churches and ask them to get involved in the Question evolution! campaign.[8] On June 23, 2011, it was announced that the volunteer team would start contacting Texas churches on June 24, 2011.[9] In addition, a volunteer wrote: "I am so excited. I am going to get the t-shirt, tracts, and walk around my city!"[10] On July 3, 2011, it was reported that a Question evolution! campaign volunteer contacted about 65 churches in the state of Texas in one week. [11] On July 8, 2011, it was reported: "A new Question evolution! campaign volunteer is coming aboard to help...spread the campaign in Texas. He has done creationist volunteer work before on a regular basis and he pledged to volunteer 8 hours a week to contact Texas churches. That's 416 hours of extra volunteer manpower a year. Needless to say, we are very excited."[12]

Texas: Influential state as far as United States biology textbooks

In 2010, the Utne Reader declared, concerning Texas's influence on national textbooks:

The politicized textbooks would be a problem just inside Texas, but economic factors have given the state a huge influence over textbooks throughout the country. Unlike many other states, Texas makes the decisions on a state level on what books local school districts can buy. So when the state makes a decision on what books to purchase for its 4.7 million high schoolers, publishers take notice. The only bigger market for textbooks in the country is California, a state whose budget is in such disarray, it announced that it won’t be buying new books until 2014. In the meantime, an anonymous industry executive told Washington Monthly, “publishers will do whatever it takes to get on the Texas list,” even if that means caving in to right-wing activists.[13]

Texas is expected to purchase $1 billion in textbooks in 2012-13.[14]

In addition, Shockofgod has challenged Texas YouTube atheists Matt Dillahunty and AronRa to answer the 15 questions for evolutionists which are featured in the Creation Ministries International's Question evolution! campaign.[15]

Wide coverage planned relating to Christian web properties

On July 9, 2011, it was declared: ""We have decided to pull out all the stops to advance the Question evolution! campaign Besides continuing to contact churches in the key biology textbook state of Texas, by the end of September 2011: the major Christian websites, blogs and YouTube channels will be contacted."[16]

On July 3, 2011, it was announced that an effort to advance Creation Ministries International's Question evolution! campaign in the United Kingdom is going to start within a week. [17] A team of grassroots volunteers indicated that it is important to advance the anti-evolution campaign in the UK since England is the birthplace of Darwinism.[18] The Question evolution! campaign is a worldwide campaign.

Report about a South African university and the campaign

Creation Ministries International has reported that a South African university science lecturer declared that he is posting the 15 questions of the Question evolution! campaign on his office door which is right by the break room.[19]

Question evolution! campaign and the United Kingdom

See also: Question evolution! campaign and the United Kingdom

Creation Ministries International has an arm of its organization in the United Kingdom called CMI-UK.[20] On July 3, 2011, it was announced that an effort to advance Creation Ministries International's Question evolution! campaign in the United Kingdom is going to start within a week. [21] A team of grassroots volunteers indicated that it is important to advance this anti-evolution campaign in the UK since England is the birthplace of Darwinism.[22] As indicated earlier, the Question evolution! campaign is a worldwide campaign.

Related anti-evolution efforts at the time of the question evolution campaign

In 2011 the results of a study were published indicating that most United States high school biology teachers are reluctant to endorse the theory of evolution in class. [23] At the time of the question evolution campaign, other creationists plus intelligent design proponents were engaged in legislative actions encouraging students to examine the evolutionary paradigm in a critical way. In 2011, eight anti-evolution bills were introduced into United States state legislatures encouraging students to employ critical thinking skills when examining the evolutionary paradigm. In 2009, there were seven states which required critical analysis skills to be employed when examining evolutionary material within schools.[24]

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Notes

  1. Question evolution! campaign
  2. Question evolution! campaign
  3. http://creation.com/question-evolution
  4. Question evolution! campaign
  5. http://www.utne.com/Politics/Right-Wing-Activists-Rewrite-US-Textbooks-6418.aspx
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbmAn3M8r0I
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbmAn3M8r0I
  8. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/06/question-evolution-campaign-massive.html
  9. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/06/question-evolution-campaign-starting-in.html
  10. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/06/question-evolution-campaign-starting-in.html
  11. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/07/question-evolution-volunteer-reported.html
  12. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/07/new-volunteer-is-coming-aboard-who-is.html
  13. http://www.utne.com/Politics/Right-Wing-Activists-Rewrite-US-Textbooks-6418.aspx
  14. http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/texas-influence-on-textbooks-could-wane-336909.html
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbmAn3M8r0I
  16. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/07/contacting-major-christian-websites.html
  17. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/07/question-evolution-volunteer-reported.html
  18. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/07/question-evolution-volunteer-reported.html
  19. Question evolution! - Creation Ministries International
  20. http://creation.com/about-us#what_we_are
  21. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/07/question-evolution-volunteer-reported.html
  22. http://shockawenow.blogspot.com/2011/07/question-evolution-volunteer-reported.html
  23. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/science/study-most-high-school-biology.html
  24. http://www.discovery.org/a/9851