Arizona students were handed a real treat this year: a young earth creationist is part of the panel review the state’s standards for teaching evolution to young, impressionable minds.
According to the Arizona Republic, Superintendent Diane Douglas called upon Arizona Christian University biology teacher Joseph Kezele — who believes the earth is 6,000 years old and baby dinosaurs journeyed alongside Noah on the ark — to join a working group tasked with reviewing and editing Arizona’s science standards.
Kezele is a biology teacher at Arizona Christian University. He also is president of the Arizona Origin Science Association and, as Flaherty puts it, “a staunch believer in the idea that enough scientific evidence exists to back up the biblical story of creation.”
Douglas has been working for awhile now to bring a little Sunday school into science class. This spring she took a red pen to the proposed new science standards, striking or qualifying the word “evolution” wherever it occurred.
Douglas also insisted last year that creationism be taught alongside evolution:
“Should the theory of intelligent design be taught along with the theory of evolution? Absolutely,” Douglas said at the time. “I had a discussion with my staff, because we're currently working on science standards, to make sure this issue was addressed in the standards we're working on.”
Thus comes Kezele, appointed last month to an eight-person panel tapped with doing a final edit on the draft standards, which will have to be approved by the state Department of Education.
Kezele has said there is plenty of science to support the biblical creation account and believes students should learn about it.
"I'm not saying to put the Bible into the classroom, although the real science will confirm the Bible," Kezele told Flaherty. "Students can draw their own conclusions when they see what the real science actually shows."