The association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, once the proud home of giants like Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, ztz"l, has apparently morphed into a bizarre collection of haredi apologists and wannabees. As GodolHador notes (hat tip: me, yours truly, the anti-Mendel), calling this rank propaganda may be giving AOJS too much credit:
Evolution is not "only a theory"; it is a hypothesis, and not more. And according to the rules of logic, the opposite of any hypothesis is as valid as its original statement. The dictionary states that "a hypothesis implies insufficiency of presently obtainable evidence and, therefore, a tentative explanation; theory implies a much greater range of evidence and greater likelihood of truth," (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1949).
Rabbi Meyer Lublin, Intercom, Vol XXV, Issue 3, Fall 2005 AOJS.
The rules of logic eh? I’m impressed. Of
course we cannot ignore the rules of logic, that would be very bad
indeed. And since it’s only a hypothesis, any opposite theory is just
as valid? Amazing! So my theory that Zoboomafoo created all humanity
from a cup of Tradition Noodle Soup (Beef & Vegetable flavor no
less) is just as valid too! I think the AOJS needs to be informed of
GodolHador, about a half hour ago.
Think rational Orthodoxy is standing up to the Rabbi Slifkin Ban? Think again.
[It should be noted that it is hard for mere scientists to stand up for the truth when so many rabbis have remained so conspicuously silent. I think it’s time for the RCA to issue a statement on Torah and Science. It’s long overdue, as is a parallel statement from the leaders of the YU beit midrash.]