Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Relentless Christian Crusade to Prevent Kids from Learning Science

From Alternet.org comes this interesting piece by Rob Boston .

We learned science in school and creation at church when I was young. We should be teaching facts. Not fables. I did not put up with my sons public school teacher teaching bible stories  and I would never go to a house of worship and preach evolution.  They are separate and very different. One is based on fact and one is based on faith. Fact is for everyone. Faith is up to the individual.
Keep in mind that this is the state that you "Can't say "gay"" and they just took all rights and protections away from the LGBT population across the state.

The debate that took place on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives in April could not exactly be described as a feast for the intellect.

Legislators were deliberating a bill that would open the door to creationism in public schools by requiring schools to “find effective ways” to teach about three “controversial” ideas: evolution, global warming and human cloning.

The discussion quickly degenerated into name-calling when one bill supporter called opponents “intellectual bullies,” reported the Knoxville News Sentinel.

One lawmaker even tried to press Albert Einstein into service. Rep. Frank Niceley, a Republican from Strawberry Plains, asserted that Einstein once said, “A little knowledge would turn your head to atheism, while a broader knowledge would turn your head to Christianity.”

Niceley should have checked his facts: Einstein, who was raised Jewish and usually referred to himself as an agnostic, never said that. Something similar was once uttered by English philosopher Francis Bacon – 400 years ago.

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