Christian Fundamentalism = Anti-intellectualism = Societal slide to the Dark Ages

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Christian Fundamentalism = Anti-intellectualism = Societal slide to the Dark Ages
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Wed, 02-20-2013 - 12:12pm

Christian Fundamentalsts are Driving Our Country Into the Dark Ages

I read this article today and I have to say that I agree.  While the Catholic church in a surprising (to me) reversal of their traditional protection of the lesser and weak of society, has been much in the news in their attempts to dismantle the single greatest step forward in medical care in this country because they don't want women--any women--to take birth control, even if the church isn't paying for it.  But they really AREN'T the worst of the bunch.  The so-called "fundi-gelicals" are the worst, for their insidious inroads into local politics and their attempted domination of the House and Senate with their Tea Party idiots.

<p>But I agree, they are leading us to intellectual ruin.  In another generation or two, if they are left unchecked, US children will rank among the lowest and least educated in the world.  Already they are all but dismantling true science education by trying to force creationism--the magic science--into the classroom.  Our children can barely read, they consistently fall behind most every other 1st world country in math and science.  And we're abdicating our nation's food sources to Monsanto and corporate farming.

<p>I had a dream a week ago that I was a very old woman, telling my great grandchildren about how I used to be able to vote.

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Here's another headscratcher brought by the fine legislators in OK:

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Common Education committee is expected to consider a House bill that would forbid teachers from penalizing students who turn in papers attempting to debunk almost universally accepted scientific theories such as biological evolution and anthropogenic (human-driven) climate change.

Gus Blackwell, the Republican state representative who introduced the bill, insists that his legislation has nothing to do with religion; it simply encourages scientific exploration. "I proposed this bill because there are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks," says Blackwell, who previously spent 20 years working for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. "A student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations."

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http://www.alternet.org/oklahoma-legislator-says-students-cant-be-penalized-being-ignorant-science

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It isn't a theory. Even if you put "" around "theory," that doesn't make creationism a scientific theory. It should absolutely be taught as an important literary & historical document. But scientific theory? Nope. The simple fact is that there are two stories about creationsim in Genesis. So which one should be taught as scientific fact when they contradict each other? And why that version and not the other? 

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There are plenty of morons to go around, If creationism ever makes it into schools it will be offered as a "theory". 

 


 


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It isn't a theory. Even if you put "" around "theory," that doesn't make creationism a scientific theory. It should absolutely be taught as an important literary & historical document. But scientific theory? Nope. The simple fact is that there are two stories about creationsim in Genesis. So which one should be taught as scientific fact when they contradict each other? And why that version and not the other? 

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"There are plenty of morons to go around, If creationism ever makes it into schools it will be offered as a "theory". "

Again, it simply is not. You can call it a theory all you want, but it is not a theory in the scientific sense, and it should not be presented as any such or a replacement for such.

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That's interesting, Why propose a bill to begin with?  Unless the kid got an automatic F for stepping outside the box there's no reason for a school to DISqualify that kind of paper.  My DD's teacher has discussed creationism to her class, So much so that she came home armed with information and facts that DISPROVE the God we pray to every Sunday, I think it's wonderful these opportunities get people/families talking.  Our changing times and cultures demand changing curriculums. 

 


 


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Leave it alone then. 

 


 


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Using your logic, I could not only use JK Rowling's theory of magic to write a scientific thesis, but I would deserve a "A" on my paper if it was well-written. You really don't see the problem w/that?

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And if you agree with creationism being taught in public schools, then surely you support the Islamic theory of creation being taught as well? And Hindu theories of creation? And Buddist theories of creation, as well?

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I don't know, There are some people that do place Harry Potter out there as some holy grail, Search this board's archcives and you might find some of it, Lol.   I get your point but dont' agree with it, Many a thesis are about the what ifs....

 


 


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