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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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 It should absolutely be taught as an important literary & historical document.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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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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I was thinking about this thread, and the different conversations that I've had over the last year.  As a Christian, I am more concerned with the heart of a person than with trying to legislate righteousness.   I have a hard time understanding how anyone would think that's a good idea, or even possible.

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jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>What is it you're hung up on..  The "theory of creationism"?  Why?</p>

Because there's no such thing as the "theory of creationism"--so, within my original context of science class, there is no place for wasting class time on it.

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"The "theory of creationism"?  Why?"

Creationism is not a scientific theory. It is a religious myth. 

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Jam,

There is no such thing as "theory of creationism".

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Because there are morons out there pushing legislation to give "creation theory" equal time in science classrooms to real, actual science. It would be really nice to be able to ignore these bozos, but apparently they have quite a following.
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Bord, I read the recent article about the "largest organ". I can't believe these are the people that we are voting into office, letting them speak for us.
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What is it you're hung up on..  The "theory of creationism"?  Why?

 

 

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