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← Biology test omits creation theory, complains Kentucky educator

JCarr's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by JCarr

No one is telling creationists that they can't teach their 'beliefs' to their children, although many of us, myself included, find it disturbing. They can gather in their churches, if they wish, and convince themselves that their religious mythologies are true and factual, regardless of the complete lack of evidence. They have this freedom, and I think few of us on this website would argue that this freedom should be denied.

It is ironic to me, however, that although they have the freedom to practice their religion in any manner they see fit, they repeatedly infringe on the religious liberties of other Americans, especially when they insist that their religious views must be presented to all children, regardless of faith or non-faith, in a science classroom and passed off as a viable, legitimate scientific alternative. When rational and reasonable people point out that evolutionary biology is backed by a mountain of evidence and data, while their religious creation myth hasn't a shred of scientific evidence supporting it, they scream foul, arguing that their religion is being suppressed and children duped by a vast, worldwide conspiracy encouraging a false, satanic 'belief.' They just can't seem to understand that they themselves are the ones doing the pushing, not us, and not the scientific community.

It is unbelievably frustrating, isn't it? I had an angry Christian snarl at me once about my attempts to destroy religion. I told him I don't want to do away with religion at all, since it means so much to so many people, and I never want to tell people what to think or how to live. I just want religion to stay where it belongs: in people's homes, hearts, and churches. When it pushes outside of this comfort zone, like into our public school system, it inevitably causes problems.

It is a SCIENCE test, not a religious test. When discussing biology, it just isn't necessary to know the creation stories of various religions and mythologies from around the world, any more than it would be necessary to have knowledge of Zeus when examining supercells, lightning, or discussing meteorology.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 04:06:07 UTC | #899084