not trying to create a controversy…

Once again we here in Texas are having that debate:  Just how much religion do we teach in public schools?  And once again, the religious—and obviously scientifically challenged—crowd want Texas schoolbooks to downplay evolution and add creationism to the curriculum.  Don McLeroy is up to his old tricks, and he has a new booster in the form of Ide Trotter to help him in his cause.

creationistsThat cause, of course, is the hobbling of the minds of Texas students.  Without a secure grounding in science and the scientific method, children across the state will be at a severe disadvantage when confronted with the superior training of their peers around the country.  Creationism is a creeping vine invading our schools, with its sole purpose as a barrier to a quality science education.  Faith becomes more important than reason in the science curriculum, for how else to accept creationism other than through faith?  It can’t be tested.  No aspect of the scientific method can prove or disprove creationism.  Nor can it prove or disprove my (just invented) destructionism theory—where the universe was not created, but destroyed from a much better form and now we inhabit the desolation.

Hey, you’ve got your faith, I’ve got mine.

Evolution sucksThese people who have seized control of our children’s futures are also forgetting something vitally important to their cause; specifically, with their low opinion of teachers in general, do they really want those people teaching religion to their kids?  I mean, in a few years kids will likely be picturing God as creature with three candy-cane horns and a clown nose.  Seriously.  Or, at least, that’s the way I would teach it.

And that’s the point.  With no control over how this faith stuff gets taught, it will be left to teachers—many of whom don’t share the faith of these people—to teach it as they see fit.  I can see many biology teachers (the good ones, at least) who, being forced to introduce creationism in a science class, and being left to their own devices on how to present the information, spending just enough time to show just how stupid it is, and then move on to actual, you know…science.

So, yeah, let’s put religion on display in a science class.  I dare you.

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5 thoughts on “not trying to create a controversy…

  1. cboetcker September 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    “Faith becomes more important than reason in the science curriculum”
    Faith is a part of both the theory of evolution and creationism. Evolution has no evidence that COMPLETELY proves its theory. Therefore one must have faith it is correct because they are believing evolution is the best conclusion without total evidence.
    The other idea people state is that creationism is not a scientific theory but religious however if you study science and do a little research you can find many scientists that have compiled many facts and evidence behind their theory, just like evolutionists. So please tell me why you think that allowing students to study multiple theories backed by science will stunt their growth? At what point are we censoring legitimate information from our students? If there is scientific research done on a theory with as much evidence as evolutionists why are students not allowed to hear about it? Both theories are not 100% proven so both require faith.

    “and then move on to actual, you know…science.”
    How do you define science? Have you ever really researched the science behind creationism and scientists work on it? Because there is a lot of information out there and a lot of science behind it. It is kind of a naive statement to say it is solely religious and there is no way to measure this theory or that it cannot be tested.

    • clancyweeks September 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I think you are confused about two things: Faith and Theory.

      Let’s start with Theory. In science, what most people define as theory is defined by scientists as an hypothesis. In the case of evolution, as in gravity, the scientific term theory simply means fact. There are no real scientists who believe that evolution has not been proved. They may disagree on the margins, but the overall consensus is that is a fact that is well established by evidence.

      Faith, on the other hand, needs no evidence to support it. It just is, because we believe it to be so. This is not science, nor has it ever been. Creationism is rooted in faith alone, as there are simply no facts or evidence to support it, while there is a whole mountain of evidence and fact to support evolution.

      When we accept faith as fact, and disregard fact as faith, then we upend the entire scientific method… a method that has given us antibiotics, x-rays, CAT-scans, rockets, cars, computers, etc. Teaching creationism in a science class dismisses the scientific method as mere twaddle, and leads a student to believe it is unimportant, when it is in fact the very basis of our advancement. There is no science behind creationism, other than the science of hucksterism. Teach your kids what you like, but don’t force all of them to buy into your delusions.

      Without real science instruction, our kids will always be outclassed by the rest of the industrialized nations.

    • Baal Shem Ra September 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      It is solely religious – the issue with creationism is that it assumes a creator to begin with. The fundamental tenet of creationism, its main hypothesis – a creator – is the very thing that still remains with no supporting evidence whatsoever.

  2. ryan59479 September 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I think that one of the things that bugs me the most about the argument for creationism in schools is that it’s always implied or stated that there’s a pre-existing imbalance. That there’s nothing wrong with “hearing both sides of the story.” But if you stop and think about that argument for two seconds, you can immediately see that the creationists have it completely backward. There is an imbalance–but it’s heavily tilted toward Christianity.

    Our society is saturated with Christianity. There are television channels, radio stations, the Pope has a twitter and facebook account, the Bible is the most widely printed and read book on the planet, there are missionaries all over the world, churches on every corner–it’s on our money, in our national anthem, and any politician who hopes to be elected has to pepper in something about Jesus, God, or the Bible into every speech. I challenge anyone to sit here and tell me that the vast majority of kids in Texas don’t already know who Jesus is–Texas is the bible belt, and I’m sure that the bulk of children grow up praying and going to church.

    The reality of the situation is that for MANY kids all over the country, science class is the FIRST and ONLY time they will EVER be exposed to any alternatives to the Christian ideology that dominates and permeates this country. The attempt to force creationism into the classroom is literally an attempt to usurp reason, because Christians know that there’s no room in their world for reason or logic. Science is the greatest threat to religion, and this is nothing more than an attempt to neutralize that threat.

    • clancyweeks September 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Well said, and quite accurate. Someone once said (and I’m paraphrasing) that science will eventually kill god. As we learn more and more about the nature of the universe, what used to be called miracles is now just everyday physics. There will come a point where everything in recorded religion will eventually be duplicated through science.

      And as Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistiguishable from magic.”

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