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Indiana Republicans Push Creationism In Public Schools

Indiana Republicans Push Creationism In Public Schools

Republicans continue to parade their disdain for science all over state houses nationwide. This time it’s Indiana and the topic is creationism after an Indiana Senate panel approved a bill that would allow creationism to be taught in Indiana’s public schools.

The Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee voted 8-2 on Wednesday to send the creationism in public schools bill to the full Senate for consideration. The bill allows schools to authorize “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life” and specifically mentions “creation science” as one such theory.

The bill advanced despite opposition from both the scientific and religious communities who pleaded with legislators to keep religion out of science classrooms. Purdue University professor of chemistry John Staver told the panel evolution is the only theory of life’s origins that relies on scientific investigations. He says creationism “is unquestionably a statement of a specific religion.”

If the religious community is split on whether or not teaching creationism the science curriculum in public schools is a good idea, don’t you think that’s a pretty good indication that it is not a good idea? And it’s not even as though critics are challenging the idea of creationism in schools in general. They are simply objecting to placing it in the science curriculum where students learn about the scientific process. If the theory to be taught can fit within this process then it deserves a place in the sciences. If it can’t then let the philosophy and humanities instructors deal with it.

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10:34AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

another nail in the coffin of our country...how sad that the minority in this country is getting away with all this crap!! PEOPLE STAND UP TO THESE MORONS!! do whatever you can to stop this & other nonsense these people spout!!!!!

9:55AM PDT on May 23, 2012

I hate living in Indiana, I'm surrounded by morons.

9:26PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare mashing and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, dishonest, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

7:15PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

William: I hate to say it, but based on the oppostion being directed at women's rights namely by the Christians believers, they sure give the appearance of total ignorance towards peoples freedom of expression. They are hell bend on pushing the bible to replace the Constitution. I say never should we let it happen. The time to demonstrate against this act is during the November election by voting against those politicians that embrace these Christian zealots.

5:28PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Texas recently lost Federal money because they decided to deliberately discriminate against Planned Parenthood.

So if Indiana wants to go back to teaching from the Bible, they will lose all the Federal education funds.

It's hard to believe anybody is this dumb.

6:30AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

On the argument of "Something can't come from nothing", then where did your gods come from?

If your answer's that your gods are "timeless out of normal space/time", that's "special pleading"

Check out the "Brane Hypothesis" which describes the "out of our space/time" even better than some gods

6:20AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Dan: You say it is easier for you to believe that everything came from something rather than from nothing. Actually, I also believe that everything came from something. There is an interesting conundrum in theoretical physics in regards to consciousness and its source or make up. I won't go into details here but the information is out there.

The problem that I have with your point of view is that your need to believe that "everything came from something" automatically leads you to believe that the bible (or any religion) is the source of truth on the matter. You don't have to blindly believe in the writings (and re-writings) of our ancestors in order to believe that the universe and our existence here goes beyond what our science can currently explain.

Many of our founding fathers were not Christians but Deist. Deist believed that you could not know the creator from any religious book but only through the study of his/hers/its creations - ie., nature. This is called science.

6:07AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

I posted this on another thread, but it works here too:

Additional evidence for Evolution: For those who can, check out AronRa's, DonExodus, DPRJones, The LivingDinosaur and many more and their excellent series and work of Evolution available on YouTube AronRa's "Foundational Falsehoods of Creation" is a great primer

For those who like watch YECs get their crap rammed right back up their ass, TheLivingDinosaur and his intelligent along with his oh so proper British and highly educated accent point out the deficiencies and lies of creationists as only a Brit can do

For those who are more into reading, go look up how Anatomical, Microbiological, Physiological and Genetic evidence not just overlap each other but all support Evolution. Here are more sites:

Modern Evolution: www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/BIOBK/BioBookEVOLII.html

High School Evo: bioweb.cs.earlham.edu/9-12/evolution/HTML/live.html

Anatomical: ncse.com/book/export/html/863

More websites: evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/search/topicbrowse2.php?topic_id=55

Enjoy

8:35PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Jan:You stated elquently that an person with an eight grade education can easily comprehend, unfotunately religion controls their inner thinking, that they're fearful to open their minds, scared they'll burn in hell, at a non-exisiting place the churches so vividly describe. People with reasonable intelligents know the difference and refuse to return to the dark ages. Fundmentalist have a close mind and believe religiously on the bible, as the word of god. Again an unknown mystical creator that no one has ever seen nor touched. Yet their life expectancy has been extend to 78 years on average through science (evolution) and can not see the light.

8:52PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Richard: Your appoach in Bibical research with an open mind is very clever an intelligent. Along your thoughts, I may point out that many scientist do not entertain the theory nor they believe the story tellings of the Bible. Scientist deal in proven facts backed up with data. Yet we have idiots that dispute evolution which generally is backed up with facts. Global warming is a fact, and we have supposingly a smart politician from Oklahama calming it's a hoax. He read it in the Bible to be hoax and was dumb enough to put his theroy in print. He wrote a book on the subject, it's hard imagining anyone with half a brain buying his book. We are bound for failure we're surrounded by idiots.

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