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Religion Ruins Education Again. This Time in Missouri.

Religion Ruins Education Again. This Time in Missouri.

Last week, Amendment 2 passed the Missouri state legislature. Otherwise known as the “right to pray” amendment, the proponents of the ballot measure claim that it’s necessary to protect the rights of Christians in the state by ensuring that children can express their beliefs in school and permit state-funded schools to display the Bill of Rights.

What’s that, you say? You thought that these were already protected rights in this country? Yeah, you’re right. In fact, the ACLU says that the amendment only makes three changes to the law:

Since the right to pray in public or in private is already vigorously protected by the federal and state constitutions, the Proposed Constitutional Amendment would make only three changes to existing law.† First, it would limit inmates in Missouri prisons and jails to the religious liberty rights provided by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and would strip them of their state constitutional protections for religious expression and liberty. Second, it would require all free public schools receiving state funds to display the text of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States.† Third, it would give students in public and private schools a new right to refrain from participating in assignments or educational presentations that violate their religious beliefs.

Whoa. Back up a second. What is that third change? It would give students in public and private schools the right to “refrain from participating in assignments or educational presentations that violate their religious beliefs?” Um…

Please tell me that other people see the problem with this. So a student could just not do an assignment on evolution because his or her wacky new Earth creationist religious beliefs? Even if those wacky new Earth creationist beliefs are factually incorrect? What if a history class teaches about the contributions of LGBT people? These students can just…ignore it?

Tell me, what is education for? Is it just state-sponsored baby sitting? Are teachers not supposed to challenge a student’s beliefs? Beliefs, I’m willing to bet, many if not most kids don’t know why they believe, but always have. Education is more than just learning facts, although that’s a necessary component. It’s also about being exposed to new ideas and theories and the evidence that backs them up. An education provides people the ability to think and be critical. But if students have the right to just refuse to learn anything new, then what is the point of schools?

There is no point. No point at all.

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9:26PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Did it not occur to the lawmakers that students could use this to get of doing schoolwork? An episode of the Beavis and Butt-Head revival has the title characters doing just that. Academia is one area where people should be imitating Daria.

1:44PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Bonjour,

I quote this part of human rights :

Freedom of thought, conscience and religion are closely related rights that protect the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to think and freely hold conscientious beliefs and to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion.[78] The freedom to leave or discontinue membership in a religion or religious group—in religious terms called "apostasy"—is also a fundamental part of religious freedom, covered by Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[79]

Then advocate Freedom is the only way to solve this question of religion, faith and belief.
And Freedom come with Responsability for oneself and the others.

Who could say "I know the Truth !"...

It seems more real the Truth belongs to many human beings.

4:50AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

I think the amendment (Pt 3) is fine - so long as the students 'so opting' are assessed according to the common understanding (demonstrable knowledge) of that subject, rather than quoting one or other of the millions of fairy stories man has made up before he could get the 'big picture' - which we are now coming to grips with.

So, exam / assignment is bio / evolution - & student quotes 'In the beginning, god .....' you must make as strong a case for it as can be made for evolution, from observation - not quoting from 'ancient myths & fables'.

If you can't, you fail.

7:29AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

A modest proposal: What happens if some fed-up NON-Creationist parents in Missouri (there must be a few) challenge this law by having their sons and daughters tell the teachers/principal/superintendent/state department of education: "We cannot be required to learn 'tolerance' for creationist views in science lass, because such 'tolerance' opposes OUR religious beliefs!" To make this stick, create a "Church of Factual Science" that the protesting families can join.
Then take it one step further: the same kids nd thir families can protest — under the you-don't-have-to-learn-this law — that they must me er be required to learn about even the existence of that very law: becauseo such a law's existence itself opposes their religious beliefs ...

11:25AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

The trolls are engaging in the following 13 Tea Party commandments

ideological purity
compromise as weakness
a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism
denying science
unmoved by facts
undeterred by new information
a hostile fear of progress
a demonization of education
a need to control women’s bodies
severe xenophobia
tribal mentality
intolerance of dissent
pathological hatred of the US government

5:43AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

I just understood it! Eureka!
The only allowed method of contraception by the Republicans is "LEGITIMATE RAPE." Should we start expecting ads that say:
"Why spend money in contaceptives...
...Just rape her... but make sure that the rape is legitimate."

5:43AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

I just understood it! Eureka!
The only allowed method of contraception by the Republicans is "LEGITIMATE RAPE." Should we start expecting ads that say:
"Why spend money in contaceptives...
...Just rape her... but make sure that the rape is legitimate."

5:36AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

If the republicans had not worked so hard at dumbing themselves, the Republican party would not be dominated by the Tea Party. Nowadays, Republicans have "legitimate rapes" and much more. They have gone so low in the scale of IQ that it is difficult for a person with a normal intelligence to understand their thinking.
The new generation of Repubs is ready to tear this country apart, to turn extremist Christians against the rest of us, and to bankrupt the middle and lower class to give money to large corporations. I guess these Repubs think of the Corporations as the Caesar (Give to Caesar...).
I just wish they remember that without freedom there is no punishment or reward (Heaven or Hell). In their new achieved stupidity, they are desperately trying to take away every one of our freedoms, except the freedom to carry a GUN. I do think it is a good idea to allow us to have this freedom as we loose others. So, when our daughters die in back alley abortions, we are allowed to carry guns to take revenge on the politicians and preachers that took our other freedoms away.
I guess it is clear what lack of education is doing to these Repubs. The Question is what their new levels of lower education will do once they are all in Christian Schools (using vouchers) that teach them how a woman can not get pregnant if the rape is legitimate.

5:36AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

If the republicans had not worked so hard at dumbing themselves, the Republican party would not be dominated by the Tea Party. Nowadays, Republicans have "legitimate rapes" and much more. They have gone so low in the scale of IQ that it is difficult for a person with a normal intelligence to understand their thinking.
The new generation of Repubs is ready to tear this country apart, to turn extremist Christians against the rest of us, and to bankrupt the middle and lower class to give money to large corporations. I guess these Repubs think of the Corporations as the Caesar (Give to Caesar...).
I just wish they remember that without freedom there is no punishment or reward (Heaven or Hell). In their new achieved stupidity, they are desperately trying to take away every one of our freedoms, except the freedom to carry a GUN. I do think it is a good idea to allow us to have this freedom as we loose others. So, when our daughters die in back alley abortions, we are allowed to carry guns to take revenge on the politicians and preachers that took our other freedoms away.
I guess it is clear what lack of education is doing to these Repubs. The Question is what their new levels of lower education will do once they are all in Christian Schools (using vouchers) that teach them how a woman can not get pregnant if the rape is legitimate.

2:43PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

No Elaine, it's just more ignorant people like you that think they have the right to tell everyone what to think and believe. You are just a sad, pathetic, brainwashed, ignorant tool and you are so stupid you think your smart.

What is sad is there are so many uneducated freaks like you in this country and you are so clueless that you want to drag the rest of us down into your ignorant festering tide-pool of hate with you.

People like you disgust me, and I look forward to the day when such ignorance and stupidity no longer exists in this country. Wish I could live that long to see it.

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