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US State Opens Door To Creatinism In Public Schools

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A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in the southern US state of Tennessee

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Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 5:51 pm

Freya H. (339)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 6:38 pm
The Religious Reich is hellbent on turning the United States into a third-world country of ignoramuses who are fit for only work in sweatshops making cheap crud for companies based in Beijing and New Delhi.

Esther Z. (96)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 7:07 pm
Noted. Yep, another Repug bill helping to enlighten the unimformed. I say this with great sarcasm!

Ben Oscarsito (364)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 10:07 am
Un-freaking-believable, that's what it is!

Agnes N. (703)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 7:59 pm
Thanks Mari..noted

Roger Garin-michaud (139)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 8:26 pm
noted thanks !

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 8:10 am
This is certainly nothing to fear. To those of us who believe it is a duty of teachers to teach their students to apply objective standards in their thinking. The heart of this law is protection for teachers who "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing theories covered in the course being taught." This is a triumph for academic freedom. It is now being considered in 5 other states and I wouldn't be surprised to see it enacted by many more.

The strait times is a very poor choice for those looking for information on this or any other subject as they require a $27 payment to view the entire article. There are much better sources that are free.

Lindell Lovelace (1)
Friday April 13, 2012, 1:34 pm
I love that your headline came very close to labeling it as "cretinism." Much closer to reality.

Gloria H. (88)
Friday April 13, 2012, 3:31 pm
So, are they going to teach how Zeus created the world? Why stop at the Christian God, since neither "he" or Zeus can be proven. How about a big cosmic sneeze? Planted by aliens? We can't leave out tribal tales of the Great Turtle, the Earth Goddess.

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday April 13, 2012, 3:39 pm
'Creatinism'... Cretinism? Stupid misspelling! Just as stupid as allowing Creationism out of History class (Comparative Religions section) or Sunday school (or other religious facility school). My faith says Audhumla the cosmic cow licked Buri the giant from the primordial ice over Ginunga Gap. It's no less valid that the Semitic six 'day' creation or the Hindu or Shinto animals and gods collaborations, or the Native American blood clots and deluges...

William Y. (54)
Friday April 13, 2012, 11:27 pm
@ Ray Lovelace, I agree. To me it would seem only a cretin could believe in creationism, since there is no evidence of such.

Myron Scott (70)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 12:27 am

There's a difference between studying competing hypotheses according to scientific method and debating ideas scholastically, as in debating how many angels can moonwalk on a pinhead. Although this Act ignores that distinction, if teachers "debate" the issue scientifically, the religious right will lose every time.

Thanks for the article.

Frank S. (496)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:41 am
Please remember that the supernatural of today will one day be considered the science of tomorrow. Everything that has been invented or discovered up to now, has been considered of supernatural origin at one time in history. Many of our beliefs would have been in ancient times considered heretical, both men and women were prosecuted for their beliefs in what was back then considered supernatural. Think Galileo, Joan of Arc! Creative scientific thought, can be stifled not only by those closed minded religious people on the far-right, but also by those who do not acknowledge the supernatural aspects of our true spiritual heritage.

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.”- Albert Einstein

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”- Albert Einstein


Quanta Kiran (67)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:00 am

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:02 am
Noted, thanks.

William Y. (54)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 10:13 am
@ frank S. One point, they may have been thought to have been supernatural, but when fully explained, were in actually, natural.

Myron Scott (70)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 1:19 pm
By all means, let us "debate" and teach religion in public schools - and
see how long it takes for those pushing to include religious doctrines and
values to start screaming. Let's teach religion in as many disciplinary
areas as we can. In science, as others have suggested, let's teach
comparative religion as anthropology. We could schedule the unit
studying the many different religions, including animist and other
"pagan" religions, with miraculous birth stories just before Christmas/
winter break; and we could about resurrections, from Adonis and
Baal through Odin, Orpheus, Osiris and Persephone just before
Easter/spring break. In between, we could teach about many other
parallels and how each may function to serve identical ends as
means of teaching and transmitting social values, including the
hypotheses that monotheism arises in conjunction with increasingly
centralized and hierarchical forms of social organization, or
(relatedly) transformations from hunter-gatherer to agrarian
economies and/or matriarchy to patriarchy. Moving on to social
science/civics, we could teach economics in conjunction with
Buddhist teachings on right livelihood and Jesus's insistence that
his followers give all they owned to the poor. (That latter section
should be especially popular with Tea Party Christians.) For pacifism,
we could teach about Buddhism, again, and Gandhi's teachings about
ahimsa. There are a few Christian models we could teach in this
area, too, such as that of the Quakers and Brethren. In a unit on the
Second Amendment, what could be more appropriate than Matthew
26:52? There's even room for religion in home economics: "Biblical"
diets, Kosher law and Sharia variants, Hindu forms of vegetarianism
and sprinkling corn pollen a la traditional Hopi. We could end the
year with a series of debates among the different religions, including,
of course, Catholic and Protestant, and all the Protestant sects, all
of which persecuted one another and, usually, Jews, over the


Myron Scott (70)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 1:28 pm
Pardon some errors in my last comment. I was too hasty. Anyway, my point was, separation of church and state,
including separation of religion from public education, protects religious freedom by protecting diversity of religious choice from official indoctrination. Who REALLY wants the Feds or the several states deciding what to teach their children about religion?

Nancy Black (303)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 4:14 pm
I am a teacher, and I am educated, but my views should not be taught as the gospel (LOL). Our children do not read enough or do research enough, they certainly don't need to be brainwashed by their teachers. Anyone has the right to believe that the earth is only 4,000 years old, but he/she doesn't have the right to teach that as science to the children in public schools.

William Y. (54)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:16 pm
@ Myron Scott, Fine, but where would there be any time to teach basics subjects & science, geography, history & civics?

Myron Scott (70)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:04 pm
Don't forget literature, including the definitions of irony and sarcasm.

Mari 's (1354)
Monday April 16, 2012, 5:00 am
iI don't want my kids learning about Xtain Mythology in school or any other mythology. This is Science no. There is nothing reputable about this at all. Reputable scientists like Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson or Richard Dawkins also agree. Religion is religion and there are 1000's of them. Taking a coarse in WORLD religions for education to expose them all I could understand but that's not what this is. Christians need to stop shoving their mythology down everyone's throats. No way is my Tax money going to pay for this one sided learning.

Vallee R. (278)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:10 pm

Mari 's (1354)
Monday April 16, 2012, 2:03 pm
Creatinism .......... It was not a miss spelling. I did that on Purpose to show fact is fact and mythology is NOT. Most didn't even comment on that. If you want Truth learn truth. If you select to believe 2+2= 11 go ahead it will get us no where.

Dr. Good H. (3822)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:00 pm

flat earth

hollow earth

Niburu is coming back soon

UFO's populated earth

and witches created Earth with spells

Ocean spirits created Earth

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