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5 Shocking Ways the Christian Right Has Forced the Bible Into America's Schools


Society & Culture  (tags: religion, rights, ethics, dishonesty, children, education, society, abuse )

CarrieEye
- 914 days ago - alternet.org
Creationists continue to spread ignorance in our public schools. Of all the Religious Right's schemes, the constant promotion of Bible-based creationism in schools is one of its most nefarious.



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David C. (29)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:06 am
Noted with thanks Carrie
 

Rose Becke (293)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:48 am
It should not be allowed
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:14 am
It's sad that science is still in competition with faith.
 

Edwin M. (349)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:32 am
Thanks Carrie
 

Naoko I. (262)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:53 am
Stupid...
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:46 am
noted, thanks Carrie
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:57 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Terrie Williams (783)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:12 am
Sigh, tell me about it....it is going on full-bore here in the schools of this town I live in and in most other schools in the South.
 

Mike S. (86)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:15 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Carrie.
 

John B. (141)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:01 am
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Rob Boston. The Religious Right Wing Nut Jobs continue to try and "dumb down" our future leaders with this "creation" crap. They can teach their own children this "malarcky" at home for all I care but keep this "equine fecal matter" out of our public schools. Read and noted.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:25 am

And...people wonder why our students can not compete with others on the world stage for science and math. We are allowing religious fanaticism to dictate course curriculum. Whether or not a child receives religious instruction is up to the parents and their choice of church, not the publicly paid for schools. The public schools need to be entirely secular, teaching only confirmed facts as we currently know them to be factual. The wonderful thing about science is that it too is always evolving as new and better information comes to light. We must teach facts and not mythology.
 

Suzanne L. (131)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:46 am
I wouldn't mind schools having an elective course about "sacred texts" of which the Bible were one - maybe like a comparative religions class. But not to be taught in a way that would seek to denigrate scientific thought and fact.
 

Farah Hage Ali (153)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:05 am
noted, thank you
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:17 am
And the crap just keeps on rolling in. What the hell happened to separation of church and state? The last time I checked, education fell under the heading of state not church. IF, parents want their children to be taught religion that should be their choice and they can send them to Sunday school or a private religious school. This is so patently hypocritical it makes me nauseous. Our children need to be taught science if they are to ever be able to compete with the rest of the world in areas of science, technology, math etc. This seriously pisses me off!
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:40 am

Students do not need comparative religion in primary or high school, they need actual, real life skills for preparation for the real world. Some will go on to college others will learn skills for the jobs they will need to make a living. If we changed our curriculum in any way, let us offer more "apprentice" ships for jobs after high school.
 

Mitchell D. (133)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:27 am
Evidence based science is a large part of what made this country a world leader in technology and innovation. It is sad to see people pushing fairy tale stories to supplant this ongoing endeavor.
Furthermore, it is a waste of time, and energy having to defend evidence based science, even while protecting the country, and culture from spurious, vacant claims of various sorts, based on people's interpretations of what will eventually be recognized as OUR MYTHOLOGY, if our culture/humanity lasts long enough to look back at itself. Do not forget that there was a time when western culture swore by the Greek and Roman gods, by Apollo's beard!
 

Michael Kirkby (89)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:45 am
The Bible is not the inspired word from "god's" mouth to our ears and neither is the Qur'an which draws heavily on the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is an edited, allegorical, political and polemic text and it is historically incorrect in at least a couple of places I can think of in the OT. Much of the NT is allegory and draws upon teachings from the OT and from Buddhism.

The creation story alone is borrowed from the Sumerian texts which spoke about many gods and not just one.The Bible should be taught as literature and not science as should all religious texts. the story of Jesus alone is at least borrowed from Mithraism with heavy connotations to the Osiris, Isis and Horus myths. BTW the King David [1040-970 BCE] who is said to have ruled from the Nile to the Euphrates was actually Thutmoses 3 [1479-1425 BCE] and this is historically proven. So you see how things get borrowed and over time become accepted as fact?

Because the Hebrews are monotheistic all parts in the OT which spoke about the gods doings and wars as such are eliminated from Genesis; or the account is obfuscated and inchoate in order to make it insensible.

The old concept of reality as we know it is becoming more and more suspect every day and what was accepted for many years prior to 1967 is no longer supportable by intelligent thinking people. We no longer need priestly intercessors to intercede with some extra terrestrial being or ascended avatar to make expiation for us; or to interpret the secrets of the universe and our relation and position in it for us. No Mildred, scientists aren't priests or omniscient gods either.

Science has made and will continue to make great strides in understanding the universe and our relationship to it. The Bible does have some wonderful teachings for positive and proactive everyday living but it is not and should not be the final word as to the nature of creation. It is these things we should be concentrating on and everything else that will enable us to become mature, intelligent and integrated stewards. Ignorance is no excuse for proper conduct and responsible moral/ethical behavior.

Let's face it boys and girls. No avatar is coming down to save us and clean up our mess. That is our responsibility and if we want to be treated like adults we had better start leading by example and being honest with the children. Religion does not free; it only creates the illusion while it chains you to a rigid paradigm which prevents you from becoming and realizing your ability to achieve your true potential. I wonder how many wars over the years were started in the name of this god or that one? Of course all conflicts are really about control, wealth and power regardless of the ideology. Why should the debate between evolution and creationism be any different?
 

Gene Jacobson (266)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:55 am
"Most of the Bible courses, Chancey reported, were taught from a default conservative Protestant perspective. Most claimed that the Bible is literally true, and some even included anti-Jewish bias."

Oh they'll never give up, these poor fools who think the earth is 6000 years old, they are the flat earth crowd of this era. It is amusing that they think the bible is anti-Jewish considering the entirety of it, including the New Testament was written by Jews and Christ was Jewish, not the fair skinned picture you see in christian churches. And, old Pat Robertson, gawd, just can't get past threatening people with the wrath of God if they don't do what he thinks they should. Not saying he will, mind you, but if you don't teach creationism, and there's a natural disaster, well you just might have brought that upon yourselves. Making God as small and mean as Pat. Yeah, that's the ticket, gospel for sure. Sigh...
 

Angelika R. (145)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:35 pm
Goof for you, Carrie! all this is so hard for me to understand, making america look as if we were speaking about Iran...unbelievable! Most of OUR schools teach science and also offer VOLUNTARY classes to CHOOSE from either "ethics" or "religion",-why can't that model be in your schools-(that's no real question, I know the answer, *sigh*)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:17 pm
Bloody hell
 

Robby R. (15)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:22 pm
TY
 

Marie W. (67)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:19 pm
Soon we will be on par with Iran...
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:13 am
Please, please don't think for one moment that all Christians are Creationists. The Bible is a wonderful collection of books and letters, but it is not a scientific document, nor a historical document, nor a geographical or geological document. It is a faith document, with many truths in it, including more than one account of creation.
 

Pat A. (117)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:04 am
Green stars all over the place - and more would have been given except that the computer wouldn't let me give stars to some people yet! I do so agree - the 'Creationists' have no understanding of either religion or science - and have patently never actually read the Bible or they would have seen the two accounts of men and women being created in Genesis - if we take the first one to have precedence, then we believe that God created us equally in His image. If we believe the second then we believe that woman was a clone of Adam - making a rather alarming gene pool to be creating children in! They patently also haven't ever wondered where Adam and Eve's children's wives came from - as Adam and Eve were the only ones on the planet apparently before they had their children.....and so it goes on! Their misleading propaganda most certainly should not be taught to impressionable children.

What really troubles me with the 'Religious Right' is that they appear never ever to have heard of any of Jesus' sayings regarding how to treat other people and how we should behave ourselves - or they just couldn't behave the way they do. All they are in the end is a load of Fascists, using 'religion' as a convenient disguise to hide behind - nothing more, nothing less. 'Creationism' is a load of rubbish.

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Jason S. (53)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:22 am
Good without god is a good place to start, John Lennon Imagine was a good idea to start with, we just look at are self and ask are self if I can do good without god or using your god as tool for WMD. Good posting, thanks
 

Suheyla C. (233)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
Thanks noted
 

Lois Jordan (60)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:19 pm
From article, "....it leaves young people massively ill-prepared for higher education." That's it in a nutshell for me. Also reminds me of all those Bush appointees who "graduated" from Liberty University....when they spoke, they all reminded me of that Miss America contestant answering her "question" a couple years ago. The "dumbing down" of America continues. But, I will be here to fight it tooth-and-nail. Science rules!
 
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