(See also: Pants in knot: “Creationism” in Louisiana schools )
“The vocal activists who oppose the LSEA are seeking to confuse the issue, since the LSEA is not about creationism. In fact, when a group of Nobel Laureates recently signed a letter calling for the repeal of the LSEA, it is noteworthy that their letter refused to quote from the law itself and instead harped upon the distraction of ‘creationism.’ The truth is that LSEA does not permit teaching for or against any religious viewpoint,” Louisiana College biology professor Wade Warren, Ph.d., said in written testimony submitted to the Louisiana Senate Education Committee in 2011.
“If Darwin were alive today, he would urge us to teach his theory objectively. In Origin of Species, Darwin explained ‘a fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,’” he added.
Some argue (and columnist Rod Cackley seems to favour it; it’s not clear) for teaching from the Bible in science classes.
But the Bible makes no such claims for itself. What can the Bible tell us about electrons or amphibians that we would not more practically learn elsewhere?
The real problem with not teaching the Bible anywhere in publicly funded schools is that much of our cultural background is only comprehensible in the light of the Bible, as well as the history of our country(ies).
So we pay a lot of money to turn out illiterates, who morph into low information voters, and then we wonder why they seem so dumb and things go so badly.
Here is a list of common phrases derived from the King James Version of the Bible alone:
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
A broken heart
A cross to bear
A drop in the bucket
A fly in the ointment
A graven image
A house divided against itself cannot stand
A labour of love
A law unto themselves
A leopard cannot change its spots
A man after his own heart
A multitude of sins
A nest of vipers
Not knowing what any of the above means, people are reduced to “Yeah.” “Whatever.” and “Wow! He’s just so hot!! He’s just so COOL!!! He’s just so … I don’t know … ”
That’s not informative but it texts. And it sets people up for a lifetime in which they will not know how to express themselves in a meaningful way or expect others to do so – or even understand when others are doing so. (O’Leary for News)
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