“A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
– Albert Einstein
I am constantly amazed at the continual attempts of people of one faith to persuade people of another faith, or none, to dump their beliefs in favor of their religion. Do they honestly believe that by dropping by my home, un-announced, that I will be so enamored with their message that I will abandon a lifelong belief system in favor of theirs? If so, what does that have to say about the strength of my character? Do they really want someone so week willed to be a member of their religion? Anyway, some people, who feel compelled to share their beliefs, are working to convert heathens wherever they find them.
This kind of thing is particularly pernicious when it comes to public school. I am talking about groups that are attempting to give creation myths equal time in science class rooms. The latest attempt is currently being made in Florida by Senator Ronda Storms and Representative Allen Hays. Senate Bill SB2692 is another thinly veiled attempt to teach children in Florida creationist ideas on the origin of man. The language is quite clever, and doesn’t actually say anything about teaching creationism. It simply states that teachers or students who hold different views besides the scientific theory of evolution can not be discriminated against. It claims to be an academic freedom act. You would think that such a bill would be in reaction to some serious problem in Florida with the persecution of people that hold alternative view points on the origin of man. Or maybe there are many different scientific theories on the origin of man; and that there are serious issues with teachers not being allowed to teach one scientific theory over another. You would also be wrong. It is an attempt to open the door for teaching creationists views in school with out any repercussions. Can anyone tell me what it means to “to have the right to objectively present scientific information relevant to the full rangeof scientific views regarding chemical and biological evolution”? There is a “full range of scientific views”? These are not the words used by anyone concerned with science. “View” it is just another word for opinion. Someones opinion that is not based on evidence is a mater of faith. Faith does not belong in a science class room. No one gets an A on a biology exam by answering: “God did it, so it’s a miracle” to every question.
Remember when someone wants to teach religion in school they are not concerned about their own children, they already get all the faith education they want in church. They want to teach your children their religion in school. This is not about different view points, or diversity or equal time for different opinions. If this were true then the entire science curriculum would turn into a theology class on comparative religions and their myths on the origin of man. Which religion or creation belief is it that Senator Storms wishes to teach your children? Hindu? Muslim? Christian? Buddhist? The writers of this bill are attempting to address concerns from specific religious groups with an agenda. The agenda is to further their religious beliefs by indoctrinating your children into their church. I am sure that this is done for the best of reasons. I am sure that they view this as a duty to god to save people from an eternity of torment in hell. I am sure that the Taliban would also wish to have a word about your school curriculum. Who decides what is included? Who decides how much science should be in science class or how much faith?
Science is about teaching a theory that is provable through independent experimentation. Not a consensus of opinion from whoever happens to have the loudest mouths, or the largest campaign contributors. Science education is far too important to monkey with faith. (Pun intended) It would be great if Pi = 3 but don’t try to teach it in math. Church and home is the proper venue for faith based education.
This is not a new tactic for proponents of creationism, or as it is becoming known as “intelligent design”. Please explore this site for more information on a similar incident in Kansas in 2005.
My favorite part of this bill is paragraph (7) “This section shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.”
Then what is its purpose? It asks that all beliefs be treated equally. Should all theories scientific or otherwise be presented as just as objective and rational as any other? Once the door is open all bets are off, anyone can teach anything.
All in the name of science
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.”
- – Galileo Galilei
More news: Now the same group is going for the Florida house check out House Bill 1483