In 2008, the state of Louisiana passed what was probably the worst law in American Education. The new statutes were allegedly supposed to “promote evolution” in the classroom but because of how the bill was written by a conservative GOP legislature, some supporters of the farcical “creation science” have claimed that the bill actually allows for the teaching of creationism. As time has moved forward and 5 repeal attempts since 2010 have failed, these pro creation educators have been emboldened.
Today, teachers in many Louisiana public schools are not only teaching “creation science” but they are bragging about it. Furthermore, they are indeed using the Bible as a substitute for an actual science textbook in some cases.
According to RawStory.com;
That’s exactly what has happened in the Bossier Parish school district, where emails obtained by Slate as part of a public records request show that students read the Book of Genesis to learn creationism in biology class.
“We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present,” said Shawna Creamer, a science teacher at Airline High School in an email to Principal Jason Rowland.
A teacher at Caddo Parish schools wrote a newspaper column saying that her job is to present both evolution and creationism.
“God made science,” wrote fifth-grade teacher Charlotte Hinson.
Unfortunately for Louisiana students no Bible passages debunk anything on Darwin’s theories of evolution and natural selection. Not only that, on the subject of of evolution, the Bible has tons of examples of how clueless the authors of it were. In fact, one doesn’t even need to go very far in Genesis to see the Bible and science don’t mesh. Indeed, one doesn’t even have to go past the book’s confusion about the Sun.
- God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn’t make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). And how could there be “the evening and the morning” on the first day if there was no sun to mark them? 1:3-5
- God spends one-sixth of his entire creative effort (the second day) working on a solid firmament. This strange structure, which God calls heaven, is intended to separate the higher waters from the lower waters. 1:6-8
- Plants are made on the third day before the Sun is there for the photosynthetic processes. (1:14-19). 1:11
- God makes two lights: “the greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night.” But the moon is not a light, but only reflects light from the sun. And why, if God made the moon to “rule the night”, does it spend half of its time moving through the daytime sky? 1:16
From there, the “good book” goes on to prove it knows nothing about plants, animals, stars or just about anything in nature one can imagine. If you want to see more on just how clueless this line of thinking is, look here.
That isn’t stopping the right wing zealots in Louisiana. In fact they have taken this ‘new found freedom” and extended it to bring the Bible and their narrow “christian” views into more and more of student’s lives throughout the school day.
Again, from RawStory.com;
The emails reveal that some schools are also violating prohibitions on teacher-led prayer in school.
“Bossier [school district] has it’s [sic] problems but there are so many awesome Christians from the top down,” wrote teacher Carolyn Goodwin. “We pray at school functions and probably break the law all the time!!”
Attempts to change the laws unfortunately have failed miserably despite being backed by college students, professors, and high school teachers who were also joined last year by 78 Nobel laureates who denounced the law.
Meanwhile the “christian soldiers” march on triumphantly dumbing down America’s kids.
“I have obtained emails from creationist teachers and school administrators, as well as a letter signed by more than 20 current and former Louisiana science teachers in Ouachita Parish in which they say they challenge evolution in the classroom without legal ‘tension or fear’ because of pro-creationism policies,” claimed Zack Kopplin in an article for Slate.
This is truly sad and unfortunate as America will feel the impact of a generation of children with not only a lack of science education, but their heads filled with nonsense taught by people with an agenda to promote their version of the christian God, and nothing else.
If you want to see more of extreme right wingers showing just how little they understand about the Earth they live on, Cenk Uygur does a great take down HERE:
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