Saturday, August 30, 2008

PALIN WANTS CREATION FANTASY TAUGHT

Anchorage Daily News, 2006 - The volatile issue of teaching creation science in public schools popped up in the Alaska governor's race this week when Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state's public classrooms.

Palin was answering a question from the moderator near the conclusion of Wednesday night's televised debate on KAKM Channel 7 when she said, "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.". . .

The teaching of creationism, which relies on the biblical account of the creation of life, has been ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court as an unconstitutional injection of religion into public education.

Last December, in a widely publicized local case, a federal judge in Pennsylvania threw out a city school board's requirement that "intelligent design" be mentioned briefly in science classes. Intelligent design proposes that biological life is so complex that some kind of intelligence must have shaped it.

6 Comments:

At August 31, 2008 1:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An honest and conscientious student of theology understands that the book we call the Bible was never intended to be taken literally.
For one thing, heavenly inspired or not, the text we have before us remains the work of man---by definition derived from the very same Bible, all works of man fall short of perfection. Even if the words may have been divinely inspired, their rendering into text is the product of human endeavor. With each and every translation and revision the work becomes ever more imperfect. No matter how much scholarship may be involved, we can not escape the fact that the testimony contained remains hearsay.
All of this is not to say that the Bible can not be a valuable source of guidance and inspiration---I believe it is, as are many of the other scriptures associated with the other great religions. Nevertheless, literal interpretation can be a demonstrably wrong endeavor---witness I Kings 7:23 and II Chronicles 4:2. Anyone with the most basic understanding of mathematics will recognize the problem.

 
At August 31, 2008 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you fix the link? I would like to see the original article.

 
At September 1, 2008 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A famous, yet un-verified, quote by Mae Furgesson, first female governor of Texas: IF THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR JESUS, IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.
We can't prevent feble minds from happening. But we can Try to keep them out of public office.

 
At September 1, 2008 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pardonnez-moi: feeble.

 
At September 1, 2008 4:20 PM, Anonymous Pastafarian said...

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

 
At September 2, 2008 10:30 AM, Anonymous Steve Crye said...

As the Pasta of the Hueco Tanks congregation of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I echo the sentiments in the posting by my brother Pastafarian.

If Biblical Creationism is taught in school, we will most definitely sue to have FSM-ism taught. Our Holy Book, "The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" inspired by the FSM and divinely communicated to Prophet Bobby Henderson, will be used as the text in the classroom.

Ramen,

Steve

 

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