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5 Sneaky Ways Fundamentalists Are Trying To Slip Christian Creationism Into America’s Public Schools

Until teachers refuse to lie, this will continue.

AlterNet / By Rob Boston

Many public schools in America do all they can to avoid teaching evolution.

July 3, 2013 |

Evolution is the linchpin of modern biology. Young people who don’t understand it are missing out on an entire range of educational and career opportunities. Certain professional fields can be closed off to them.

Despite this, some public schools in America do all they can to avoid teaching evolution. Thanks to constant pressure from the Religious Right, many public schools are battlegrounds in a culture war that does great damage to our nation’s scientific credibility as creationists work overtime to slip their ideas into the curriculum.

Federal courts have been clear: Creationism is theology grounded in a literal reading of the Bible, not science. It has no place in public school science classes, and inserting it into the schools is unconstitutional.

But despite a string of courtroom defeats, the creationists will not be stopped. They keep repackaging their ideas and trying again. Ironically, their strategies seem to evolve.

Here is a roundup of the latest ploys creationists are using to replace sound science with biblical fundamentalism.

1. Pretending to teach kids “critical thinking” skills: A spate of bills appeared in states this year that purported to help guide public school teachers in helping students apply “critical thinking” to select “controversies.” Not surprisingly, the controversies singled out always included evolution.

Legislation in Colorado would have directed teachers to “create an environment that encourages students to intelligently and respectfully explore scientific questions and learn about scientific evidence related to biological and chemical evolution, global warming, and human cloning.”

An Indiana bill would have compelled teachers to “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the strengths and weaknesses of conclusions and theories being presented in a course being taught by the teacher.”

In Montana, a bill mandated that schools to encourage “critical thinking regarding controversial scientific theories” such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, random mutation, natural selection, DNA, and fossil discoveries.”

Oklahoma legislation would have required Sooner State teachers to “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories pertinent to the course being taught.” Covered topics included “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”

The similar language of these bills (which all failed, thankfully) is strong evidence that they come from a central source. The National Center for Science Education, a California-based group that supports good science instruction in public schools, has traced them to the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based group that promotes “intelligent design.”

Critical thinking is great. We’re all for it. But that’s not what these bills are about. They are about warping the concept of critical thinking and using it as vehicle to introduce religious concepts into the classroom.

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Nothing improves critical thinking more than the Bible. 


19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Most of us are doing at least some of these. Have fun in hell, everybody!posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:28pm EDT



1. First off, we are doing a TERRIBLE job when it comes to dietary restrictions.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 11:4 “Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.”

Translation: We’re not supposed to eat camels (not too hard, I s’pose), rabbits, pigs, etc.

2. Time to cut out the shellfish.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 11:10 “And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.”

Translation: No oysters! No clams! No… sea urchins, I think?

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3. Hopefully nobody’s EATING YOUR PETS.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 11:27 “And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.”

Translation: Stop eating kittehs!

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4. Or eating… weird-ass animals.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 11:28–29 “These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, and the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.”

Translation: We’re probably all fine, ‘cause nobody wants to eat these things anyway. Except the French. The French with their snails.

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5. America is gonna have trouble with the no-fat rule, though.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 3:17 “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat…” (to be continued)

Translation: Slim down, people.

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6. Eating blood. BLOOD.

Eating blood. BLOOD.

Leviticus 3:17 (continued) “…nor blood.”

Translation: TEAM JACOB! Edward is Satan spawn! Or something. Read into it how you want.

7. Oh, and there’s like, 100 birds we shouldn’t chow down on, either.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 11:13–20 “These are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, and the vulture, and the kite after his kind; every raven after his kind; and the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, and the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.”

Translation: Shit, OK, fine, geez, NONE of these birds. Message received.

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8. Secondly, our fashion is one huge blasphemous abomination to God.

Secondly, our fashion is one huge blasphemous abomination to God.

Leviticus 10:6 “Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people.”

Translation: Torn clothes are a no-no. Sorry, every single person who owns a pair of ripped-knees jeans.

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9. Thought you were gonna wear your leather jacket over that cotton V-neck? Think again, sinner.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 19:19 “Neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.”

Translation: Everybody needs to wear single-fabric onesies, just to be safe.

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10. After fashion comes personal appearance. Supercuts is about to go straight outta business.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 19:27 “Ye shall not round the corners of your heads.”

Translation: Long hair, don’t care!

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11. And I hope you ladies like a man with some scruff!

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 19:27 “Neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.”

Translation: “5 o’clock shadow” just became “lifetime shadow.”

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12. Tattoos? Forget about it.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 19:28 “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

Translation: Get your street cred some other way.

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13. Some things seem rather harmless, like having a mixed garden.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 19:19 “Thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed.”

Translation: Everything is a sin nowadays.

14. Or Bichon-Yorkies.

Or Bichon-Yorkies.

Leviticus 19:19 “Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind.”

Translation: No mixing up animals! Or maybe it’s just cows. What would you breed a cow with anyway? WHY CAN’T THE BIBLE JUST BE LESS CRYPTIC?

15. Other things are sorta bad, I guess. Like revenge.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 19:18 “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people.”

Translation: We all need to be the bigger person. But sometimes it’s so harddd!

16. There’s a bunch of things we’re not supposed to touch.

There's a bunch of things we're not supposed to touch.

Leviticus 5:2 “If a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty.”

Translation: Your bet is as good as mine as to what warrants an “unclean beast.” But I’m guessing your puppy isn’t exactly a clean freak.

17. Some really confuse me. You mean, less church is better?

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 12:4–5 “And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.”

Translation: Hey, new moms: STAY OUT OF CHURCH. Thirty-three days for bubbly baby boys; 66 days for glowing baby girls.

18. Like, they really confuse me: No alcohol in church. What?!

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 10:9 “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die.”

Translation: The bazillion people drinking wine as the blood of Christ in church aresoooo over this rule.

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19. Last but not least: Working on Sundays. The whole NFL is screwed!

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 23:3 “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.”

Translation: Tebow is done for.

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That’s 19 strong, solid rules that just about everybodyis following. So let’s reexamine the gays.

19 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality

Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Translation: Since all the other rules are being followed so perfectly, shout this one as loudly and as often as you can!

These are great. Lolz!

Who the hell was this Leviticus ?

These were so funny Doone...

such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, random mutation, natural selection, DNA, and fossil discoveries.

Dangerous


If it takes a whole village,we’re in trouble.


Every day across America millions of young children in public schools are taught that dinosaurs are millions of years old and that all living things evolved, and then, usually on Sunday morning, they are told by their churches that the public schools have it all wrong. Oh, my! What is a kid to believe?

The dichotomy between what schools teach and what some churches preach should be a concern to every community. And if it takes a whole village to raise a child, as the old saying goes, some kids might be in trouble.

The trouble lies in the fact that many conservative churches do not just dismiss evolution, they demonize it. In the below cartoon, published in a popular creationist magazine, the public schools and the teaching of biological evolution are linked to school shootings and violence! Tying the teaching of evolution to homicidal behavior is outrageous, but it does speak to how fearful (and blaming) some Christians are of scientific reasoning and public schools.

My concern is that this contentious division between what conservative churches teach, creationism (aka “intelligent design,” “creation science,” “Biblical literalism”), and what public schools want students to learn (critical thinking skills) can make kids feel an uncomfortable pressure to take sides. In many ways it is like a nasty custody case where both parents are accusing the other of being a neglectful parent; the church accusing the schools of locking God out of the classroom, and the schools accusing the church of locking the intellect out of their sanctuaries. And, like most ugly custody cases, the children are caught in the hostile crossfire of opposing messages.

According to a recent gallop poll forty percent of Americans subscribe to a literal interpretation of the Bible.  The number is higher among Republicans, fifty-two percent! This poll reflects a major division in America that our communities need to take seriously if we are serious about “no child left behind.”  It is worth noting that states consistently at the very bottom in student achievement scores the area of science, according to ACT testing data, are all from the south and from those states that make up the Bible Belt. It is not a coincidence that in states where Biblical literalism is strongest, science scores are the lowest. To view the data click on the below link.

http://www.mibazaar.com/education/actscores.html

Here in Red Wing, Minnesota, there are numerous large and well-established churches that teach their young that all of creation was brought into existence some 10,000 years ago exactly as described in the book of Genesis. These churches passionately believe that a literal reading of the Bible out trumps scientific reasoning when it comes to explaining the origins of life. Consequently, children who are enrolled in the Red Wing school district who attend any one of these conservative churches must choose who to trust, their pastors or school teachers.

To avoid putting children in this position many parents choose to home school their children. It is estimated that seventy five percent of evangelical Christians home school their children. There are many sound reasons why a child should be home schooled, but sheltering a child from scientific reasoning should never be one of them.

Here is the problem as I see it: conservative evangelical children are raised to believe that critical thinking is okay as long as it never intrudes upon Biblical Truth. If it does, it then must be resisted and treated as an enemy and agent of Satan, the Great Deceiver. But wait, there’s more! Not only is evolution viewed by some churches as evil, it is also seen as the cause of all other evils. The below illustration is from a pamphlet distributed by the Pittsburgh Creation Society, and sums up nicely the extent to which conservative Christians see the teaching of evolution as the root cause of many other  “problems” such as hard rock, sex education, abortion, suicide, socialism, crime, homosexuality, terrorism, and inflation(Inflation! Really!?).

I recently had a conversation with a colleague of mine in the science department. He told me that despite numerous lab experiments in microbiology that visibly demonstrate the evolutionary processes, he still has students say they don’t believe in evolution. How can this be? Perhaps Mark Twain has the answer:

“When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to caste a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.”

-   Mark Twain

Like all teachers I expect my students to think critically and to objectively examine everything, including the Bible. Do I think the Bible has value?  Yes! Absolutely! The Bible is an amazing snapshot in time of how people before the advent of scientific reasoning thought, worshiped, and viewed the world, and it is loaded with wisdom and ideas that live on in three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The Bible is truly an amazing book that has, in both good ways and bad ways, played a major role in shaping Western civilization.  However, it is not a science book. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the importance of faith, but any worldview that can be shaken by critical thinking might need to be shaken.  Just a thought.

 

Source  http://teachnotpreach.com/?p=59

Twain has it right. Letters from the Earth; excellent. Even more so since it wasn't published for 25 or so years because it may have upset some of the fools.

The base problem with these fundies is they call subjects such as evolution and climate change controversial when in fact they aren't.

Explanations, as best we know at the moment, are apparently dangerous to ignorance.

Creationism, when the courts found it in violation of the First Amendment Establishment clause, evolved to scientific creationism, then to intelligent design, and is now concealed by "teach the controversy" and similarly deceptive language.

The National Committee for Science Education (a membership organization) at www.ncse.com blocks attempts to put religion in science classrooms. They enlist the aid of organizations such as ACLU, AU and FFRF. For teachers and other interested folk they sponsor summertime trips down the Grand Canyon.

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