Posts tagged ‘Evolution’
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education meets this week for the first time under its conservative new chairwoman appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and is expected to rekindle the debate over teaching evolution and the origin of life in public schools.
Are you kidding me?? I learned this was settled decades ago in the Scopes Monkey Trial. This is scary.
Perry, who is considering a run for president and has embraced social conservatives in Texas, named Barbara Cargill chairwoman earlier this month. Cargill, a biology teacher considered to be one of the more conservative board members, disputes the theory of evolution and voted to require that the theory’s weaknesses be taught in classrooms.
Dinosaurs were not “Jesus-ponies”.
The board has been known to make controversial moves. It adopted a social studies and history curriculum last year that amended or watered down the teaching of religious freedoms, the civil rights movement, America’s relationship with the United Nations and hundreds of other items.
In one of the most significant changes, the board diluted the rationale for the separation of church and state in a high school government class.
Whether or not the Earth rotates around the Sun depends on whether it was said by a Republican or a Democrat. Were a Republican to say that Sun actually revolves around the Earth because God is on our side and because it keeps us safe – this would instantly become factual to a member of the base.
The scary thing is that it’s moved from political leaders pandering to a group of voters in order to get elected – to the group of voters actually electing people who are now no longer pandering, but actually believe this stuff. In the primaries for the 2008 presidential election, no less than three Republican presidential candidates said they reject evolution during a televised debate. (They believe that humans were placed here in current form 5,000 years ago and that anything suggesting there was life prior to 5,000 years ago is in error. Which means that dinosaurs and man were living together. But I digress).
According to a 2007 Gallup poll, the majority of Republicans reject evolution. That’s a good group to be a part of. So, more than half – it’s shocking to think that 1 of every 2 Republicans rejects evolution. But that’s not the case, it’s more than 2 out of 3 Republicans who reject evolution (68%). Compared to the number of Democrats, this is a 70% increase. That number alone would make it nearly impossible for me to be a Republican, I’d simply be too embarassed to associate myself with such myopic, tiny views. I can barely fathom how 250 years ago people believed the world was flat. I really can’t imagine how nearly 70% of America’s largest political party doesn’t believe in human evolution.
The other startling thing is the total number of Americans who reject evolution. While it is much lower in Independents and Democrats, the overall number is still very large. So large, that of 35 Western countries, the USA has highest rate of rejection evolution than any other Western country except Turkey. Turkey. Our scientific belief on this issue is sandwiched between Turkey and Cyprus. That’s below Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovakia. And it’s miles away from our counterparts who are near the top: England, France, Japan, Germany. In the UK, roughly 70% of the citizens believe in evolution. In the USA, roughly 25%. The French outnumber Americans in this belief by 3 to 1.
7 signs of evolution in action: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29060288/
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Charles Darwin.
And for the Intelligent Design people, please teach whatever your personal/family religious beliefs are to your children in your own home or your own church. The American public school system is not a replacement for your religious teachings. Do it yourself or don’t do it all – but don’t push your religious beliefs (or your rejection of science) onto the schools and onto other families.