"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Teaching Evolution to Religidiots

At a meeting at Emory University in Atlanta, high school biology teachers are swapping war stories about teaching evolution to their students.

Some students burst into tears when a high school biology told them they’d be studying evolution. Another teacher said some students repeatedly screamed “no” when he began talking about it.

Other teachers said students demanded to know whether they pray and questioned why the had to learn about evolution if it was just a theory.

They need to be taught what a theory is, obviously. They don't yet know that evolution is. It's a fact. It's an indisputable explanation for life on Earth.

And this isn't some hyper-individualistic ecstatic response to the evil of evolution. No, it's being taught to these children.
“I’ve seen churches train students to come to school with specific questions to ask to sabotage my lessons,” said Bonnie Pratt, a biology teacher at Northview High in north Fulton County. “We need parents and the community to understand why and how we teach evolution.”
How special is that? Trained to close their minds. Trained to forgo individual choice and thought. Yes, that's what religion is good for. Ignorance and fear. Well done, religidiots.

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