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Conservative Kansas Group Suing to Remove Science from Schools, Claims Science is Unconstitutional

In one of the dumbest things I’ve possibly ever read, there’s apparently a conservative group in Kansas that’s suing to remove science from the classroom on the grounds that it violates separation of church and state.

What kind of asinine reasoning is behind this push? Well, it’s quite simple—and completely idiotic. This group claims that evolution is a religion and teaching it violates the separation of church and state. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. A religious group is claiming that evolution is a religion and therefore it shouldn’t be taught in schools. According to the AP:

Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) claims that public schools “promote a ‘non-theistic religious worldview’ by allowing only ‘materialistic’ or ‘atheistic’ explanations to scientific questions.” The group argues that by teaching evolution “the state would be ‘indoctrinating’ impressionable students in violation of the First Amendment.”

And apparently they’re dead serious.

When I first read about this, I thought for sure it was some kind of article from The Onion or some other satire-based website. But sadly, it’s a real story.

Now I’m a Christian, but to know that there are people who view science equally as proven as their religion is absolutely terrifying. And these people are raising children—a truly sobering thought. To think that there are parents so delusional that they would view evolution, something believed by probably 99.99% of the world’s scientists, similar to faith (faith being something that doesn’t rely on evidence) is astounding.

Basically this group is arguing that any kind of action taken that isn’t based on religious principles is a direct rejection of religion. But apparently this isn’t the first time this kind of lawsuit has been attempted, and luckily history shows it’s been laughed out of court just as it should be.

Because while I’m a Christian who isn’t ashamed of his faith, I’m not dense enough to dismiss proven science. Faith as a term is actually the opposite of evidence. Faith is believing in something even though there’s little to no evidence to support its system of beliefs. Science has rules behind it that scientists must follow for their theories or findings to be taken with any sense of validity behind them.

I can’t help but feel sorry for the children being raised by parents such as these. To raise your child (or children) to reject proven science in favor of faith is the ultimate embrace of ignorance, and it’s setting them up for a life built on misinformation and delusion. What a damn shame.

by Anonymousreply 1009/29/2013

Conservatives and Religious fundamentalists are a cancer on this country.

by Anonymousreply 109/29/2013

Enough about you, where's the article that contains the facts? Not interested in reading "Me, me, me!"

by Anonymousreply 209/29/2013

No one expects the Kansas Inquisition!

by Anonymousreply 309/29/2013

R2, he is Christian. He has been indoctrinated to make everything all about him, him, him.

by Anonymousreply 409/29/2013

You could have gone to the link and clicked on the link in the article, R4.

I'm the OP, I just posted it I didn't write it.

by Anonymousreply 509/29/2013

The proportion of adults who "don't believe" in evolution in this country is stunning and depressing.

The foundation for all of modern biology and biomedical work and yet it is not some lunatic fringe view and actually allowed to be mainstreamed.

by Anonymousreply 609/29/2013

I’m convinced that some of these groups would be happy if we didn’t even have fire. They are beyond backwards.

by Anonymousreply 709/29/2013


by Anonymousreply 809/29/2013

And yet, if you ask any Kansas farmer why they don't use the same pesticides their grandfathers used, they will tell you because the insects have "adapted" and "built up a tolerance" for the older formulas.

In other words, they evolved.

Thats how stupid these people are. They deal with the consequences of evolution every day, but refuse to see the connection.

by Anonymousreply 909/29/2013

The only difference between these nutjobs and Islamic fubdies is their fashion sense.

by Anonymousreply 1009/29/2013
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