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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shermer on Teaching Allah and Xenu in Indiana

Skepticblog » Teaching Allah and Xenu in Indiana:
Last month, the Indiana State Senate approved a bill that would allow public school science teachers to include religious explanations for the origin of life in their classes. If Senate Bill 89 is approved by the state’s House its co-sponsor, Speaker of the House Dennis Kruse, hopes that this will open the door for the teaching of “creation-science” as a challenge to the theory of evolution, which he characterized as a “Johnny-come-lately” theory compared to the millennia-old creation story in Genesis: “I believe in creation and I believe it deserves to be taught in our public schools.” (continues...) -Michael Shermer

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1 comment:

  1. From the article:

    "The absurdity of teaching religious origin stories in a science class could not be more poignant, but if there is any remaining doubt imagine the teaching of Islam and Allah in American public schools."

    I have always said that Christians may fall on its own proverbial swords if they get their wish.

    If teaching comparative religion was a requirement in public schools then that would really take a bite out of the isolationism aspect of indoctrination. Then parents would have to explain why the Jesus story is true and the Allah and Xenu stories are not. To a kid, The Galactic Confederation of 76 planets and Operating Thetan Level III (OT III) sound much more enticing than heaven or the book of Genesis.

    When it comes to religion, absurdity is a double-edged sword.