Religious Intolerance vis a vis Public Education

Yesterday was an odd day. The weather has been very stormy, and between my cooking project, eating donuts and finally working out in the afternoon, I neglected to post on my blog. I humbly ask your forgiveness for my slack-y day.

However, as I was perusing Facebook, I made a comment on a friend’s page who was discussing the problems with Fox News and their agenda-driven content. Somehow the conversation turned to Marco Rubio, and his belief that Creationism should be taught in public schools. A gentleman named Steve commented on a GQ interview in which Rubio promoted bible-based science (oxymoron, anyone?) on the state’s dime.

    • Steve Mades If this is our future…watch out….GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

      Marco Rubio: “I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all.

    • D’Arlene Beard So are you saying kids shouldn’t be taught creationism along with evolution? Why can’t they coexist?
    • Robin Descamp Because, um, science?
    • D’Arlene Beard Tolerance in action.
    • Robin Descamp OK, whose version of creationism would you have taught in school? How about L. Ron Hubbard’s version of events? Hindu? Muslim? The flying spaghetti monster? Let me guess: the bible, right? Now who is the intolerant one?
    • D’Arlene Beard Cool your jets. There’s room for everyone. Accept you cannot dictate people’s beliefs. Peace out.
    • Robin Descamp The funny thing is that I don’t want to dictate anyone’s belief, but I also don’t want my child indoctrinated. It seems it is the religious right who seek to dictate to others.
      Are we seriously having a debate in 2013 about whether religion should be taught in public schools? I thought this issue was settled quite some time ago. What’s most entertaining about those who would push the Christian agenda in public schools is their “compromise” to teach creationism side-by-side with the theory of evolution. How can an educator teach two completely opposing theories with a straight face and expect to impart any knowledge to anyone?
      The idea is preposterous. You don’t go to history class and spend the first half hour learning about the hideous Nazi regime and the horrible crimes against humanity committed by the 3rd Reich, then spend the next 30 minutes discussing why the Jews brought this all upon themselves because they were controlling all the banks, were genetically inferior and because poor Adolf didn’t get into art school and somehow that was their fault.
      You may find this difficult to believe, but in some charter schools funded by public money in Louisiana, kids are being taught that humans co-existed with dinosaurs, that the Trail of Tears was the way by which God lead the Native Americans to Christ, that most slave owners were pretty decent people, and that the KKK isn’t all that bad.14 Wacky “Facts” Kids Will Learn in Louisiana’s Voucher Schools
      Not surprising, because it’s Texas, the Texas State Board of Education textbook review committee is fighting to include Christian principles, including the theory of Creationism, in it’s textbooks. “I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on Biblical principles should be incorporated… Why should you care, if you don’t live in Texas? Because Texas, due to its very large population of students, has an impact on textbook content across the country. The textbook companies send the books to Texas for review, and often use the resulting version for many other states as well. In the meantime, this is the state of education in Texas:
      I am thankful that I live in a state where this kind of debate isn’t prevalent, but we should be worried that other states are pushing religious (Christian) indoctrination in the schools. If you want your kid to be a big fan of Jesus and learn that humans were chilling with T-Rex and the like, that’s a decision that demands either you teach him your religious beliefs at home or in church, or you send him to a private faith-based school.
      This rant sucks today, because it’s so damn obvious. Sorry. If you want to be REALLY offended by my views on religion, specifically Easter, click here: Schmeaster. Do not click, read and then send me religious hate mail. I don’t think Jesus would be down with that.
      Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow, when we will delve into the politics of group friendships PLUS how to get over infidelity. Have a great Sunday!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. echinachea

    Excellent! Best yet! Keep up the good work.

  2. echinachea

    And what kind of a name is “D’Arlene” anyway? DuuuuhArlene

  3. Your Ancient Auntie

    Hey, Robin, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was a newly minted college grad with no discernible economic future (creative writing degree = negative bank account), I took a job as a regional sales rep with Prentice-Hall textbooks. I was astounded at the influence Texas had on the book content. Sounds as if nothing has changed.

  4. Tyler


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