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Already, the board is dominated by a far-right faction deeply concerned with promoting political and religious ideologies. In recent years, the board has rejected one textbook that taught about global warming—calling it "junk science" and "anti-capitalist"...
All of which is a prelude to the looming battle over the science curriculum, which is up for review in November. Seven of the 15 board members support the teaching of creationism or intelligent design.
Already, the board is dominated by a far-right faction deeply concerned with promoting political and religious ideologies. In recent years, the board has rejected one textbook that taught about global warming—calling it "junk science" and "anti-capitalist"—and forced the publisher of another to replace a picture of a woman carrying a briefcase with a picture of a woman baking a cake. Board member Terri Leo has accused "liberal New York publishers" of inserting "stealth" homosexual messages into textbooks, and Republican David Bradley of Beaumont, the de facto leader of the far-right faction, once criticized an algebra book because it had pictures, recipes and references to Vietnam in it he considered inappropriate for the subject matter. Knowing that legally he could not reject a book on these grounds, he ripped the cover off. "Ladies and gentlemen," he said, tossing pieces of the cover to both sides of his chair, "worthless binding. I reject this book."
Originally posted by weedwhacker
While it may be difficult for many to 'wrap' their minds around the great timescales involved, it is important to try...only then will understanding dawn...
Originally posted by aava
Sounds like a deist to me! Nothing wrong with that at all, but that is my interpretation of Parabol's above statements.
Originally posted by DJMessiah
Theory of evolution should be taught in schools.
Theory of creationism should be taught at home.
Creationism is a religious theory that does not follow seperation of church and state. Quite simply, if creationism is taught at school, then every other religion's explanation for the creation of mankind must also be taught, and then we no longer have a separation of church and state, but rather a school that is proselytizing.
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy
However, even the scientists will readily admit science itself is not equiped to understanding or exploring the concept of God, as it is by its very nature outside of nature, and therefore outside of the scientific method of observation. At least in the traditional sense.