Legislation has recently passed in Tennessee that will allow teachers and students to question current "controversial theories" like evolution, climate change, stem cell research, cloning, etc. This bill will also give protection to teachers who put forth religious beliefs and creationism as a viable and factual alternative to evolution. Here is a link to more information.

 

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-tennessee-cre...

 

I just wanted to see what input and opinions you guys have on this. I am a member of Americans United for Seperation of Church and State, so these issues are important to me and I pay a lot of attention when bills like this are passed.

 

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In my opinion, this legislation is a direct violation of church/state seperation. Also, I am sure everyone here is familiar with the term "captive audience'? Meaning these children have no choice but to remain in the classroom and be subjected to the religious nonsense this bill would allow. Well, feel free to give me your opinions.

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Brandon, I think it's plenty safe to say that you know rather well how I feel about this. We've spoken about topics such as this for hours on end on an almost nightly/daily basis.

I highly encourage everyone who reads this forum to take a look at the Americans United site that Brandon has posted a link to. This is something that seriously needs to be considered and supported. We are having our civil rights gradually taken away from us bit by bit... All in the name of religion. This country was not founded or based on religion and yet so many blind and self-absorbed Christians, within all branches of our government and outside of it, are pushing to make our country strictly Christian-based.

Brandon, I don't know if you've taken a look at it already, but this a prime example of what you've brought up.

http://www.thinkatheist.com/video/hypocrites?xg_source=activity

It's also to the right in the big discussions. You can imagine how ashamed I am once you watch the video, since it is a town not far from my hometown.

I live in Tennessee, and I am now convinced we have the dumbest, theocratic asswipes as reps and a governor.

Considering this is the state that convicted a teacher in a criminal trial for allowing books on evolution into the classroom in the 20s....you may be right.

To top it off, I know I, and several of my PhD colleagues, wrote to our reps and the governor telling them why we (those who actually use science in our professions) oppose this legislation.  The governor said he would likely pass the legislation due to "overwhelming support by the lawmakers" (as I thought, overwhelming support by our scientifically illiterate, theocratic dumbass lawmakers).

I am glad my kids are old enough to think the TN reps and governor are idiots for themselves, but I feel sorry for the next generation of Tennessee school kids.  They may be just as scientifically illterate as the constituents and lawmakers who supported this legislation - they will likely be working for foreign companies/bosses, not starting their own competitive businesses or competing on a global level (and in TN we're already working for and pandering to the likes of Nissan and Volkswagen).

Tennessee - land of theocrats and scientific illiteracy.

Well, the lawsuits are going to be rough once teachers actually take advantage of this. Once the state loses enough money, the law will be repealed.

I saw something on Reddit about this, a reporter that spoke with the author of the bill that interviewed him.  I think the quotes tell you everything you need to know to get involved.

http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/s6q4l/update_just_spoke_to...

Don't have much to add, I'm horrified.  I hope I wake up and it's all a bad dream.  Just in case I'll get involved.

I'm horrified as well. They are trying to pass tax funding for private religious schools here in my state, Louisiana, and I have been getting involved and corresponding with my politicians about it. The church is attacking the wall of church/state seperation on all fronts.

This is pretty much how I feel about this and other similar laws:

I hate that I am on a work computer and cannot watch streaming media. I will check this out when i get home.

I can't believe you don't know one of the top atheist memes.

Anyway, does this bill also allow the teachers to question "controversial theories" like the one that suggests the earth is round and moves around the sun? I mean what's up with that whack, right?

I laughed my ass off when I read this comment.

I'm curious as to who will employ these kids who have been taught this way. If you believe evidence is less important than faith, you may struggle in any kind of investigative work.

Imo, primary school should prepare kids for secondary school, secondary school should prepare kids for either university or life (preferably both), and university should teach specialist educations for more specific professions.

As the cornerstone of modern biology, evolution should be introduced in high school.

Kind of off topic but it's my opinion, you asked for it :P

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