tax funded creationism

A map of all the American schools that are officially teaching creationism with the full permission of the state educational system, either through voucher programs or state laws that allow nonsense to be taught. Thanks to PZ Myers

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on January 28, 2014 at 3:04pm

I was about to post something on this but you beat me to it.

"A large, publicly funded charter school system in Texas is teaching creationism to its students, Zack Kopplin recently reported in Slate. Creationist teachers don’t even need to be sneaky about it—the Texas state science education standards, as well as recent laws in Louisiana and Tennessee, permit public school teachers to teach “alternatives” to evolution. Meanwhile, in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, taxpayer money is funding creationist private schools through state tuition voucher or scholarship programs. As the map below illustrates, creationism in schools isn’t restricted to schoolhouses in remote villages where the separation of church and state is considered less sacred. If you live in any of these states, there’s a good chance your tax money is helping to convince some hapless students that evolution (the basis of all modern biological science, supported by everything we know about geology, genetics, paleontology, and other fields) is some sort of highly contested scientific hypothesis as credible as “God did it.”

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Euphemism is all the rage these days in Christian circles. Put a law on the books mandating intelligent design be taught alongside evolutionary biology? No, sir. Can't do that, because 'intelligent design' is a euphemism for 'religious creationism' and teaching that is against the Constitution. So let's pass a slippery little law letting teachers teach students 'alternatives to evolution'. See? We didn't say creationism or intelligent design, we said alternatives, because for gosh sakes there are just so many alternatives to science!

So the religious crackpots running state governments in places like Tennessee and Louisiana have enabled their fellow crackpots in local government to circumvent the Constitution and teach creationism, until or unless a lawsuit is filed one school system at a time.

Comment by Dan on January 28, 2014 at 3:15pm

This why I want to move out of Florida...

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