Creationist Senator wants to know how to turn E. Coli into Humans

Comment by Strega on January 22, 2013 at 9:38pm

Comment by Unseen on January 22, 2013 at 9:40pm

Why not teach ALL of the creation theories of all of the religions if one is going to deviate from science into fantasyland.

Comment by Strega on January 22, 2013 at 10:32pm

Actually, Unseen, that would be very fair.  And also very interesting to hear the arguments against doing so. 

Comment by Jimmy Russell on January 22, 2013 at 10:52pm

Fuck my life that is depressing. 

Comment by Ron V on January 23, 2013 at 2:05am

He's probably a Chair of a Science and/or Education Committee. TN is full of idiots like this.

Comment by James Cox on January 23, 2013 at 12:06pm

"Why not teach ALL of the creation theories of all of the religions if one is going to deviate from science into fantasyland."

Because the kids would get stuck on details, and the teacher has only one life. If biology becomes only a platform for teaching mythology, surely we might need a one year survey class in cultural anthropology before the kids even begin there biology/science classes. When I had my last biology class, the teacher was scared of his shadow, for fear that he be taken to the cleaners by parents for even touching on the theory of evolution. Talking with him, after class, made it clear to me that he was walking a tight rope, and he wanted to retire with a full pension! 

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on January 23, 2013 at 1:52pm

Why not teach ALL of the creation theories of all of the religions if one is going to deviate from science into fantasyland.

Actually, Unseen, that would be very fair.  And also very interesting to hear the arguments against doing so.

Teach the creation stories of religions in comparative literature class? No problem. 

Teach the creation stories of religion in biology class or chemistry class? That's a problem.

Comment by Claire Couch on January 26, 2013 at 7:15pm

There are times when I feel that they have to be being intentionally thick headed, just to prove some obscure point, but I sure can't figure out what it might be...

Comment by James Cox on January 26, 2013 at 7:27pm

I really expect that the senator was both a little thick headed and wanted to bait the panel. A more interesting question could have been, 'Senator can you show us how God might have created humans, and please spare no details, since you are such a believer in that power? As supporters of a science education program, we would like to make sure that your alternative is effective at offering some real understanding.' Of course at this point, the panel will be dismissed, so the senator can have time for prayer. 

Comment by Strega on January 26, 2013 at 7:33pm

@James   Simple.  AbracaJesusdabra!

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