Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Christians acting, well, un-Christian

It's amazing how tolerant some religious people are. The Washington Post today reports on the creationism-backing school board members' very un-Christian behavior towards a science teacher:

Intimidation Alleged On 'Intelligent Design'

Teacher Cites School Board Pressure

By Michael Powell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 28, 2005; Page A03

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 27 -- Parents in federal court Tuesday described an atmosphere of intimidation and anger when school board members in Dover, Pa., last year decided to require high school biology teachers to read a statement that casts doubt on the theory of evolution.

Bryan Rehm, a parent who also taught physics at Dover High School, testified of continual pressure from board members not to "teach monkeys-to-man evolution." He said that the board required teachers to watch a film critical of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and that board members talked openly of teaching creationism alongside evolution.

The atmosphere became so heated that neighbors began to call him an "atheist with . . . a lot of words added on to it," Rehm said. He said that "it was turning into a real zoo" and that students were quarreling about evolution.

No, this is not Tennessee in 1925. This is Pennsylvania in 2005. Wow.


Blogger Danno said...

It's funny that so many folks throw their support behind Darwin, and yet don't read the work of literature he is most quoted from: The Origin of Species. In Chapter 15 of The Origin of Species, Darwin himself says he believes in a Creator (and even Capitalizes the word). This seems awfully selective to teach one part of his text, and leave that part out.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, the late Pope admitted that Christianity and the Theory of Evolution can coexist. Second, no science class teaches the beliefs of any scientist, unless those beliefs pertain to the natural world. Supernatural beliefs have no place in science. It does not discredit them as legitimate beliefs. It's just not our place to be teaching them.

Evolution is based on facts. Intelligent design is not.
Besides, I actually might be in favor of unintelligent design. There are so many things that are just too weird to explain.

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