So here lately, I've been seeing a surge of creationists becoming more active on a state-by-state basis regarding creation pseudo-science and its place in public schools. Indiana recently passed a bill that allows the teaching of creation side by side with evolution.
I will slightly digress by reciting the First Amendment of our Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This section before the first comma is what we call the "Establishment Clause". This basically states in plain, no other explanation needed if you have a brain that works, terms; the Government can't allow religion in its practices.
Why do I bring this up? Because when you bring up a concept that has religious background and needs faith to believe, you are not teaching something secular in nature.
Putting "Intelligent Design" as it is now masked, next to actual documented scientific evidence where there is no bias or preference for one specific outcome, is absurd. I don't know what appellate courts don't get about this concept. Creation "science" is based on a belief with absolutely no evidence for its happening. None! Whatsoever!! Due to the fact that this information requires one to believe in an omnipotent, all powerful being, PLAINLY STATES ITS BASIS IS RELIGION.
Now, for the real reason I started this thread. Since this is a hands down argument with all points plainly laid out for those of us with the ability to use reason and the not so common sense present these days, we need to be present at some of these hearings. I've attended some that have brought the idea up where I live. Watching this abomination happen on television and "youtube" will not solve the possibility that your children might now grow up with real science in public schools. What these general public figures use for information is generally biased and generated by religious organizations. We need to be present to give them the reasonable evidence that creation has no merit or welcome place in our school systems.
Also worthy of mention is the allocation of state and federal funding for these said "creationist" schools. I'm all for an establishment of education to teach what they feel is relevant; but, if it is not secular in nature, funding needs to be cut from these schools. I'm not talking about private funding, I'm talking about your tax dollars at work.
I'm curious as to who of you have been to any meetings around your areas regarding this serious issue. I would really like some feedback that isn't local to the Montgomery County Kansas area. My end goal is to build up a solid and perfectly understandable argument based on what these religious entities' logic is regarding legislation working against the scientific community. Any comments or feedback would be appreciated with your thoughts on what we must do to combat this growing issue in our society.
I understand that I'm bringing up an issue that has thousands of places in these forums, but I just felt the need. Thanks for taking the time to read my rant!
Thanks. Obviously, I've heard of it. I've never looked in to anything but the end result. I'll take a look at these.