Christianity Johnson on 09 Sep 2008 02:02 am
In Texas, they are now teaching classes in the Bible:
The Bible’s history and literature will be required to be taught in public schools in Texas under a new law that has been clarified by the state attorney general to mean exactly what it says.
The basic argument put forward to support this type of instruction can be summarized as “Cultural Literacy”. The article describes it this way:
“There are 1,300 references to the Bible in the works of Shakespeare alone. Over 60 percent of the allusions studied in [advanced placement] English come from the Bible. Students are going to be better academically and culturally when they hear about the Bible.”
Fair enough. If that is the logic, let’s extrapolate. There are millions of scientific papers, books and textbooks that reference evolution. “Students are going to be better academically and culturally when they hear about evolution.” Scientific literacy depends on an understanding of this topic. Therefore, we would expect to see a parallel law in Texas requiring that evolution be taught in Texas schools, would we not? Unfortunately, Christian logic does not work that way:
The decision the state board makes on the science curriculum this November will determine what every public school student in Texas learns about science for the next 10 years. And that’s not all. Because Texas buys more textbooks than every other state except California and publishers would rather not create separate editions for smaller states, the books ordered here will end up in classrooms across the country.
“If Texas falls, this is the beginning of a giant move backward in science education,” says Chris Comer, the former science director who resigned in November. “What really disturbs me most of all is how the average citizen doesn’t really care. The entire education system is about to be subverted, because this isn’t just about science. This is about a group of people who are trying to dictate what should be taught in every subject, not according to research or facts, but according to their own whims and personal beliefs.”
Welcome to the Texas Theocracy.
Christians are quite fond of saying things like this: “Why do people oppose Christianity? If they aren’t believers, Christianity has no effect on their lives!” As seen above, particularly in the second article, this statement is categorically untrue. Christians, with their ridiculous beliefs and stone age thinking, act as a constant and consistent brake on scientific progress and rational thought. The irrationality of Christianity affects everyone in ways both big and small.