Thursday, October 2, 2008

Teaching the Controversy

There are a lot of people who feel that it is fair to teach "both sides" of the argument when it comes to evolution vs. creationism. Now this never sat right with me but I haven't been able to express it properly. The problem is that creationism is not a valid argument in the realm of a science classroom. It has absolutely no evidence to support it, and only serves to give credence to religious nonsense in schools. Which, of course, is explicitly against separation of church and state.

With the elections coming up and the Vice Presidential debate on tonight, it's important to note that Palin is in favor of "teaching the controversy" in schools. Here's what Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy had to say on the subject:

She has stated on record that she is for teaching "both sides" of the evolution "controversy". Some people think this is only fair, but that’s baloney. First of all, for the hundredth time, there is no controversy, and there aren’t two sides. Unless you count one side as being right — science — and the other side being wrong — creationism. Also, the "both sides" nonsense has long been used as creationist code for getting it taught in school. Teaching religion in a science classroom is not only unconstitutional, it’s ridiculous. Which creation myth do you teach, and where do you stop? Odin, the Enuma Elish, Marvel Comics? There are thousands. But when she says "Teach both", she means teach evolution, and teach fundamentalist Christian creationism.

If you truly believe there is controversy here, then I suggest you get educated on both sides. The creationist arguments are flawed. We need to protect our nations children from anti-science propaganda in the classroom.

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