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Switch to Forum Live View Fundamentalists link Creationism and AGW denial
8 years ago  ::  Mar 04, 2010 - 8:00AM #1
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Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation’s classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.

In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

The bill, which has yet to be voted on, is patterned on even more aggressive efforts in other states to fuse such issues. In Louisiana, a law passed in 2008 says the state board of education may assist teachers in promoting “critical thinking” on all of those subjects.

Last year, the Texas Board of Education adopted language requiring that teachers present all sides of the evidence on evolution and global warming.

Oklahoma introduced a bill with similar goals in 2009, although it was not enacted.

The linkage of evolution and global warming is partly a legal strategy: courts have found that singling out evolution for criticism in public schools is a violation of the separation of church and state. By insisting that global warming also be debated, deniers of evolution can argue that they are simply championing academic freedom in general.

We see here an ideological and religious alliance against these two scientific theories that is playing out in regions of the country that are less sophisticated and well educated, where Christian fundamentalism is a strong political force.

Having been educated as a scientist, I am appalled and astounded at how primitive this mentality is, but not really surprised. In addition to the religious aspect of this anti science movement, there is a lack of respect for scientific expertise in the United States that fuels these movements. It is part of the reason the education system some of  these areas of the US is failing.


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8 years ago  ::  Mar 04, 2010 - 4:14PM #2
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Dear eadler:

I recall learning in Marketing class, that popular beliefs can be statistically analysed. So it is possible to apply rational method to social attitudes.
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