Eric Hovind Teaches ‘Critical Thinking’ in Public School

Hemant reports that last week, Eric Hovind gave a seminar — Hovind says it was about “critical thinking” — to a public school in Georgia during the school day. And one of his readers filed a FOIA request and got a copy of the presentation. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear it’s all about creationism.

After looking at all the communication provided by the district, here’s what I can tell you:

Hovind’s appearance was supported by a local minister, Tim Tidwell of Oakside Baptist Church, who at the very least sent Principal Dennis “Chip” Medders a recommendation on Hovind’s behalf…

One of the other recommendation letters Hovind provided as a reference included this one from a Mississippi high school principal who praised him (15 years ago) for making it clear that “the creationist position was not only scientific, but also logical and appealing to anyone with an open mind.”

Here’s that recommendation letter:

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All about creationism vs evolution, but since he doesn’t mention the Bible, that makes it all okay, right? Wrong. This was settled by two court cases in the 80s, McLean v Arkansas and Edwards v Aguillard, both of which saw through the ruse of teaching “creation science” as what it was, an attempt to get religion illegally into science classrooms.

Hemant has slides from the presentation, which are the same old tired creationist claims that were debunked literally decades ago.

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  • theguy

    “I appreciate your keeping the Bible out of the program to prevent any charge of ‘religion’ from arising”

    Two sentences later…

    “It is obvious from your presentation that either the creation or the evolution theories of beginnings require a choice based on faith.”

    You couldn’t keep the lie going for a whole paragraph?

    Evolution is not based on faith. Creationism is not based on science; blowing smoke up your own ass about how great you are is not science.

  • John Pieret

    “critical thinking” = “how not to think when others are critical of my reading of the Bible”

  • Loqi

    Unfortunately, everyone failed the critical thinking exercise, by virtue of Hovind not being mocked, ridiculed, and laughed out of the room.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    I hear next week they have Bill O’Reilly booked to give a talk on journalistic ethics..

  • peterh

    “Both sides in scientific debates…” when only one side is based on science? Critical thinking is to Hovind & MacNeece as oil is to water. Snake oil.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Hmmm. Evolutionary science, founded by Darwin, modified as needed by subsequent evidence, is robust. It is supported by evidence from multiple fields of science, makes predictions (i.e. is testable), and is used in practical applications in medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, field biology, climate change mitigation, computer ship design, and others.

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    Creationism is founded by charlatans who couldn’t explain the scientific method to save their lives (or win a court case). It makes no testable predictions (e.g. why is life arranged in a nested hierarchy of morphology?), is not falsifiable (“Because God wanted it that way!”), and has no practical applications.