Creationist Science Teacher Strikes Again, Inviting Evangelist Speaker to His Public Middle School

In 1996, Washington (state) science teacher Aaron Mason showed a video promoting Creationism to his eighth grade students. He also brought in a guest speaker (Jim Marisch) to reiterate the idea that the world is only a few thousand years old.

He was punished without pay for two days… and that was it.

You would think that if Mason made another speaker recommendation, even today, it would be thoroughly scrutinized.

You would be wrong.

Last spring, Mason suggested bringing in “Ranger” Gary Horton (below) to speak to students at Cheney Middle School — and school officials said yes without inquiring into who Horton was.



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South Carolina Board of Education Will Meet Today to Vote on Anti-Evolution Science Standards

We know South Carolina has a serious education problem.

This is the state where one candidate for Superintendent of Education didn’t know what the science standards were while another openly promoted Intelligent Design. It’s the place where a bill to make the Wooly Mammoth the official state fossil was laden with Bible verses.

In June, there was an attempt to revise the science education standards to weaken the concept of evolution:

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Should a Critic of Evolution Be Invited to Speak at a Prestigious University?

This August, Intelligent Design advocate (or should I say cdesign proponentsist) William Dembski will be giving a lecture at the University of Chicago:

Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, who teaches there, is rightfully furious:

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A Public High School Football Team in Georgia is Pushing Christianity on Players and There Are Pictures to Prove It

How much proof do you need that a public high school football team has an illegal dose of religion infused into it?

How about a picture of a team prayer?

How about a Bible verse quoted on the team’s workout log sheet?



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Taxpayer-funded Catholic Schools in Ontario Force Students to Take Religion Classes, Even if They Request Exemptions

In Ontario, Canada, where Catholic schools receive public funding, a new report by The Globe and Mail indicates that students who want to withdraw from religion classes for academic reasons are being denied. Mind you, these aren’t just comparative religion classes — they are classes in which you’re told what to believe.

Earlier this year, an Ontario court ruled that students could be exempt from those classes at a Catholic school, but many Catholic school administrators have decided the law only applies to “students whose parents declared themselves as public-school supporters”:

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