Insist the government do the right thing. Sadly, they have about a zero percent chance of obliging.

Here’s a petition asking the federal government to ban creationism in public schools!  It’s redundant because the courts have already made that call, but it’d still be nice to see.  So would unicorns pouring me a beer made out of rainbows.  Both have about the same chance of happening, but it never hurts to ask.

Since Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, scientists all around the world have found monumental amounts of evidence in favor of the theory, now treated as scientific fact by 99.9% of all scientists.

However, even after 150 years after the establishment of evolution, some schools across the US are “teaching the controversy,” including Creationism and Intelligent Design. Both of these so-called “theories” have no basis in scientific fact, and have absolutely zero evidence pointing towards these conjectures. These types of loopholes in our education are partially to blame for our dangerously low student performances in math and science.

Therefore, we petition the Obama Adminstration to ban the teachings of these conjectures that contradict Evolution.

If anybody does the unicorns and rainbow beer petition, let me know.  I’ll blog that one too.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • islandbrewer

    No.

    As reprehensible and bad as it is to teach creationism or intelligent design is (not to mention illegal in a constitutional sense), I would not enact a statute that names and bans a specific belief or “theory” (and I use that term in its most wishy washy sense).

    I think that’s pretty much viewpoint discrimination, and could pave the way, employing a bad rationale, of banning teaching other worthy things.

    I also find a lot of other constitutional problems with it, too. But the bottom line is that if the Obama administration could ban teaching creationism today, a theocratic Republican could ban teaching evolution tomorrow.

    • OregonJeff

      While I agree it could set bad precedent, a theocon wouldn’t need this precedent in order to attempt to ban evolution.

      • islandbrewer

        I think that’s absolutely correct. However, enacting a statute like that would give a theocon a greater chance of success.

        Funny thing, I’m typing this while watching “The Revisionaries.” However, I still think direct control by popularly elected school boards, and indirect control by college admission standards and public pressure, while horribly imperfect, is still the best way determine what is taught in schools. That’s despite how horribly wrong it can go. (Sorry, watching the school board in the Revisionaries is just cringe-inducing.)

    • Rob

      Easy fix. “Only science shall be taught in science classes”

      • islandbrewer

        That bugs me, too. There’s a lot of things that science touches on that a science teacher should be able to mention. In other words, I just don’t like the curriculum determined by legislative fiat.

  • Artor

    I don’t think this would actually help anything. As noted, it’s already been established that teaching creationism is a religious practice, and not to be done in public schools. You’ll notice how complete that victory has been. I think an executive fiat would be no more successful, but would throw fresh meat to the ignorant Xians who already believe Obama is the antichrist.

  • Tobias2772

    Could someone create the unicorn and rainbow beer graphic. i’d like a t-shirt with that.


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