When A Random Collection Of Molecules Gets Angry…

… protoplasm, in all its insignificance, goes everywhere.

It seems that Christian Homeschoolers are big fat liars for teaching their children that matter is not eternal and runny noses are a gift from God.  The Agnostic Associated Press has the story: 

Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth’s creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children “religious or moral instruction.”

“The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians,” said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program.”

Those who don’t, however, often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs.

Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.

“I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,” said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.

MSNBC has an online poll with this enlightening question:

Is it OK for home-school textbooks to dismiss the theory of evolution?

20K people have voted thus far and by a slight majority the readers of MSNBC have determined that it is not OK for a group of cells to be so dismissive.   

I have a few question for the poll takers and Jerry Coyne who is quoted in the AP article.  Where do they get their standards of OK-ness?   Where does Jerry Coyne, who accuses the Christian publishers of lying to kids, get his notion of truth and why is it wrong to lie?  According to them we are attractive blobs of goo, evolved bits of nature stuck to the bottom of the universe’s cold, impersonal everythingness.

Speaking of  Jerry have you check out his blog, Why Evolution is True?   Coyne is a supercilious  son-of-a-bacterium.  Here is the his summation of an online discussion on his blog concerning homeschoolers and evolution:

2.  Homeschooling and evolution. The thread has gotten long and predictable. Religious opponents of evolution came to our website en masse, and, while there was some acrimony, many of you patiently and gallantly tried to instruct the benighted about why scientists accept evolution as not just a theory, but as scientific fact.  This exercise, I think, was futile.

Now,  I did not read his discussion to determine the futility of their argument, but I ask him what was gallant about the fight?  Who says?  Him?  He is goo with a blog nothing more. 

Of course he does not really believe he is goo.  He does not actually believe his ramblings are the meaningless spewing of accidental order.  He operates in this world as though there is a God.  He writes as if Jesus Christ is Lord.

al sends.

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