Crazy Christian Creationists..
Posts Tagged ‘Education’
Posted by Mr DoctorE on November 25, 2013
Crazy Christian Creationists..
Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 10, 2013
In an effort to change preconceived notions of what it means to be atheist, Free Thinking Frogs, a student organization, gave students the opportunity to question their beliefs in a forum setting.
Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 8, 2013
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 25, 2013
Apostacon was my first specifically Pastafarian event, and it went very well. It was held at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center in Omaha Nebraska on 2013/09/22. If you're in that area, and you're bringing your kids, check out the arcade and the giant indoor water park downstairs.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 18, 2013
A student recently told a group of humanists in Texas in that she won a scholarship by standing up for her beliefs after her high school teacher compared atheism to smoking cigarettes.
At a Humanists of Houston meeting last week, 19-year-old Sara Elizabeth Sheppard explained that she decided to use her cell phone to record her high school economics professor after he “started to talk about religion in an inappropriate manner.”
During the one lecture, the teacher claimed that atheism was against human nature, and that “the mind rejects the concept of atheism” just like the body rejects smoking. The next week, he taught a lesson advocating prayer for a positive state of mind.
Sheppard provided the recordings to the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which contacted the Katy school district. The school superintendent replied with a letter thanking Sheppard and FFRF.
“We have conducted a thorough investigation and have taken appropriate action,” the letter said.
A friend who was in the same class the next semester told Sheppard that the teacher had said that she “took away his right to talk about Jesus.”
Sara Elizabeth Sheppard @ Humanists of Houston August 2013
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 16, 2013
Creeping creationism in Scotland
TWO head teachers who allowed members of a US-based creationist church to help out at a Scottish primary school have been removed from their posts.
Alexandra MacKenzie, and her deputy Elizabeth Mockus, have been assigned other duties while an inquiry is carried out into the involvement of the fundamentalist Christian sect over a period of eight years at Kirktonholme Primary in East Kilbride.
Officials at South Lanarkshire Council said they wanted to establish why the Church of Christ group, which does not believe in evolution and condemns homosexual relationships, had been allowed to provide chaplaincy for eight years.
The local authority issued a statement confirming that the teachers had been replaced and given other roles in the council while the inquiry was conducted.
The investigation was launched following complaints by parents after children took home two creationist books, How Do You Know God is Real?, and Exposing the Myth of Evolution, which they had been given at assembly.
Mrs MacKenzie defended the decision to give the books to pupils in a letter, saying: “While I appreciate that not every family in our school are practising Christians, I was only too happy to accept this generous gift on your behalf. I hope you will all accept it in the spirit with which it was offered.
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 13, 2013
Every year, an estimated 14 million girls are married before they turn 18, many before they become teenagers. Their voices are too often unheard.
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 12, 2013
Pushing that stupid myth again..
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 4, 2013
Many who reject religion are told by family, friends and cultures that they’re the ones with the problem.
“You’re not thinking correctly.” “You’re going through a phase.” “You’re deceived.” “You’re the only one who doesn’t believe in God.
Personally I can not understand how anyone can believe in god(s)
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 4, 2013
Religion, it creeps and slithers like zombie-cancer
When all in his school fold their hands during prayer, Sanjay Salve keeps his hands firmly behind his back. The 41-year-old English teacher in Nashik is fighting imposition of prayers during school hours. “Only the national anthem should be played in school,” he says.
But Mr. Salve has paid a price for his “defiance.” Though eligible for a higher pay grade since 2008 – the year after his revolt – he has been denied it for ‘indiscipline.’ The management of the state-funded Savitribai Phule Secondary School sullied his 2008-09 Confidential Report. It was the same management which gave him excellent CRs in the preceding 12 years. “And fellow teachers with whom I once had cordial relations now avoid me,” he says.
Ironically, the school has been named after one of Maharashtra’s greatest 19th Century social reformers. Savitribai was the first woman teacher in the first women’s school and founded one for girls from the marginalised castes. Mr. Salve is an assistant teacher in the school run by the Mahatma Phule Samaj Shikshan Sanstha. Of nearly 1,600 students here, almost 60 per cent are either OBCs or Dalits. Around 35 per cent are Muslims. Mr. Salve is a Dalit who embraced Buddhism. The school management is overwhelmingly OBC.
Mr. Salve, who joined the school in 1996, says “the national anthem can instil more values in students. In any case, compulsory prayer is contrary to Article 28 (3) of the Constitution. Nor is there scope for it in the Maharashtra Secondary School Code.”
He has sought redress from the Bombay High Court. The next hearing in the case – whose outcome could seriously impact the debate over religious preaching and prayer in schools – is on September 6.
The son of poor parents who never finished school, Mr. Salve is a B.A. B.Ed. His wife is completing an M.Phil. Savitribai Phule would have been proud of them. The school isn’t.
It all began in June 2007 when Mr. Salve and other teachers waited in the playground for the day’s prayer session to begin. “As students began their prayers and pledge, I remained standing as I was, my hands behind my back. Everyone else was praying with folded hands. My action was spontaneous and not intended as a revolt. I just stood there, wondering why I should pray to the god of a religion which I do not follow,” he says.
Only a furious headmaster, Madhukar Bachchav, noticed his action and demanded a written explanation from him. “I told him I am an atheist and cannot participate in prayers to any god, that such compulsion violates the Constitution,” says Mr. Salve.
“Had we overlooked this indiscipline, it might have spread to others. It was on this ground we did not find his work satisfactory. Hence, he was denied the higher pay grade,” Mr. Bachchav says.