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[On the unconstitutionality of teaching creationism]

Not really. If they used the Genesis account, it covers Christianity, Judaism (Orthodox Judaism, at least), and Islam. If they just do Genesis 1:1 ("In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.") then that covers pretty much every account of it but atheism, which says it isn't a religion anyway and therefore shouldn't complain--- its doctrine is already taught.

Asahel, POD Warrior Forum 13 Comments [10/1/2002 12:00:00 AM]
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Creationism should not be taught in schools because it's not science. Teaching it in schools claims it is.

1/22/2007 8:42:09 PM


Not all religions are Abrahamic.

1/22/2007 9:08:49 PM

Big Mac

Wow, just.....wow. No further comment.

1/22/2007 10:15:33 PM

Matty the Red

that would be an easy final.

1/22/2007 11:28:33 PM

David D.G.

Nice try, but what about the creation myths of the Hindus, the Greeks, the American Indians, and every other faith? The answer is: NONE OF THIS IS SCIENCE, AND IT DOES NOT BELONG IN A SCIENCE CLASS.

Sorry for shouting, but I'm sick of people trying to shoehorn Genesis into science classes! Get your school district to create a comparative religions course if you want that stuff taught -- there could be some value in that, actually. But leave science alone unless you've got something scientific for it.

And, by the way, atheism doesn't even enter into the picture, because it has (by definition) NO \"doctrine\" that would conflict with the separation clause. If you have a problem with scientifically described reality matching someone else's beliefs better than it does yours, well, it doesn't really make much sense to claim that we need to present alternate realities; instead, it suggests that you might want to reconsider your choice of beliefs.

~David D.G.

1/22/2007 11:47:01 PM


What makes Genesis any more valid than the creation myth that involves a giant turtle on his quest for sleep? Seriously, both are absurd (although rather charming if not taken as truth), but somehow one is more valid than the other, despite no evidence of it actually happening?

1/23/2007 1:32:25 AM


Science should be taught in schools, religion at home or in religious schools.

1/23/2007 4:49:09 AM


Atheistic \"doctrine\" is taught in school? Damn, how did I miss that day?

Oh yeah, and \"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.\" conflicts that my belief, religious or otherwise that \"There is no God.\"

1/23/2007 5:32:54 AM


Look, if you wanna teach Creation in schools, that's fine -- do it in Philosophy class. Until there's empirical evidence supporting it, it doesn't belong in a science class.

1/24/2007 3:23:32 AM

Some Random Guy

On top of all the above posts, the Qur'an has a different story of Genesis - so this only covers the Judeo-Christian creation myths.

On a side note, in the muslim world today, evolution is seen as an infiltration of Western Christianity - 'cause, y'know, Darwin was a Christian.

9/10/2008 5:34:51 AM

Quantum Mechanic

"If they used the Genesis account"

Which one?

9/14/2008 9:01:34 PM


They should use the Book of Enoch, that is awesome, they have everything including giants!

9/15/2008 12:24:48 AM


"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

I can agree with the isolated context of that statement. After that, the bible's credibility takes a dump. They should have stopped right there.

Deists have a very different conceptualization of the God meme. One more serene and dignified perhaps, having no parallel whatever with the vulgar god-thing of the bible.

9/15/2008 2:30:00 AM

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