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(During a schoolboard review of the biology textbook "Asking About Life.")

Speaking to the board, Zimmermann said he had been approached by his son and other Farragut students (who he said are also his Sunday School pupils) who were upset about the implication that Christian beliefs are myths. In the ensuing board discussion, it became apparent that several board members, including Buttry, Robert Bratton, Sam Anderson, and Patrick Richmond, were sympathetic to Zimmermann’s sense of grievance. Debate quickly moved beyond the semantics of the word “myth” to broader concerns, with Anderson declaring, “I personally believe that there has to be some intelligence in the design of life, and no science teacher would ever be able to convince me different than that. It didn’t just happen in Walden’s Pond.”

Kurt Zimmermann, metro pulse 36 Comments [4/29/2010 9:56:37 AM]
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Oh, so it's wrong to say that your mythology is, in fact, myth but it's okay for you to call mine fairytales and leave it at that. (Nevermind that most members of my particular branch of paganism don't take our tales at face value and instead choose to examine them for various messages and meanings our ancestors were trying to tell).

4/29/2010 9:59:36 AM

Mister Spak

"who were upset about the implication that Christian beliefs are myths."

If I had been duped into investing my whole life in a myth I'd be upset too.

4/29/2010 10:02:09 AM

Serph-no-Okami

Having to eat and breathe through the same orifice, supporting the weight of the entire upper body on the vulnerable, precious lower spine, inverted retina's, useless remains of primitive bowels that can get infected and kill you, ...

'Intelligence in the design of life' my arse.

4/29/2010 10:58:46 AM

freako104

The basis for religion is myth and legend. There maybe truth to it but it is based on older myths and legends.

4/29/2010 10:59:44 AM

Doubting Thomas

But yet, if you ask Christians about Zeus, they'll happily say that it's part of Greek mythology. I guess it's only mythology when it's someone else's religion.

4/29/2010 11:34:59 AM

Large Hardon Collider

"no science teacher would ever be able to convince me different"

Good, then keep your beliefs out if the science classroom!

4/29/2010 11:35:30 AM

Sisyphus

Well, myth certainly sounds more pleasant that steaming pile of bullshit so what are you complaining about?

4/29/2010 12:07:25 PM

SZD

Why was it in a science book to begin with? Oh, never mind, this happened in Tennessee.

4/29/2010 12:37:29 PM

aaa

Translation to English: "Fuck science, for being not pious enough!"

4/29/2010 12:38:40 PM

myheadhurts

You should be concerned that you've been duped into thinking your beliefs have any merit.

4/29/2010 1:09:56 PM



I thought Tennessee already had this trial in the 1920s.

Get over your persecution complex. No one is trying to undermine anybody's religious beliefs; they just don't belong in science class, where we only teach things for which we have scientific evidence. There is no commentary on opinions about intelligence being behind the origin of life, or the lack thereof.

4/29/2010 1:38:59 PM

Old Viking

I personally believe ...

I personally belive I'm the world's most charming person. There are, however, those who dispute it.

4/29/2010 2:23:54 PM

The L

There are so many things wrong with Mr. Zimmermann that I don't know where to begin.

4/29/2010 2:31:39 PM

Street Sharks

Imagine being an adult, a school board member no less, and still having that "Nobody can convince me I know the truth lalalalala" mentality.

Grow up.


4/29/2010 2:58:36 PM

Quantum Mechanic

Another F- in biology.

4/29/2010 3:05:36 PM

TGRwulf

Waiiiiit.... so it's okay to say that made up stories are not myths and science is?

4/29/2010 3:09:34 PM

solomongrundy

Speaking as a European, it's amazing to me how anyone openly holding such bat-shit insane beliefs is allowed anywhere near an state education system.

4/29/2010 3:34:50 PM

Wookieduck

Argument from incredulity. You shouldn't be anywhere near a schoolboard with that childish a mindset.

Also it never ceases to amaze me how easily the faith of the devout can be shaken. "Genesis is just a story !?!!?!" <collapses into jelly>

4/29/2010 3:48:33 PM

Dr. Razark

@solomongrundy

Speaking as a American, it's amazing to me how anyone openly holding such bat-shit insane beliefs is allowed anywhere near an state education system (and I live in Texas...).

4/29/2010 4:51:34 PM

Berny

Believe what you will Zimmerman, the problem is there is no evidence for this "intelligence" anywhere. Evolution neither needs it nor wants it.
Sorry but your beliefs are a myth.

4/29/2010 5:29:38 PM




4/29/2010 5:57:08 PM

Evil European Atheist

Oh, a beatiful cognitive dissonance !
Sorry, wrong expression I have to say "faith and belief" for the reject of reality and replacement by convenient stuff.


4/29/2010 9:40:24 PM



However, they did a good job forcing you to use the computer that nowhere is in the Bible, he, he?

4/30/2010 1:22:45 AM

Vortex

By all means, lets base the science curriculum on what Sam Anderson personally believes.

4/30/2010 6:53:24 AM

Swede

@ Serph-no-Okami
Having to eat and breathe through the same orifice, supporting the weight of the entire upper body on the vulnerable, precious lower spine, inverted retina's, useless remains of primitive bowels that can get infected and kill you, ...

'Intelligence in the design of life' my arse.


I'm soo with you on this one. I often choke on air, stupidly enough. I guess it's excess saliva going down or something, but suddenly I choke and can't breathe. My husband just looks at me like I'm stupid. Veeery helpful...
Intelligent design - yeah right!!!

solomongrundy, I'm with you too. Nobody in Europe would voluntarily say such stupid things.

Gravity is just Intelligent Falling.

4/30/2010 12:04:47 PM
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