11 hours ago • Gil Shapiro Special To The Arizona Daily Star
America's Christian right relentlessly attempts to bring religion into public school science classrooms.
Senate Bill 1213 was just introduced by several of Arizona's faith-driven legislators. The bill states, "The teaching of some scientific subjects, including biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning, can cause controversy." Students need to "respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues."
While controversies surely exist about teaching techniques in science education, there are no controversies among mainstream scientists that religion has no place in the science classroom.
The strength of science is that its method to gain knowledge of our reality is based on reason: Observations generate hypotheses that can be tested objectively and verified. Surviving the severest criticisms, conclusions are then formed that rationally explain the original observations. But even solid conclusions are still subject to change or even rejection as new information is received.