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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:03 PM
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Dispatches from the Idiocracy



Tennessee House Overturns Scopes "Monkey Trial" Verdict
Posted by Bruce VanWyngarden on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM


Welp, they did it. The Tennessee House voted 70 to 28 to pass a bill that would allow science teachers to teach alternatives to broadly accepted scientific thought, including evolution. The language of the bill is broad, designed: "to create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues."

But the intent is clear: to allow teachers to teach alternative "theories," such as creationism, in science classes.

It is, of course, absurdist political theater, yet another example of social engineering and meddling in places where our legislators shouldn't be meddling. Creationism is Christian theology, period, and has no business in a science class in a public school. But that doesn't bother these clowns, who seem intent on making Tennessee the backwoods, possum-eating, snake-handling laughingstock of the U.S. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.memphisflyer.com/TheBruceVBlog/archives/2011...



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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:04 PM
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1. K & R. for using the phrase, "possum-eating, snake-handling laughingstock"
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:15 PM
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6. they have a lot of competition from Texas, Florida, Arizona...
Tennessee might be ahead in the stupid Olympics, but just by a hair.
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Newest Reality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:05 PM
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2. When you can get people
to believe absurd things, they can be made to do absurd things and even to commit atrocities without flinching.
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:06 PM
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4. Post of the day right there.
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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:12 PM
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5. Yes! Absurd beliefs lead to absurd actions. Look no further than Nazi Germany
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 12:13 PM by ck4829
It was rife with pseudo-scientific and pseudo-historic garbage. In addition to their racist 'science', that Jews were responsible for everything bad under the sun, and more; there was a popular 'theory' during that day that a pendulum could be swung over a picture or a map, and the way it moved would supposedly give you clues to the content of the picture.
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:06 PM
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3. Stand back, I'm doing SCIENCE!


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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:25 PM
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7. "They Tried to Teach My Baby Science"
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:47 PM
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8. I first laughed when I saw that, magazine cover and then realized that I honestly
couldn't be sure that it really was a joke. Please, please tell me it is.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:59 PM
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9. It's from The Onion. n/t
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:01 PM
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10. Oh thank the Gods!!
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