Creationists Under Attack…Again

 

This time it’s homeschool textbooks.  Apparently, some feel that freedom of the press doesn’t include textbooks? 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588260,00.html

A quote from Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago:  “I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids”

Well, duh.  His field is evolution, so naturally that is what he believes.  Many other scientists believe that HE is ‘promulgating lies’ in his teaching.  So it goes.  This is part of our humanity–that we don’t agree on everything.  If people like this have their way, think of the black market that will suddenly spring up for books that promote a God-centered viewpoint.  Most homeschool publishers will have to go underground.

Thankfully, we’re not there yet.  But I can’t help being a bit disturbed that it’s being talked about.  Just like the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which would never be “fair” except to those who are in power, the censoring of textbooks could only be another step backwards for America.

It’s truly amazing the strides that our country has made in my lifetime.  I have gone from the freedom to pray in public school as a child to having others try to keep me from teaching my own children about God.  Freedom is definitely a fragile and elusive concept, easily lost.

For anyone who is interested, there is a response from Apologia textbooks here 
and also an msnbc poll where you can cast your vote on the issue here 

 

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5 Responses to Creationists Under Attack…Again

  1. quilt_cats says:

    I caught one of the reports yesterday on history textbooks- the controversy of showing our Christian heritage in our country’s history.  The naysayers are claiming people will be left out just because they weren’t Christian… sigh… Our country is rich in a beautiful Christian tradition, based on Christian principles and I think it’s great. 

  2. BooksForMe says:

    I keep telling Hannah, “Marry a strong man who will stand with you and help you defend your right to educate your children.”  When you put it like you did, from being able to pray in school to being told you cannot teach your children about God, it’s pretty shocking.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/education/11educ.html?hpHave you seen this article, or heard about this plan? 

  3. Excellent post! Also, are you familiar with the Institute for Creation Research, http://www.icr.org? They have great resources! God bless, ~ Pete

  4. homefire says:

    @BooksForMe – No, I hadn’t heard of it, and I can’t see any good purpose in it.  Public schools are already too focused on sameness.  Teaching children to actually think, rather than simply regurgitate a prescribed set of facts, is the improvement they really need to make!

  5. BooksForMe says:

    @homefire – You dreamer, you! 

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