Move over Kansas, here comes Oklahoma!
10 Mar 2008

Move over Kansas, here comes Oklahoma!

Phil Plait says it better: The Oklahoma

10 Mar 2008

Phil Plait says it better:

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a bill that says that a student can receive a passing grade in an Earth Science class if they say that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the Earth an hour ago, and then planted false memories into every single living creature on Earth to make it seem like they’ve been around longer.

That’s right. There’s a bill in Oklahoma that will allow religious beliefs to trump education –especially science education. So you think people lived with dinosaurs? No problem! And you think the sun revolves around the Earth? No problem! According to Phil, the legislation states that “a student cannot be graded down if they say that what they are being taught interferes with their religious beliefs.”

This bill still has to pass Oklahoma’s state Senate before it becomes a law. If that happens, Oklahoma will have taken a long stride back into the Dark Ages. I’ll be honest: if I were an employer, or a University recruiter, and the bill becomes law, I would look very skeptically at any application that came to my desk from a student who graduated in Oklahoma. That makes me sad, but that is the reality Oklahoma is aiming toward

Again, Phil really sums this whole thing up better. Go read about it at Bad Astronomy Blog.

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  1. Mike Brown March 10th, 2008 9:40PM

    John, you comments show a real lack of knowledge about what you speak. Surly you are not an educator. You extreme views of what this bill will allow really makes no sense. If you believe that this beautiful world in which we live just happened by some accident I really wonder who is the extremist. We all know that none of this is science, so quite stating that it is. If it had been observed we would not be having this discussion. It takes more imagination for me to believe in none scientific evolution that it ever take to believe that a higher power created this world. This bill is the result of people becoming tired of being told truth that is not truth. Good job Oklahoma!

  2. John Moravec March 10th, 2008 11:44PM

    Hey Mike– Are you trying to pick a fight? Trust me, I have no bones to pick with you or with your brethren at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. If you want to worship pasta and meatballs, that’s just fine by me. Believe me, I will never cross the Spaghedeity. RAmen!

    But, in all seriousness, if you want to attack people, please take it to Phil’s blog. There’s plenty of that going on there. You might even meet a new friend! (Before you do so, however, you might want to find yourself a writing coach…)