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eyeleapy
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vinavinx
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Teachings of Creationism instead of Evolution in public schools.

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Started: 2/12/2008 Category: Science
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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eyeleapy

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I don't think Creationism should be taught in public schools because it can offend other religious people and/or Athiest people. I dislike the fact that so many people try to convert them. I say it's wrong. If anything, most if not all wars are caused by religion. I'm not saying I'm Athiest, I just don't think people should preach in a school environment, especially if one views God in the Babtist way and some students are Methodists or Catholics. Evolution should be taught because it's only a theory based on scientific facts. Just like the Elements of Chemistry, Evolution is an important factor of Biology.
vinavinx

Pro

Evolution should not be taught in public schools. The reason beind is that it is only a theory, and it is in opposition to some religious teachings. I get your point that our schools are mixed religions and teching creation could offend people. But so could teching Evolution. The teaching of evolution could bring confusion to children of certain religions. Personally i think all aspects of our rise as humans should be taught as to not offend any religious or scientific prospects. And also it would enlighten the rising generation as to the different beliefs people have in the human begginings.
Debate Round No. 1
eyeleapy

Con

Ok, fine it can offend some people on teaching evolution, but how many topics can offend people that are taught in schools anyway. What about History in which it teaches old religions based on ancient peoples. Do you think that children want to hear that thier ancestors were cruel to Native Americans? How they slaughtered them by the numbers forcing them to believe in thier God? It then that creates confusion because they're taught that thier religion is about bringing peace on Earth and yet they force it cruely upon people. You can't start a war on Evolution, but you can start a war on Religions, or Riots in schools for that matter.
vinavinx

Pro

Well, first of all the war with the native americans was started with a frech-indian alliance against england over american territory. So the cruelty came from both indians and french and english. Anyways I agree with the fact wars are started over religion. But look at our nation its called a melting pot fot a reason! All aspects of religion and science are accepted here. Therefor all aspects of both religion and science should be taught so as to cultivate respect for other ideas. And in doing so ensure our nation stays its course in freedom of religion and acceptance and understanding or those religions.
Debate Round No. 2
eyeleapy

Con

It also said a long time ago that slavery was legal and right, but it changed, besides my arguements was for anyone who agrees with creationism being taught in schools. since we seem to be on the same page here, i say you are a worthy opponent, exept i say that evolution should be taught, if you disagree then you should also disagree with any teachings of biology what's so ever. Biology means, the teachings of life, and evolution happens to fall under this catagory. I also never said abolish religion, just abolish it from schools. And also, i know how the Frech Indian war went down, this is not about that, it's about how christians came in and put a beating on my great grandfathers tribe into forcing them into the word of god. If they disagreed, or stood up for themselves, they had thier feet chopped in half at the top of the foot, etc.

Evolution might offend people, just as the teachings of how the Solar System revolved around earth, remember Galileo and how he was placed under house arrest for proving otherwise. For a long time, it was offensive to say that the earth was not center of the universe, now we have astronomy. I just think that Evolution has strong points and may soon be provin, for understanding this, we may have an understanding for our future.

You are a great opponent! You rock!
vinavinx

Pro

I do not wish to abolish biology in any way. The simple fact is that this one point in biology is viewed in several different ways. All ways should be taught without bias. I am also not saying we go into detail over each religious stance just a simple overview of the stances. And also an idea of human evolution. The fact of our nation being a melting pot is a truth not a law as was black slavery. Truths need to be acknowledged and as such we teach that way and accept every aspect.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by pirates1434 9 years ago
pirates1434
Evoultion should be taught in public schools. I concede that yes, it is a theory. But it's the theory accepted by scientists. This is the current theory accepted by these scientists. And until the theory changes, it should still be evolution in schools. And besides, creationism, I'm sorry, but it isn't based on any tangible evidence. That's what science is. Creationism is based on faith and religion. It can by all means be taught in theology, but not in biology. The other reason why creationism should not be taught is b/c of the Supreme Court case Abington School District v. Schempp. In a 9-1 vote, the court ruled that no religion may take be precendece or even be taught in public schools. I don't know why it hasn't been upheld in the recent events. But still, these are the reasons why creationism should not be taught, and is unconstituional to be taught in public schools. And this is why evolution should be the only one taught in public schools.
Posted by eyeleapy 9 years ago
eyeleapy
Sorry lol, you rule Moondragon, you're so right, maybe you should have this debate instead of I!
Posted by Miserlou 9 years ago
Miserlou
I don't think creationism should be taught alongside evolution because there is a difference between scientific theory and religion. BUT, I don't oppose teaching kids about religion, as long as they teach about all religions in a non-dogmatic way.
Posted by MoonDragon613 9 years ago
MoonDragon613
Lol, fascinating. An argument about teaching evolution v. creationism and the Con forgets to mention the critical underlying rally point of all those who favor evolution.
Evolution is the Truth. Creationism sounds pleasant and lets people sleep at night knowing that their sentience is a product of an almighty and not a roll of the dice.

(Of course then again except for those in the relevant fields, understanding evolution is like with most liberal arts, ergo useless. So in terms of life satisfaction, teaching creationism is probably much more productive.)
Posted by eyeleapy 9 years ago
eyeleapy
Well yeah, but if you say religion is only a theory, you'd have thousands of parents knocking on your door. Plus there are too many relions to open them all up in a school year.
Posted by impactyourworld89 9 years ago
impactyourworld89
Con You said - "I don't think Creationism should be taught in public schools because it can offend other religious people and/or Athiest people"

Don't you think that only teaching evolution offends the religious people?
Creationism should be taugh alongside of evolution. Both are theories and with them being taught alongside of eachother, it gives students the ability to choose for themselves instead of having one theory forced down our throats.
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