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LoveRichardDawkins
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Anonymous

Creationism should be banned from school science classes

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Started: 7/14/2018 Category: Religion
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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LoveRichardDawkins

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Teaching creationism is in school science classes is only ever the indoctrination of children. Our children have the right to understand that some people have different points of view (however stupid). However, they also have the right to be taught what's true in school. Science is the study of the natural world and therefore natural and factually correct information is the only information that should be taught. Religious education classes are where creationism should be taught. Students should be given the right to learn about what some people think and why they think that but they must not be taught creationism as if there is any scientific support for it or as if it is a legitimate explanation of origins.

Creationism quite frankly is totally ridiculous and wrong. No serious scientists in any large number support the idea. Those who do are practising bad science. This is because in order to practise science properly one has to start by looking at the evidence and then make a conclusion about that evidence. However, creationists start from a world view of "I already know the answers- God did it" and then they look for evidence for their claim while disregarding any contrary evidence. Therefore, teaching creationism in school is not only teaching children nonsense but also teaching them bad science since they are not taught the proper scientific method or world view.

Finally, creationism should be banned from school science classes because it puts ridiculous theories like young-earth on the same platform as evolution. It thus makes the sides seem equal when they're not. Ken Ham is not equal in scientific credibility to Bill Nye. This thus delegitimises true science and presents a misconception to children that there is actually a debate about this in science - which is a downright lie.

Creationism is nonsense. But some people believe it -fair enough. Teach kids what some people think. But (if you'll pardon the pun) for God's sake keep it out of the science class!
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Posted by Anonymous 3 years ago
LoveRichardDawkins
You"re clearly not a scientist - evolution is a FACT!

So are you an old earth creationist then?

Plus which type of creationism? What"s to say that the biblical creation story is any better than the Hindu or Igbo creation story? They can"t all be right surely? How do you know your version is the right one. If you were born in India I"m see you might have a very different creation story.
Posted by Anonymous 3 years ago
DeletedUser
umm, evolution is nowhere close to a scientific law. And even if it is true, it doesn't disprove creationism. God could have very well created life with an evolution effect.
Posted by Anonymous 3 years ago
LoveRichardDawkins
Yes let"s have an evolution debate. But believe me your position is scientifically laughable.
And back in Galileos time they were not practising real science and using the scientific method. Gravity is a law and also is a theorem as well as evolution. It is a fact.

On a side note, how old do you think the earth is ?
Posted by Anonymous 3 years ago
DeletedUser
Gravity is a scientific law. And just because 97% percent of people believe something, that doesn't make it true. At one point in time 99.99% percent of people believed the earth is flat. Does that mean it's flat? Well obviously no. Do you want to have an evolution debate?
Posted by Anonymous 3 years ago
LoveRichardDawkins
Shame you forfeited.

And evolution is a fact accepted by 97% of the scientific community and every single scientific authority.
You cannot call it a theory. Have you ever heard of the theory of gravity? Don"t deny the facts. There is plenty of evidence for evolution.
Posted by Anonymous 3 years ago
DeletedUser
Oh but they can teach evolution which is absolutely no more than an unconfirmed hypothesis.
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