I’m not joking when I ask, is he brain-dead? How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits? Oh wait, he’s blinded by faith.
A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would require schools to notify parents if “the theory of evolution by natural selection” was being taught at their child’s school and give them the opportunity to opt out of the class.
State Rep. Rick Brattin (R), who sponsored the bill, told a local TV station last week that teaching only evolution in school was “indoctrination.”
“It’s an absolute infringement on people’s beliefs,” Brattin told the Kansas City Star of requiring schools to teach evolution. “What’s being taught is just as much faith and, you know, just as much pulled out of the air as, say, any religion.”
Another hardcore religious zealot who doesn’t have an inkling of what science is or how it works…
This bill is one of several anti-evolution proposals that have appeared across the country in various forms from “the teach the controversy” stance to inclusion of instruction in Intelligent Design (a religious-based proposal painted up with sciencey jargon). But this is the only one that would mandate parental notification that their children were being taught evolution – the basis of biology as knowledge and the ONLY explanation for life on earth that takes into account all evidence from all earth and life sciences. On Brattin’s side – there is… the Bible.
We here at DN are pretty tolerant of personal belief, but when it threatens the public good, insults our intelligence, ignores the case law based on the Constitution, shoves a particular religion down our throat, disrespects the knowledge gained by scientific research, and deliberately sets out to make people stupid, then we have to call this Brattin guy a self-righteous piece of crap. Amen.
Parents can opt to send their children to religious schools, but if they choose public education for their offspring they cannot treat the curriculum like a buffet and plan their child’s attendance accordingly.
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