It’s gotten to be an old story … teachers pushing religion, in the form of creationism & “intelligent design,” on kids in public school science classrooms. This is in spite of court rulings specifically forbidding the practice. Here’s a report from MSNBC:

One in eight U.S. high school biology teachers presents creationism or intelligent design in a positive light in the classroom, a new survey shows, despite a federal court’s recent ban against it.And a quarter of the nation’s high school biology teachers say they devoted at least one or two classroom hours to the topics, with about half presenting it favorably and half presenting it as an invalid alternative. …

The research, funded by the National Science Foundation, also revealed that between 12 percent and 16 percent of the nation’s biology teachers are creationists, and about one in six of them have a “young Earth” orientation, which means they believe that human beings were created by God in their present form within the past 10,000 years.

Scientists, on the other hand, agree that humans evolved from a common primate ancestor in a process that stretches back tens of millions of years. The theory of evolution on which this is based is one of the most well-supported theories in science.

The highly publicized Dover ruling in 2005 banned the teaching of intelligent design in Pennsylvania public school science classes, and there have been many other legal victories at the state and local level for the teaching of evolution.

What we have here, folks, are believers who are all too eager to break the law in order to edjumicate dem dere chilluns on da Lorduh ’cause we dun gots ta save dere precious souls. Our preachermen dun tol’ us so!

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