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Friday, December 30, 2005

Teach the Controversy

Posted by on December 30 at 13:21 PM

Fundamentalist Christians want two things: They want to get creationism into public schools by demanding that schools “teach the controversy” that, uh, they’ve created. And they want public schools to refrain from even mentioning homosexuality at all. John Aravosis at Americablog makes a great point: Shouldn’t students be taught the controversy over homosexuality too?

America’s Taliban thinks that any effort to stop teachers from talking about creationism in science class is “educational censorship.” Okay, great. Then I assume they don’t mind every grade school and high school teacher in the country telling their students that many people, including all the top scientific organizations and a number of mainstream religions like Reform Judaism, think being gay is 100% a-okay.

Anything less would be educational censorship. Don’t you agree?

I’m serious. If the intelligent design debate is going on in your school district, then put forward a proposal that all the health classes, social studies classes, science classes, and any other class that even vaguely touches on marriage, human relationships, sex ed, or sexual reproduction in humans or animals teaches that the preponderance of scientific research says that being gay is genetic, normal and healthy, but that some people disagree.

John’s got a great list of quotes from fundies talking about teaching Intelligent Design/Creationism that make the case for teaching homosexuality—the controversy!—in America’s classrooms. You can read the whole thing here.

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That is brilliant.

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