Archive for January, 2015
I wrote to Congressman Jim Buchy of the Ohio House about an alert I received that repealing Common Core Curriculum in the high schools could be used as a way re-open the path for Creationism to be injected in high school curriculums. I’ll repeat the text of Rep. Buchy’s letter below the document to make it readable. The original document seemed difficult to copy here.
Rep. Buchy’s email:
Thank you for contacting my office with concerns regarding House Bill 597. I support this bill and recently voted it out of the Rules and Reference Committee, to be considered on the floor.
House bill 597 is not about getting creationism to be taught in public schools. Instead, the bill aims to repeal Common Core in the state of Ohio in order to put control of schools back in the hands of local government and parents.
I support House Bill 597 because I do not agree with the Common Core standards, and neither do the majority of constituents I have heard from. I haven’t, however, received one email or phone call from a constituent that shares your concerns. The fact is that the 84th House District, myself included, is made up of many fine Christian people who [sic] people that God does have a place in everyday life. If I find that a lot of my constituents would support a bill that requires creationism to be taught in schools, I would consider that very idea.
Thank you for contacting me regarding this important matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding further state issues.
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[signed] Jim Buchy
84th House District
I initially responded with the next two paragraphs when I was under the weather with a cold, then recently expanded my reply to the following:
From Douglas Falknor to Rep84
Dear Representative Buchy,
I’m saddened to hear that. Education was once the liberator of thought and did its part to free western civilization from religious dogma. It bears noting that the repeating of scientific and historical facts was punishable by death then. Now the lessons being taught by creationists reject objective knowledge in favor of religious belief posing as fact.
Even though there’s been a tradition of government held hostage by religion in this country, education has been free up ’til recently. If you take these steps backwards you may spawn home taught fundamentalists who over time may achieve a level of literal fundamentalism worthy of eastern madrassas and beyond what most Christians today would consider reasonable.
To test the rightness or wrongness of teaching creationism to America’s youth, you need only substitute the teaching of any other religion’s origin myth in place of it. Only that would be fair to the other religions. Or are our high schools only Christian schools?
The near total domination of the culture by Christianity for two hundred years has not served Christians well with respect to learning to treat other religions with equanimity. The greater diversity of race, for instance, has kept the unequal treatment of minorities on the American Christian radar (TV) screens until the culture has made a modicum of concessions in the treatment of those who are of different races and ethnicities.
Christians, however, have not had enough experience with believers of other faiths to know appropriate etiquette in their interactions with them… so sensitivity in the treatment of others—treating others the way you want to be treated—has lagged behind in the arena of religion. (…and nonbelievers? Christians send death threats and hate mail…and don’t see the reflection of themselves in their actions.)
There’s always been this confusion over whether America is a Christian nation or everybody’s nation. Even George H. W. Bush got it wrong. Why? It was the religion talking. The more religion focuses the full spectrum of the public’s attention on its misbehavior the more apparent it becomes that those affected by religion should recuse themselves from actions that would impose their religion on others. Shouldn’t this include those who would rule us? Or are our rulers agents of religion first before our democracy?
We recognize this bondage to religion in the fundamentalists of other religions. It’s not so obvious to us in ourselves. We inherit this devotion to religion naturally. See the evidence for this in Religion is God’s Way of Showing Us it’s a Lot Earlier in Human Evolution than We Thought on Audible and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Religion-Showing-Earlier-Evolution-thought/dp/B00I8U6YWC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8.)