This November a small community in Pennsylvania tossed up the entire eight member school board that required students in grade nine be told that evololution was not proven and they be directed to a book entitled, Panda's and People.
The book is a clumsy attempt to make a science out of creationism as described in the Bible.
The court decision comes after Kansas adopted similar policy endorsing "Intelligent design" and requires doubt be cast upon evolution. No wonder Dorothy left. In his 139 page decision the judge said he had too "to preserve the separation of church and state."
American justice is all over the place when it comes to religion and the state. In 1925 the State of Tennessee enacted a law prohibiting the teaching or discussion of Evolution.
STATE OF TENNESSEE
PASSED BY THE
SIXTY - FOURTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
CHAPTER NO. 27
(By Mr. Butler)
AN ACT prohibiting the teaching of the Evolution Theory in all the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of Tennessee, which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, and to provide penalties for the violations thereof. Read more here
We have people in politics in Canada that would support such legislation. Of course the person most likely to address it is Stockwell Day. A man that taught evolution had no basis in fact. A man that believes Man walked with dinonsoars.
This is not a small group of people. Many Conservative and Liberal MP's and their candidates hold these views. In their attempt to be perceived moderate they down play these views. "Nothing scary about us, were all for the family." In Harper's case he has issued duct tape for his candidates and has a standing order at Wal-Mart, run out just charge it to head office and the Liberals have relied on local candidates keeping quiet about their own views. When was the last time a Liberal MP during the election said anything out of tune with the National campaign.
The American Christian Crusade has invaded Canada with its money, its organizers and its zeal for "re-godding". Ralph Reed was likely paid to come to Toronto recently to preach the gospel of electoral politics, but you can be sure he was not paid by a Canadian group. It was likely the through the charitable kindness (albeit Tax Deductible) of a large American group like the Heritage Foundation.
These are people that are wealthy, espouse cuts to welfare, employment insurance, fight against free healthcare and cheaper medications, support large multi national companies like Wal-Mart and the Insurance and pharmaceutical business.
When Harper and Day go on about healthcare, they refuse to reject any private care yet are being dishonest when they say they support our public system. The want more private care, more private schools, lower levels of government support for people, no daycare plan, reduced environmental standards or self policing industry, lower working standards.
All of the above will lead to Canadians having to pay more, to do with out, to become more reliant of the "free market" just like the USA. Some of you may think that is economic policy and has little to do with religion. In the case of Paul Martin and the Liberals I agree, they simply want to make all things easier for the wealthy and large corporations.
The Conservatives are different though. Many of the Conservatives have a hidden agenda. An agenda wholly endorsed by the likes of Ralph Reed and wealthy foundations like the American Heritage. Disguised as economic policy.
Its a clever strategy, its long term and well funded. If they succeed in ever electing a majority government it will come at us in little bits at a time and before you know it we are all on bended knees. They are building in Canada, they have key folks in place, they have access to millions of American dollars and organizers.
So while some may laugh at the United States and its approach, be ready!
More of what the Judge said in his ruling ...
"The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the (school board) who voted for the ID Policy. It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy."
"The overwhelming evidence at trial established that ID is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism, and not a scientific theory."
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