Christians offended that textbook calls creationism “biblical myth”

Who else but Fox and Friends would be willing to report on this “non-story”. It turns out that a 1998 biology textbook entitled “Asking About Life” has some pretty honest words concerning creationism and its religious roots. Unsurprisingly, some Christians are feeling singled out. While it’s true that they aren’t the only morons who think that something complex can’t possibly be the result of natural forces, there’s no denying where the dogma is originating from.

Taking a page out of the Catholic Church and its long history of censorship, some idiot parent is attempting to have the book banned (if you can’t beat em, ban em’). Here’s a pretty basic question: What else is a science book supposed to write on creationism? Maybe the dictionary can be of some help:

a traditional or legendary story…with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.

Uh oh, you better ban the dictionary too; I think it has a bias against those who make shit up too…

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Comments (8)

  • avatar

    C Conti

    I forgot to add this: The search trick above is to help you find repositories of videos that reside on private computers on the web. They may or may not be linked to the site (I use it a lot to search for car racing videos).

    What you find, most likely won;t belong to the folks owning the server. They probably collected them off youtube and other sources.

    Look into “Fair Use”. Ever copyrighted materials can be used under fair use laws. For instance, I used to master a podcast with Miles Davis “Kind of blue” as the musical intro. Everything was fine until one day, by mistake, I made the intro longer than 12 seconds (if memory serves). At that point I went outside the “fair use” laws and youtube took it down. Left the old ones up because the intro was only 8 seconds long.

    Bottom line, if your snippets are short, you may not need permission or break any laws.

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    Andrew Skegg

    Or you could just demonstrate scientifically that creationism is not a myth, but has an undeniable firm basis in verifiable empirical data. Of course they won’t do that because they can’t. Creationism (and intelligent design) IS a myth. Get over it.

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    An Atheist

    Okay, I’m gonna have to play devils advocate here. While I would never condone creationism being taught, wouldn’t this go against the state teaching a viewpoint on a religious belief? Isn’t this the exact type of thing that us atheists complain about the other side doing? While I wouldn’t ban this book, I would hope that the powers that be would at least strike the passage so that we couldn’t be accused of supporting or suppressing a religious perspective.

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    Timothy

    the book was published in 1998? and its 2011? Way to be right on the ball people.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Religious interpretationd of the world have to be exposed as the myths they are. I don’t care who is offended by such rhetoric: the reason we accept scientific explanations is because they live up to scrutiny. If an idea is shown not to be true, it isn’t “avoided” in order not to offend those that still think it’s true. We move on, realize the errors of our ways, and evolve.

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    ThrillKill

    “…there are other things in that book that are technically inaccurate” As the traditional interwebz challenge goes… pics or it didn’t happen. If you don’t give proof of the short-comings, it’s just spurious name calling. Of course, producing proof has never been much of the Christian strong point.

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    PaulR

    All the way through watching this video I was expecting one of the presenters challenge the guest with a basic question like “Why should science not class creationism as a myth?”.

    Do American news presenters, such as these, not have to offer some sort of balance to the argument?

  • avatar

    BlueIndependent

    Religion is one way conservatives benefit from the sort of political correctness they otherwise decry with great gnashing of teeth. Whenever it comes to questions of their religion and its involvement in the public square, they get defensive, whip out the victim card, and start looking for the closest shield for their bad beliefs. Suddenly everyone is bashing them because they’re Christian (yet still majority), or because they “stand up for what’s right” (even though that usually is a cover for some seedy social stances).

    The truth is, they don’t want their brand of political correctness to go away; they just want everyone else’s to.

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