Sunday, May 26, 2013

Atheist Group Plans to Protest Texas Homeschool Convention


“I’m tired of the religious exemption that people get for doing behaviors that are immoral,” Lilandra states. “It’s immoral to me to teach your child that the earth is 6,000 years old.”


Meanwhile, Tim Lambert, president of THSC, voiced his take on the atheists’ objections. In an exclusive interview with Christian News Network, he said that the members of The Nones group clearly have a worldview that is opposed to Biblical Christianity, and “would like to keep Christian parents from imparting a Biblical worldview to their own children.” Lambert pointed out that these anti-homeschool attacks are nothing new.

“This is simply another front in the war against the fundamental, constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control and upbringing of their children,” he stated. “Over the last 25 years, we have seen different forms of such opposition from different quarters, but it always boils down to ‘parents should not have the right to teach their children because we disagree with what they want to teach.’ We, of course, could not disagree more.”

Your kid. Your responsibility. Not the State's.

What I find dumb about the evolution/creationism debate is that people have very little to do with evolution in their day-to-day lives.

How many of you have needed to reference something to do with evolution/creationism outside of online discussions?

How many of you found a fossil and wondered "Hm, I wondered what taxa this specimen belongs to?"

How many of you have sought to explain the origins of a given species or an animal behaviour?

It's not on people's radar.

Now I don't wish to be anti-intellectual about this, it's important to be knowledgeable about current scientific theories when you plan on entering scientific and related fields.

But most people don't, have no interest in such and will never reference anything dealing with evolution ever again.

So even if most of these people grow up to be hardcore creationists, so what?

Now you might say: but they will grow up to be voters and vote in creationist politicians, etc?

Okay, fine. But isn't the point of learning a certain body of knowledge is the knowledge itself?

Most of what we learn regarding higher math and science we never need after we graduate. I never had to calculate a molar concentration, solve the quadratic equation, or figure out an electrical circuit since I left school.

Ideally, education should be a function of the individual child.  There are tons of kids out there on whom higher math and science is a complete waste of time. If they're destined for a career in science then of course they will learn evolutionary theory. You have to.

For the rest of us, it's just not that important.

I know we should all be perfectly cultured and knowledgeable of everything, but that's not how it works in real life.

I find this debate a huge waste of energy, at least as far as homeschooling is concerned.

Teach your own kids evolution and may the smartest kids win.