In a report from the Huffington Post, dated 3/22/2014, it is reported that Creationists are demanding equal time on the Fox series "Cosmos", hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Though some philosophers of science regard Creation Science and Intelligent Design theory as legitimate science, but that it is bad science, what makes these Creationists really think their faith-based ideas and theories of a universe and life created by an intelligent designer can compete in the world of good science, wherein ideas are tested through observation and experimentation, where the ideas that fail are tossed, and the ideas that pass are accepted by science as fact, and where theories are amended when new and better evidence is presented ? Something that is lacking in Creationism, which refuses to change with the presentation of new information. They simply find a dishonest way of forcing new ideas to fit with the foundation of Creation Science (viz., the Bible). What are all of your all's thoughts on the matter ?

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So here's what I sent to my Republican state legislator in Georgia:
Mr. Tolleson,

As a Georgia taxpayer, I find it appalling that tax dollars, in the form of school dollars, are being used to support 34 schools in Georgia that are teaching junk science rather than or along with established scientific theories that have been substantiated by the vast majority of scientists and by an overwhelming array of evidence.  Creationism, whether we call it Intelligent Design or the argument from design commonly heard in the 18th century, has no place in science class.  Creationism is a religious belief, not a scientific theory.  Every court that has ruled on this issue has agreed with this statement.  Science supports the Big Bang and Evolution, not Biblical creationism.

The schools in question are:

Creationist Voucher Schools in Georgia

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program — 34 Schools

  • Bible Baptist School, in Savannah, uses ABeka.

  • Brunswick Christian Academy, in Brunswick, uses ABeka.

  • Christian Heritage School, in Dalton, says its Desired Student Academic Outcome is that “students will be equipped to study and comprehend Creation from a Christian worldview.”

  • Closer Look Christian Academy, in Hampton, says in its science section, “creation was brought into existence by God in six days.”

  • Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, in Acworth says in its school catalog says that life science, “will begin by discussing the relationship of science to the Word of God and by examining the attributes of life, the classification systems, cells, and biblical creation.”

  • Covenant Christian, in Loganville, uses ABeka.

  • Creekside Christian Academy, in McDonough, says, “The universe, a direct creation of God, refutes the man-made idea of evolution. Students will be called upon to see the divine order of creation and its implications on other subject areas.”

  • Cumberland Christian Academy, in Austell, uses ABeka.

  • Dawson Christian’s Handbook, in LaGrange, says it uses ACE and ABeka.

  • Dominion Classical Christian Academy, in Lawrenceville, uses Apologia.

  • Eagles Landing Christian Academy, in McDonough, teaches, in Life Science, “Origins: Creationism, evolutionism, literal view, alternate view of Creation, the Flood, fossils, dinosaurs, various theories of evolution.”

  • Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy, in Decatur, uses ABeka (Handbook).

  • Hope Springs Christian Learning Center, in Lawrenceville, uses ABeka.

  • Legacy Community Academy, in Alpharetta, uses Apologia.

  • Livingway Christian Academy, in Adairsville, uses ACE.

  • Maranatha Christian Academy, in Oakwood, teaches, “creation and evolution.”

  • New Creation Christian Academy, in McDonough, uses Bob Jones.

  • Providence Christian Academy, teaches their students creationism, but they have a special course for their students to take if they would actually like to learn evolution (creationism is still taught in that course too).

Private schools are, of course, free to teach whatever nonsense they like, including phrenology, alchemy, astrology, and even magic, but they are not entitled to government funding.  Not one of the above curricula is supported by scientific evidence; each is purely and simply religious belief with no justification in science.

Please do what you can to put an end to this government support of religion forbidden by the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

Yours,

Craig A. Milliman, PhD

Maybe I'll be seeing some of you in the unemployment line soon . . . .

Good for you.

Good stuff, Craig.  We can hope that someone in his office actually READ what you laid out and maybe even had an appreciation for it, but Georgia?  [sigh]  Honestly, I don't know.

Still, you spoke up, and that's more than a lot of people do - BRAVO!

I'll second/third that BRAVO!!, and hope that someone actually considers your letter.

Oh, you make my heart sing! This is exactly the kind of action needed to get started! Fine job. 

Is there a specific place you found this information about science curriculum, or did you have to do some digging. If so, where does one start?

Excellent work, Craig.

We need more programs such as Neil deGrasse Tyson presented. Some great additions to the list are 

Brian Greene, http://www.briangreene.org/

Brian Cox, Wonders Of Life

Lawrence Krauss, The Big Debates: The Best Of Lawrence Krauss

Daniel Dennett on Death, Religion, Morality, Politics and more

this is just a beginning

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