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posted by n1 on Friday July 04 2014, @02:11AM   Printer-friendly
from the certified-misinformation dept.

The young journalists at The Southerner, the student newspaper at Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia, recently broke the news that creationism and other Christian religious views are incorporated into the Biology curriculum used by the City of Atlanta Public Schools.

A PowerPoint shown to a freshman biology class featured a cartoon depicting dueling castles, one labeled "Creation (Christ)" and the other labeled "Evolution (Satan)." Balloons attached to the evolution castle were labeled euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, racism and abortion

The PowerPoint, which has more than 50 slides largely consisting of material about evolution, was downloaded from SharePoint, an APS file-sharing database for teachers. It was uploaded by Mary E. King, a project manager at APS who has also uploaded more than 2,000 other documents. Phone calls and emails to King have not been returned. Tommy Molden, science coordinator for APS, also did not respond to requests for comment.

Students were offended by the cartoon:

"[I] have gay parents, and [the cartoon] said that evolution caused homosexuality and it implied that to be negative, so I was pretty offended by it," [freshman Seraphina Cooley] said.

Cooley said that another student emailed the administration complaining about the PowerPoint.

Freshman Griffin Ricker, who is also in Jones' class, said [Biology class teacher Anquinette Jones] got angry with the class when she found out students had notified the administration.

"She had a 10-minute rant," Ricker said. "She yelled and said, 'This is on the APS website, and it was certified.'"

In case of soylentnewsing, the student reporting is also posted on a local Atlanta newspaper blog.

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  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Friday July 04 2014, @09:15AM

    by Bot (3902) on Friday July 04 2014, @09:15AM (#64052) Journal

    > There's never going to be a signature on a glacier somewhere with his initials.
    > (...) Those who believe in God can see the amazing things in this universe as gifts from God.

    That's your completely personal and arbitrary threshold for attributing something to a divinity. But wait, I have no problems with that, yours is an axiomatic but consistent system. I have problems with atheists which have a personal and arbitrary threshold defining the "extraordinary evidence" they need to finally start believing, and they speak like it were absolute. One problem is that nothing as seen from the inside of an universe can be attributed to a divinity until the rules of that universe are fully known, else it can be ascribed to sufficiently advanced knowledge of the world or of the observer. The other problem that closes the circle is that from the inside of an universe you cannot say that you have discovered all the rules. In fact you can't say you correctly formalized even one of them.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 04 2014, @02:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 04 2014, @02:10PM (#64156)

    So, in other words, "a God of the gaps"?