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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07 2014, @12:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07 2014, @12:49AM (#65024)

    Sorry, not even one word of all that nonsense was in any way scientific.

    It's clear by now that your god didn't see fit to give you the required intelligence to even understand what science is, let alone how it works.

  • (Score: 1) by freetown on Monday July 07 2014, @03:48PM

    by freetown (3917) on Monday July 07 2014, @03:48PM (#65282)

    You hear that doctors? It's unscientific to contemplate everlasting life. Stop trying to make Job 33:25 come true, it will show that evolution and natural selection are nonsense. We don't need organic solutions, we need man-made solutions, cyborg parts, keep working on those. How else can we prove evolution and natural selection to be the right thing? We need to see in infrared directly, never mind we were given the intelligence to discover that and make tools to see in infrared, and we need to be able to disintegrate the competition with the blast of a laser. We will have evolved!

    Someone tell Antarctica to quit squirming just because a bit of ice fell off. We cannot have the fluidity mentioned in Psalm 104:8 where mountains got taller and valleys got lower - after the Flood (Psalm 104:6) covered the then rather flattish landscape. No we can't have this proven true. No, there was never a time when there was so much water on the earth that everything was blanketed and some big box built according to a length beam seaworthy ratio of 6:1 floating around. Funny how powered ocean going vessels have a ratio of 7:1 though. Why was the dimensions given for that big box so close. Coincidence?

    Speaking of coincidence: Isaiah 13:20 says that Babylon will never be inhabited. While the Bible speaks of two destructions of Jerusalem, it only singles out Babylon for an additional no more inhabitant. Jerusalem has people living there today but ancient Babylon continues to be just ruins. Quick, better revive the place instead of keeping it a tourist spot and prove the Bible wrong.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 08 2014, @01:48AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 08 2014, @01:48AM (#65655)

      Again.
      Sorry, not even one word of all that nonsense was in any way scientific.
      It's clear by now that your god didn't see fit to give you the required intelligence to even understand what science is, let alone how it works.

      It's idiotic to take a story, then try to match it to what might be possible one day with science, and then claim that story was a scientific prediction.It just doesn't work that way.

      • (Score: 1) by freetown on Tuesday July 08 2014, @02:25PM

        by freetown (3917) on Tuesday July 08 2014, @02:25PM (#65933)

        Scientific prediction? Sorry but no, I was not implying that the thing about Babylon was at all a scientific prediction. Science does not have a monopoly on truth. Especially the sciences that cannot conduct experiments or tests and those branches are rather susceptible to biases when interpreting whatever data they have.

        All you have done is label everything in the Bible nonsense and I am sure that is a very scientific method. You have likewise done your best to insult my intelligence or lack of but then having high intelligence does not mean a thing. What matters is what is done with it. As you appear to deny your Creator's existence and if He does exist, His intelligence or if not deny then challenge it, well, you know what, you are on. (1 Corinthians 1:19-21)

        So what have a good portion of humans been busy doing, or supporting, with their intelligence and their brand of scientific knowledge? Weapons. You can blame false religion all you want for bloodshed and yes God does lay the lion's share there too but you have a share in responsibility if you learn how to use weapons for killing other humans. As for God, he is going to get rid of weapons and wars once and for all. (Psalms 46:8-10, Daniel 2:44) For that to happen, you need people to support that, people who will no longer learn war. (Isaiah 2:2-4) You can find such people today who refuse to serve in the army even under pain of death. Not only that, they are gathered together and have surpassed the divisions brought about by politics and false religion.

        Mankind is so intelligent and can come up with all sorts of technology and perform incredible feats with this technology but mankind's management skills are sorely wanting. Some people have called for the wiping out of mankind to solve the problem of pollution. Don't worry, God has that a solution long ready to go but even better; not all of mankind needs wiping out. Just those greedy ones that are responsible and their supporters. (Revelation 11:18)

        While we are on management, what is mankind's scorecard in the self-rule department? All manner of political and economic systems and yet nothing satisfactory and in fact sometimes even part of the problem. Whether republics, some form of democracy, monarchies, communism, you name it, nothing addresses and solves man's social problems.

        Well, the time will come soon for God to say, "Get off my lawn" to those who don't want to follow house rules. God is up for a challenge any time (Job 40:9-14) but he is pretty sure that he is not going to lose and suggests some other course of action. (Psalm 2)

        I'm going to be offline for two weeks or so. Enjoy your reprieve from foolishness that nonetheless will lead to everlasting life and all the learning and projects possible with eternal youth and perfect health.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 09 2014, @03:02PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 09 2014, @03:02PM (#66557)

          Little pig little pig let me in. Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin. So the wolf huffed and he puffed and blew the house down.
          So we must all stop making houses out of wood, or else they will be destroyed. It said so in my book.
          A tornado destroyed a house once so it must be true.

          Stories don't have a monopoly on truth either, they are just stories, just like your bible. In fact lots of them aren't true at all, also like your bible.

          All you have done is label everything in the Bible nonsense and I am sure that is a very scientific method. You have likewise done your best to insult my intelligence or lack of but then having high intelligence does not mean a thing. What matters is what is done with it.

          I label everything in the bible a story, you believing it to be true with no evidence other than 'god said so' is the nonsense part. The fact it contradicts itself and doesn't fit known facts makes it false. Having intelligence and an education is very relevant here, education level correlates with lack of belief in gods. It most definitely matters what one does with ones intelligence. In general scientific people learn and think and question and develop new ideas and things. Religious people don't need to question and learn and develop, god already gave them all the answers they need to know. It's not surprising that science is responsible for all the advances we have made, and that the religious are dragged along kicking and screaming, or often oblivious to where all the nice things came from. You could use your intelligence to question your beliefs. Or close your mind and fall back to faith, just like the faith I may have that a wolf will come and blow down my house if I make it from wood(despite all evidence to the contrary).

          As for God, he is going to get rid of weapons and wars once and for all.

          So he can and he will... But just not yet, lets kill some more people first. Does he have a quota, is he having too much fun with all the killing, or is he just a dick?

          I'm going to be offline for two weeks or so.

          Are you sure you haven't been raptured :)

          Enjoy your reprieve from foolishness

          Don't worry, there are plenty more foolish people.

          nonetheless will lead to everlasting life and all the learning and projects possible with eternal youth and perfect health.

          With infinite time and learning, someone in heaven should work out how to come back here to Earth and show us how wrong we are. Maybe you can be the first. But you'd better learn time travel too because I wont be around forever.