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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Missouri Lawmaker Seeks To Keep Teens Safe From Evolution Education

Missouri Lawmaker Seeks To Keep Teens Safe From Evolution Education

The Missouri State Assembly may soon face a vote on one of the real issues of our time: teaching evolution in public schools. That’s right, apparently William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow didn’t already put this one to bed in 1925.

Rep. Rick Brattin, a Missouri state assemblyman, is set to introduce a bill that will give students the choice to opt out of biology classes that offer evolution as scientific fact. This will stop students who reject evolution from being ridiculed, Brattin argues.

“What my bill would do is it would allow parents to opt out of natural selection teaching,” Brattin said. “It would not prohibit the child from going through biology from learning about cell structure, DNA and the building blocks of life.”

He continued: “Our schools basically mandate that we teach one side. It is an indoctrination because it is not objective approach.”

If there was any question that this vote was a complete waste of time, a little investigating by KCTV5 of Kansas City found that students in Brattin’s district are not even taught evolution in science class. Reporters from the local news station found two 16-year-olds from a local high school and asked the teens what they thought about evolution education in their school. Confused, one teen responded, “What’s that?” The other interrupted: “It’s whether God is real or not.”

The two teens then expressed their support for learning evolution in science class. “I think we should learn about it,” said one. “I think it would be good for all of us to know,” the other interjected.

But Brattin has support from his constituents of voting age. Further reporting by KCTV5 showed parents and residents extremely concerned about the threat of evolution making its way into science class.

Amazingly, one resident would risk incarceration before subjecting his kids — if he had any high-school-aged kids — to evolution in biology class. “Evolution is not taught in the Bible so it shouldn’t be taught in the class,” Brandon Eastwood told KCTV5. “Even if I had to spend some time in jail, I wouldn’t subject my kids to that nonsense.”

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  • Scott Mann

    What about math? Did you know that they teach that pi=3.14, not 3 as it says in the bible?!

    What year is it? I thought the dark ages ended a few hundred years ago. I like how the religious like to use the word “indoctrination” when it comes to educating young people. But, it’s perfectly fine to “indoctrinate” them with religious nonsense.

    If I want to learn about talking snakes, people being transformed into pilliars of salt, or bears mauling kids to death for mocking a bald man, I will read the bible.

    If I want to learn about facts, I will read a science book.

    • Daniel Jones

      The Dark Ages never end.. darkness, ignorance, and stupidity always lie in wait for the foolish to embrace again.

  • TZToronto

    I think students should be allowed to opt out of sitting through anything they don’t believe in. So if a student doesn’t believe in English literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, he or she shouldn’t have to study Shakespeare. In history class, students shouldn’t have to hear about the Manhattan Project, Hiroshima, or the Battle of Staingrad, either. After all, those aren’t mentioned in the Bible and obviously never happened.

  • Sand_Cat

    Because who could be better qualified to evaluate science education than a parent with a 6th-grade education or a student who doesn’t know what evolution is (or a legislator who doesn’t even know what’s taught in the schools of his district)? [I realize that’s a sentence fragment, for any grammar Nazis reading this]

    • daniel bostdorf

      You made sense to me….the dumb teaching their chidren to be dumber…..frightening consequences.


    We live in a world profoundly dependent on science, and we continue to do battle with science illiterates, who would replace science with supernatural myth. The rest of the advanced world stopped having this debate generations ago. America’s economic competitors must jump for joy every time something like this comes up.

  • Lynda Groom

    How are you going to keep them down on the farm if they get an education? Trying to legislate intentional ignorance of science will only keep that state near to bottom in all things important. The lawmakers should get a library card and use it.

  • dopper0189

    I want my kids to learn the “stork delivers babies” theory as an alternative to sex ed! Whose with me!!!!!!

  • Red diaper baby

    We’re doomed!!