Re: Emily & teaching Science, or not
Eva: > I can tell you -- I am seriously screwed up as a result.
Rich: > I guess I could use that as a reason I'm the way I am.
You folks puzzle me. Rich, you're fine the way you are (the man can dance!)
and Eva, you are anything but screwed up. I had 12 yrs of parochial
school - religion class every day. But I was fortunate that at the the time
they were still teaching that, above all, it is important to think. Today
The dinosaurs were too big for the ark, Eva, they'd've sunk it. ;+)
Threatening a teenager with excommunication for asking questions - using
your brain, Rich - is truly low. I don't need to know all the answers, but
simple logic tells me the third rock has been here a lot longer than a few
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 10:07 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Emily & teaching Science, or not
> Holy crap! I'm trying to catch up on email & I didn't realize you guys
> talking about this subject.
> Sadly, my parents are rabid Christians and, as a result, I am a victim of
> this. I was forced to attend religious schools during grades 1-8 and I
> taught that the earth is only 6,000 years old; that the geologic evidence
> the earth is really older all occurred because of the flood (you know,
> the Ark, rain for 40 days & nights, etc); and the Grand Canyon is a
> the flood -- all of that crap.
> READY FOR THIS ONE? --- I was taught that evolution was a lie that the
> wants us to believe, and that if I was tempted into believing in
> as opposed to the creation story that the earth was created in 6 days,
> will burn in hell & not be "saved", hence I would not go to heaven.
> I can tell you -- I am seriously screwed up as a result. I can't believe
> the creation theory, yet I am so screwed up that I don't believe
> either. I am not a scientist by profession so thankfully this
information as to
> how the earth came to be is not 'critical' for me to get on with everyday
> life, so I put it out of my head and realize that I'm screwed up.
> My hubby makes fun of me, though, whenever we are watching the Discovery
> channel or any similar show that talks about the age of the earth. When
> talk about gazillions of years ago, he turns to me & says, "Oh, for you
> 8 weeks ago." LOL It makes me laugh. I realize I'm ridiculously
> in the head about this. I just have to laugh about it.
> Don't worry David -- I'm NOT offended in the slightest. I wish people
> just teach the kids science & not screw them up as badly as I have been.
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
> Honor our dead. Demand the truth. _ http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/_
> What is the Downing Street Memo?_
> www.downingstreetmemo.com_ (http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/)
> In a message dated 7/12/2005 9:23:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> email@example.com writes:
> 40%??? That's alarming.
> I had to teach a class on dinosaurs my first year out of college at the
> museum I worked for. I had a Christian academy class come in one day.
> brought their texts with them, and I soon found out that the only reason
> they came to the class was to argue their point that dinosaurs and man
> "walked the earth together." Their text actually depicted a photograph on
> dinosaur fossil and a fossilized "caveman" footprint in the same picture,
> thus proving that they lived at the same time according to the text. It
> disconcerting to say the least, and of course I was only 22 at the time
> had no idea how to respond with offending someone. Now, I am NOT slamming
> the Christian religion, so no one start getting upset please, but that
> way over the top. It amazed and appalled me what those children were
> Andrea H
> Beaufort, SC
> > [Original Message]
> > From: David Franzman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > To: <email@example.com>
> > Date: 7/12/2005 8:59:01 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Emily
> > Hey Jim
> > Interesting and goes along with my thoughts. One word on what you
> > about evolution: National Geographic had an interesting article on
> > evolution and Darwin's journeys. The author lamented that the title of
> > breakthrough scientific work was labeled "The Theory of Evolution."
> > gave the naysayers wiggle room to denigrate it as merely a
> > just an idea rather than a firm scientific basis for the study of life
> > science. Also, and I think I wrote about this a few months ago, most
> > shocking of all was that more than 40% of the American people do not
> > theory. A significant number believe that the age of the
> > be counted in thousands not billions of years.
> > David
> > http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
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