Sunday, December 16, 2007
The Deity to Intervne, Vatican to sell cheap Oil : "My name is Charlie Carraway and I’m a member of Sopchoppy Southern Baptist Church, Sopchoppy , Florida , but I also work for the Florida Department of Education as the Director of the Office of Instructional Materials. That means I oversee the adoption process in the state, and I work in close proximity to the folks in the Office of Mathematics and Science, who have been in charge of the revision of the science standards. I say all of this, obviously, to give this e-mail credibility, so that you’ll continue to read and pass on the information I’m sharing with you. A lot of people don’t understand “why all the fuss about the new science standards,” so I thought I would try to give more background information. The science standards that are in place now do not include the word Evolution anywhere. In fact, they are ambiguous enough that the districts and schools in Florida have been able to teach evolution as a theory along With other theories. In addition to that, if these new standards are adopted, the new instructional materials adopted and placed in our schools will be aligned to these standards, which means that our new materials will explicitly teach evolution – and not as a theory!!!"
"Once these become adopted standards and benchmarks, FCAT assessment will be based on them. That means students will be held accountable to learn these benchmarks. Districts will not have a choice in teaching evolution as a theory, but will be expected to teach it as stated in these standards, big ideas, and benchmarks. Why? Why is this change necessary? Whose agenda is this and will the Christians in Florida care enough to do something about it?"
T W I N C I T I E S C R E A T I O N S C I E N C E A S S O C I A T I O N SCIENCE FAIR : "Have you been to the Home School Science Fairs? They are great! Some of the best and brightest kids in Minnesota were there. You could have learned how stable the Ark was in strong winds, how to, and how not to make yogurt, how weight effects the speed of a sled, and how to get energy from chicken droppings. Over 60 projects were up for display with many passersby stopping to check them out. It was a wonderful opportunity to place a Christian viewpoint of science before the public. For detailed directions call Julie Von Vett, 651-464-4361 or consult /adventure/fair.html."
The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom | the Daily Mail: "The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom By SIMON CALDWELL - More by this author » Last updated at 14:48pm on 12th December 2007 Comments Comments Pope Benedict XVI Attack: Pope Benedict criticised climate-change prophets of doom Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology. The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering. The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement. His remarks will be made in his annual message for World Peace Day on January 1, but they were released as delegates from all over the world convened on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for UN climate change talks. The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind."
This political season we are still under the shadow of Rovian Religious Radicalism. Esp. on the right, candidates are vetted based on their adherence to radical religion. Then we are all asked to treat religious extremism just as we do the other aspects of religion. We need to be tolerant. Why? How far does this tolerance go? Do we not ask how Bush's decson process wasa influenced by his favorite philosopher? Does the bgelievf in an absolute good deity mean that one should trust in God to provide oil?
So, with the risk of being a bigot, I suggest that a Surpeme court majority comprised opf devout Roman Catholics is not a benigjhn example of American tolerance. How can these fine men claim to be both objective and devoted to the world views of the current papacy?
The here in Seattle, we have an intelligent design institute, the Discovery Institute that bills itslef as a think tank! How does their knowledge of evolution taint their policies on transportation in Seattle?
Posted by SM Schwartz at 11:15 AM