Leave creationism out of science classes, readers said

Posted Aug. 05, 2010, at 5:53 p.m.

Creationism recently was a focal point in the state’s race for governor when Republican nominee Paul LePage said the Democratic Party didn’t think he was qualified to be governor because he was a creationist. So this week, ClickBack asked editorial page readers to consider whether creationism should be taught in schools. To see more responses, go to www.bangordailynews.com and look for ClickBack under the Opinion tab.

No. Creationism is neither science nor a theory. It is part of a religious belief system and should only be included in a class focused in general on religions, religious histories and myths.

— satie1

Religion belongs in a philosophy class. If this is what is meant by being taught in school, I see no problem with this. If we have educators or politicians looking to try to teach religion in a science class, we need to reconsider who we have teaching our children and who is in office. Religion and science are polar opposites. One relies on faith while the other relies on a process that proves it as fact.

— mAineAx

Sure. As long as they also teach the beliefs of Hindus, Islam, Buddhists, Pagans, Native Americans, etc.

However, this has no place in a science classroom.

— Kate Violette

No! For one thing, we need to be concentrating on teaching the basic three R’s. Before we bring any religious teachings into our public schools, we need to be concentrating on reducing the number of functional illiterates from the graduating classes to zero. Our children are having enough problems getting a good education without throwing in theories espoused by one group or another. Let us give our students the ability to learn and expand on their education.

If any religious group wishes to teach their particular dogma to children, they should be doing so at their particular place of worship.

— patom1

Creationism is a matter of faith and does not qualify as a theory. It is not testable, not up for debate. It cannot be incorporated into the public school science curriculum. Not only is it illegal to do so, it is not science. The only possibility would be a philosophy class where positions on creation of all religions worldwide could be considered.

Candidates for public office can believe anything they want, but if elected they had better respect and uphold the teaching of valid science, especially the theory of evolution by natural selection. Faith-based beliefs should not be a hindrance to being governor as long as that person does not exert teaching of these views in the public schools.

— Gopher40

The Bible supports science. Many of the respected scientists of old believed in a creator … no other way to explain the intricacies of all life forms.

Yes, we should have creationism taught in the schools, not as religion but as fact, just as the theory of evolution is taught.

— frenchy3

Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah celebrations, Native American culture, Muslim culture, and African-American culture, among others, are introduced in many grade schools all over Maine. The intention is to create a sense of diversity and acceptance of other cultures, which includes religious beliefs. Unfortunately, Christianity and its celebrations are shunned in favor of others.

If anyone wants to be realistic, what governor (any governor) can dictate what is taught in schools?

— Ginny Ward

Look for a new ClickBack question in Tuesday’s editorial column.

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