Aug. 1st, 2005
Sun stops for Jesus  
August 1, 2005
Bible Course Becomes a Test for Public Schools in Texas

HOUSTON, July 31 - When the school board in Odessa, the West Texas oil town, voted unanimously in April to add an elective Bible study course to the 2006 high school curriculum, some parents dropped to their knees in prayerful thanks that God would be returned to the classroom, while others assailed it as an effort to instill religious training in the public schools.

...a growing chorus of critics says the course, taught by local teachers trained by the council, conceals a religious agenda. The critics say it ignores evolution in favor of creationism and gives credence to dubious assertions that the Constitution is based on the Scriptures, and that "documented research through NASA" backs the biblical account of the sun standing still.
Source: NY Times

sun... stands... still...??? no evolution?! !


*head explodes*
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Mood: dumbfounded
Listening to: Smile Empty Soul - Nowhere Kids
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billyboy15 on August 1st, 2005 - 10:27 pm
I'm high and have no words for you.

(clearly the fact that I'm high all the time again means I got another huge stash for free lolol)
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allamericanjock on August 2nd, 2005 - 12:33 am
Wait.... the Bible says the sun stands still?

I don't remember that part... what part of the Bible says that the sun stands still?
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machmed on August 2nd, 2005 - 12:34 am
Yes, and all those dinosaur fossils we've found are really just giant iguana bones.
Ugh, give me a break.
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Bobbyshouldvesmiled on August 2nd, 2005 - 05:13 am
This is pretty funny landover baptist! (it's all satire)
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Bobbyshouldvesmiled on August 2nd, 2005 - 05:11 am
Well, in a manner of speaking, it is the sun that stands still because the sun is only moving from our perspective because of the earth's rotation. Of course, the whole solar system is moving about a million miles every day because the universe is expanding (and the speed of its expansion is increasing) so it's all a moot point anyway.

The article doesn't make clear if this class is being paid for with public funds. If the religious council is paying the teachers and for the class then they could maybe get away with it. If not, it's clearly illegal because it would be tantamount to government endorsement of Christianity, since public funds would be supporting a class whose sole purpose is to instill that religion and excludes others.

I'm doing my masters thesis on resurgent fundamentalist Christianity in the early 1950s. This sort of thing is cyclical. They're have been dozens of reivals/religious awakenings and the United States is still not a Christian theocracy so I wouldn't be too concerned over this. Eventually these people will fade away and they'll be replaced by new fundies with the same complaints boxed in new rhetoric.

Btw, I friended you. I'd appreciate it if you'd friend me back. Thanks!
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Donothannosfosinned on August 2nd, 2005 - 05:36 am
things like this make me remember why I still love America, crazy though it is. Japan is it`s own special beast, and I`m having some severe trouble here dealing with this non-standard layout...
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