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Tennessee Decides It is Not Backward Enough…?

[Ed. Note: This one deserves a note. I’m posting this to spark conversation, but to be clear, I think Russ Baker, whose work I generally admire, is dead wrong on this one. If it’s ‘backwards’ to allow teachers to engage in meaningful conversations with students about global warming, human cloning and other complex issues, then I’m all for this kind of “backwards”. Sadly, I guess maybe Russ doesn’t take issue with the global carbon tax scam either!]

by Russ Baker, Who What Why:

In the beginning, there was light. But then we became dim bulbs.


The other day, I saw two articles highlighted, separately, in the same publication. One mentioned that cases of dementia are destined to grow dramatically in America in coming years. The other explained how the state of Tennessee is intent on making students more stupid.

Tennessee has now passed a law permitting teachers to present students with alternatives to well-known scientific principles. The bill easily passed both houses of the legislature, and the governor let it become law without his signature.

Presumably he realized that he was in a difficult position—but aren’t we all? Louisiana has a similar law, and who knows what state will be next.

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20 comments to Tennessee Decides It is Not Backward Enough…?

  • nomad1420

    What??? They believe the Bible?? The fools… I bet next they will do something really stupid like allowing gold and silver to be used as money! The world is all upside down.

  • stacker

    Small minded artcl.

  • Nathan

    Sean, I’m reporting in from TN, and I’ve heard a little bit about this legislation. I’m less antagonistic toward it, because the opposition, who mostly describe themselves as progressives, say that this would allow teachers to teach that things like manmade global warming, and evolution aren’t scientific fact, but merely beliefs that some hold based on the evidence they give.

    If that’s the true intent of this bill….I say, um, so what’s the problem?

    Since none of us were here when God created the earth in 6 literal days(as I believe), or when fish crawled up out of the sea and turned into more advanced creatures….it’s all faith. Either side. It’s all faith…based on evidence that we give.

    • SGT

      I hear ya! When I post stuff with commentary about God or a Creator I get negative comments, and when I post articles containing alternate views like this one, I get comments. The good news is, I post both. I usually like Russ Baker’s POV, but I’m not nuts about this one. The fact the Russ Baker apparently believes that ‘Global Warming’ and ‘human cloning’ are two topics for which the science is settled and that they are therefore “off limits”, is very troubling. It just goes to show that even those who have dedicated their lives to truth telling ans honest journalism, have blind spots. As I did initially with the Kony 2012 story.

  • Scott Sando

    Unlocking the Mystery of Life DVD- Is life on Earth the product of purely undirected processes like time, chance and natural selection? Or, can the origin and diversity of living organisms be traced to an intelligent cause? Unlocking the Mystery of Life explores these timeless questions and presents compelling evidence to support an idea that could revolutionize scientific thought – the theory of intelligent design. Produced by Illustra Media.

    Well worth a watch

  • Nathan

    This is the other problem with state education: everyone has a different view of the world, and no faction has the right to use force or ALL the funds to instill their view of the world onto everyone else. This is probably single, biggest, moral problem with government education.

    Parents have biases that they want their children to learn. That’s great….so TEACH THOSE BIASES TO THEM YOURSELVES!

    Why is this so difficult to get?

  • Scott Sando

    Been English I have been brought up in a secular enviroment, I don’t know anyone who goes to church, but I would love for both sides of any argument to be taught in school, I see nothing wrong with this statute and I think Russ is getting his knickers in a twist about nothing.
    We couldn’t possibly allow people to see both sides of a argument they’d have to use their own mind for once.

  • nomad1420

    And I’m not suggesting they start having Sunday school in public school… but if the people of a State decide they want to at least mention that ‘creation’ might have happened and that Evolution is not absolute proven science (no matter how ‘good’ a theory), it is NO reason to call a state ‘backwards’.

  • Scott Sando

    There’s a certain amount of gall and hypocrisy when they complain in the past evolutionary theory was band and only the Christian side was aloud, and now they are saying that intelligent design shouldn’t be taught, wow, where’s your head at?

    This isn’t decided yet OK!

  • Scott Sando

    If anyone thinks the deep south is bad in America, They should try living in England.

    This is what its like

  • Amina

    I enjoy this site but the anti-science stuff just kills its credibility. There are a lot of people out there who just plain don’t understand what Science is. To say “it’s all faith. Either side. It’s all faith…based on evidence that we give” reveals a profound misunderstanding of evidence. It tarnishes the compelling story that should be told about Silver and its role in our economy.

    I’m sure I believe some pretty crazy stuff that I shouldn’t talk about at parties. Luckily, my wife keeps me from making a fool of myself by shoving well-timed hors d’oeuvres in my face.

    Please don’t embarrass us with this kind of stuff.

    • SGT

      Amina, I’m curious, which “anti-science” stuff do you find the most embarrassing? Which “anti-science” stuff specifically kills our credibility? Do tell. Because we’ll be sure to try to post more of it for you.

      Is it the Global Warming Carbon Tax issue which the PTB would have you believe is a matter that is “beyond debate” and “settled”? Or perhaps it’s the issue of GMO’s destroying the ecosystem and our food chain? Monsanto has assured the public that “it’s perfectly safe”. BTW, have you SEEN MONSANTO’S crack-pot “science” on GMO’s?? I urge you to look at the REAL scientific data, here:

      Or perhaps your issue is with the government data – or “science” as you put it – which tells us that Fukushima radiation is no big deal?

      Clearly there is more debate necessary in each of these areas, to say nothing of the matter of chem trails, 9/11 nano-thermates or what’s really going on at CERN as “scientists” claim to search for the existence of the “God particle” with the LHC. (There’s that pesky mention of ‘God’ again!)

      You’re not dealing with idiots here. You may do well to open your mind to truth, because I can assure you that the “science” provided to you by the PTB often contains different data than the “science” delivered to you by those searching for the TRUTH.

      • Mohamed

        SGT, I posted under Amina by mistake. Stupid browser has that auto-fill option and my wife must have been the last one on your site. I’m right there with you on GMO and Fukishima. The Gov’t is one of the last places I go for information. I know just enough about climate science to be able to clearly see that the ‘deniers’ are being sold a bill of goods by a very well funded group whose only goal is to create confusion and inaction. It amazes me that these are the exact same people (in some cases) who were claiming that smoking wasn’t a health risk to the bitter end. It just blows me away that some of those people can still buy a microphone.

        Dynamic systems are complicated and its easy to create confusion but the basic elements of AGW are well understood. There really is consensus on the basic facts, that CO2 is a greenhouse gas and we that are releasing millions of years of stored carbon in the geological blink of an eye. No more or less stable system can withstand radical changes in its basic variables of this magnitude without some destabilization. I can’t fathom the motives of those outside the energy industry who continue to deny these basic conclusions. The consequences for burying our heads in the sand may not be apocalyptic, but they certainly won’t be entirely pleasant either.

        • Scott Sando

          Man made global warming theory is just another example in humanities experience of religious thinking.

          They who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire

  • Mohamed

    Whoops, and I guess now we all know who my wife is.

  • g

    I’m all for this. Anytime states can chip away at federal regulation, I would support it. Does this mean I am a Creationist or a Bible-thumper? Not at all. I’m a Libertarian.

    Don’t let the Statists distract you, the struggle is to remove government power over our lives whether it is in schools or anywhere else.

  • nomad1420

    I’m not anti-science… in fact I believe strongly in a christian doctrine known as the gap theory which basically (in a very small nutshell) states that between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 there may have been billions and billions of years of galactic history… BUT I also believe the rest of Genesis literally happened and I also believe that Evolution while perhaps possible (at least some elements in the traditional theory are quite possible) the thoery as a whole simply canNOT be absolutely proven. There are a few legit scientists now backing away from the pure Darwinian concept by claiming such notions as alien planted DNA. To me that proves that even the evolutionists as a whole do not see the theory as absolutely accurate, nor could they and still be called scientists.

  • Vanessa

    Backwards? It’s backwards to allow the free discussion of ideas? Only a statist would claim such a thing! This is the problem with public schools as I’ve been saying. They don’t want critical thinking, they want to tell you what to think, and you should just shut up if you don’t like it!
    By the way, Tennessee is home to authors, artists, poets, scientists and engineers. We have the world’s largest fresh water aquarium, Oakridge nuclear power lab, museums, zoos, galleries and all the Starbucks you care to drink.
    Perhaps your problem, Mr. Baker, is that you are angry that we don’t believe you are more highly evolved than others? It’s been my experience that athiests have a God complex and would themselves like to be held in awe.

  • Vanessa

    If you’d like proof from the horses’ mouths, watch my son’s video.

  • Brandt Hardin

    This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.

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