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I'm not saying that you can't be religious and attend/work at a public school. Studying religions in a social/religious studies type of class is fine, in my opinion. Teachers should not (and as far as I'm aware, are not allowed to) use their positions of power to proselytize for their beliefs/churches/whatever to their students. So let's just keep it where it needs to stay, okay?

On the topic of creationism being taught in public schools: No. It doesn't belong. If you can't give valid scientific evidence that doesn't rely on the bible, then it has no place in public schools. Teach it all you want in private schools, but as I said above, keep religion OUT of PUBLIC schools, specifically in Science classes.

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Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I think that is a terrible idea. I think we should have the choice to talk about Christianity, Atheism, Buddhism, Judaism, or whatever we want to in schools. Besides, because of the mere mention of Christianity, I got sent to detention. I wasn't even the one that mentioned it!
Undead-Purdy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Y'know what I funny funny? 

Religion is a basic part of education; yet people don't want their kids to be taught that LGBT+ is perfectly okay then they wonder why their kids grow up homophobes\ transphobes.

If kids are taught that religion is okay then they should be taught that being LGBT+ is okay. No LGBT+ education should also = no religious education in my opinion
Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
It doesn't always happen. I used to be a Christian (I kind of still am in a way) and I am pansexual. Nobody seems to mind, and so far I never said anything homophobic nor has anyone tried to kill me, abuse me, or force me to become heterosexual.
Undead-Purdy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's completely unrelated to what I just said 
Jangofettlover Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think mainly it's a problem with the older teachers. For instance my Freshman year of High School I had an old Earth Science teacher who would ''not mean to get biblical with it but...'' once in a while.

Which shocks me even more because he taught Chemistry too. Well, maybe I shouldn't be shocked, my grandfather taught Chemistry and he's a mellow Methodist.

For the most part they seem make an effort by telling the teachers not to do that, but it still happens behind closed doors. Not everyone is religious, including myself. It's human nature to have differences and attack those differences. It's in our nature to blend in with the crowd, and attack those out of the crowd to further place ourselves in our own crowd and feel accepted.

Which is why I love staying out of them. When you're out of a lot of other human activity/stupidity/messes/unfairness and think for yourself, you can see the world in an amazing way.
YourSaviorGale-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that in history class, they should tell the students the religion of whatever country they're learning about. Maybe even explain it a bit. However, teachers and staff should not use their personal religion against students.
new-blader Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally someone agrees with me
Private School i think its OK. But personally, public schools? People came from different backgrounds and religion is a personal thing, and seems really unfair if it has to do in public school. It should be taught in Mosques, Churches, or any religious places. The government or chairman should knew theres people born on different religion backgrounds since it was a public school 
DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Religion is an important part of human history and culture, and therefore all students should learn about it (including creationism). But in an objective way, of course, and not just Christianity, but also Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
CorruptTempest Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Then they can go to a school of religion if they need to learn about it.
As for skills that you actually use in life, like math, science, language arts, and reading, that is what public schools are for.
Last time I checked religion is not required to live a productive life, obtain a job, and keep a career.
DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
But religion is, as I said, an important part of human history and culture that students need to learn about.
And education is not just about usability, but also just knowledge in general.

Why is it so wrong to teach religion in schools if done objectively?
quixoticala Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  New Deviant Student Writer
I wouldn't mind people teaching me about religion. The problem is, when they start teaching, they often attempt converting me. And as an atheist, I don't stand for that bullshit.
SPiCa-Senpai Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Teaching about religion =/= teaching religion. What you're speaking of is teaching ABOUT religion, not teaching religion. Teaching religion is stuff like sermons, while teaching ABOUT religion is teaching about religions that were important in world history (like teaching about the crusades or the Spanish Inquisition) and/or teaching about the core beliefs of those religions.
the-penmans-mind Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2014  Student
Ever since prayer was taken out of our schools  (1963) young girl pregnancies ( ages 10-14) went up 553% divorce rates went up 300% EACH YEAR for 15 years, violence has increased by 554% and in 1963 when prayer was removed, there was only 1000 christain private schools now it has increased To 32000 and then nations top scholars are three times more likely to come from a private religious school. While the public schools SAT scores declined for eighteen years straight. 
Not that I believe that christains should force this religion upon others, but I believe that (and I agreeing) America is declining, and this is one of the reasons why. I am a christain and an American, and I believe we should keep prayer in school. And that bashing any religion, is not going to solve this case…
^ statistics came from here 
cookieeatspenguins Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Even though i have a belief , my religion teachers keep cramming about how other religions are bad.
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We've learned about the Big Bang in Religious Education at school for some reason. LOL.
German education ftw!

But anyway... Religion shouldn't be taken too serious.
It is just mythology and should give some people hope.
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This statement is fact in today's world.
Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I an actually OK with it being taught, if they could include all faiths instead of narrow it down to the "Big once" , I do not need to learned 4 different versions of Christianity , or read 4 different bibles which say the same stuff or add some things.
I am open for religious freedom and saying that faith should not be allowed somewhere sort of robs people of that freedom. Creationism is not something that should be taught. My teacher kept telling us that  religious tales of other faiths was just fairy-tales and not fact, but kept calling the Bible fact.

The Bible is as reliable as Wikipedia, some things are true.. but most of it is not true.

I do respect all faiths, this is just my view.
Shuriken123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist
ChaoticDarkAngel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Writer

I agree. I believe in God but I don't think a public school is an appropiate place to teach it. Churches and such should be the only place to teach about Christianity or whatever. I mean not everyone on Earth is a Christian or a religious person in general and we need to accept that fact, even if some of us may not like it.



Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as kids aren't forced to be taught religion, things are fine. If there's a plaque that mentions religion or God, then whoever doesn't like it can suck an egg. It's not hurting anybody. 
Drunkenwhaler0313 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*whispers* you'll wake up the ghetto kids
crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I think it depends on how it;s taught. If it's taught as world history then as long as you keep a third party tone on it Seems okay to me.
GhostOfAnIdiot Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013   Artist
I agree. If they're being taught religion as a cultural thing, then yes, but also include other religions from around the world. If they're being taught religion for the sake of conversion, then no.
DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ohhhh this is like two years old, but I just wanted to say that all major religions are taught to high school students at least to some degree, in their Human Geography and World History classes. 
crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Or just to brainwash kids then ABSOLUTELY NOT.
GhostOfAnIdiot Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013   Artist
I agree! XD
Tired064 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If Religion is kept out of Public schools, then so should Evolution.

But honestly, since people of different beliefs attend public schools, I think teaching both Religion and Evolution should be electives.

You know? So people can choose.
Destrauxe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why should evolution be kept out of schools? Evolution is not a belief, or an idea. It's science, and saying evolution should be kept out of schools would cut a very large part of what we learn out.
Tired064 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never said it should be kept out of schools.
I just think it should be an elective.

It's my personal opinion.
Where you got the idea that I said it should be kept out of schools... I have no idea.
Destrauxe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...What? That's exactly what you said.

"If Religion is kept out of Public schools, then so should Evolution." Straight from your post.
Tired064 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Notice the word "IF"?

I simply think Religion should be available as an "elective".

Of course no one should be "forced" to study religion.
Destrauxe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You still aren't making much sense. You're contradicting yourself. ;)
Tired064 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOW am I contradicting myself?

I contradict myself on many things... but this time I'm just left confused.

I do consider myself one of those people who would ask myself "Where am I ever going to use this?"

It's not just THIS specific topic. I think force teaching Algebra doesn't have a point either.

Now back to contradicting myself, what I wrote clearly says that I think both "evolution" and "religion" should be taught as electives. I didn't contradict myself. I wrote that in there.
GhostOfAnIdiot Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013   Artist
We're a country with the freedom of religion. Evolution has nothing to do with religion.
Tired064 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never said it did...
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Evolution has repeatedly been shown to be the very most likely explanation we have for how life as we know it came to be. It has evidence to support it and has been observed repeatedly. Creationism on the other hand, has not. Should people get to choose whether or not 1+1=2 in their maths class? What about history, should people get to choose who really won the American revolutionary war? Or should we teach what we know to be the truth?
Tired064 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But you see, evolution isn't proven "fact".
It's a theory.
It's disrespectful to make religious individuals study evolution.
I don't believe in most teachings of evolution.

I know there are religious schools.. but not only do those cost money... but it's wrong to force religious people to go to a private school.
Public school should have something for everyone. You know? Open to the public and "free".

So what I'm saying is...
Not everyone believes evolution is fact.
IN MY OPINION... it requires more faith to believe that we evolved from completely different species and such then to believe in God.

I can respect what other believe to be fact... but making others study evolution is pushing the theory on them. That's why I think it should be an elective.
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know this is an old comment, but having gone to a Christian private school for grades 1-12 and still being a Christian now, I have two cents to toss.

You are basically proposing that you have the option to stay within a religious bubble regardless of your education suffering. That's dangerous and it will get you trampled. You can personally believe it's not true, but you still need to learn what it is and how it works so you'll be educated in your opinions.

You are saying a lot of things here that are tailored to fit the comfort of someone with your beliefs, and your beliefs only. You aren't framing it from a non-Christian view, and that is short-sighted. You contradict yourself a few times here, too.

"But you see, evolution isn't proven "fact".

And neither is Creationism or even the Bible in general. As far as everyone else is concerned, it's just a book. It holds just as much credibility to non-Christians as the Koran does to you. If evolution shouldn't be studied by everyone because it "isn't proven fact", Creationism shouldn't, either.

Creationism belongs in theology studies or, in the case of how it was presented when I was in college, anthropology. It was included in a class that was focued on the creation/origin stories of many different cultures and religions, Christianity included. It's good to be educated in beliefs that differ from your own.

"It's disrespectful to make religious individuals study evolution."

And it ISN'T disrespectful to force everyone to study Creationism even though it's a Christian doctrine with no science behind it whatsoever? Or are you just saying public schools should be structured around Christian respect?

Studying Evolution is part of studying science/biology and having a well-rounded education. Even in the Christian school I attended we were taught about evolution in biology. It was presented after the Creationism chapter as "another theory".

If you only study the things that make you comfortable in your religious bubble, you're going to be poorly educated and ignorant as an adult.

"I don't believe in most teachings of evolution."

That doesn't matter. You can't choose to study only the things you personally believe, and that reaches beyond theological subjects.

Have you ever considered that God may have used evolution as an extension of creation? Not on human beings, but in all other things? Scripture doesn't specifically say how God created everything, nor does it specify that each "day" was 24 hours. Do you honestly think God would be constrained by our little human standards of time? A day could be a thousand lifetimes or five minutes.

"it's wrong to force religious people to go to a private school. Public school should have something for everyone. You know? Open to the public and "free"."

The separation of church and state contained within the Constitution extends to public schools. They are funded by the government/tax dollars, so they are considered part of the state. Religion has no place outside of classes centered on theology.

"Something for everyone"... so you would study Islam, Hinduism, Wicca, Paganism, Shintoism, Judaism, etc., too? Their holy texts, creation stories, codes of conduct, etc? Based on your previous statements, no. That would fall under "It's disrespectful to make religious individuals study evolution". That is, unless you are again saying something broad but actually meaning "for Christians".

"Not everyone believes evolution is fact."

That doesn't mean jack. If you don't think you need to study evolution solely because you don't believe in it, public schools aren't structured around Christians. They are structured to keep religion out of everything in order to be in line with the Constitution and everyone's religious freedom.

If you don't think you should study evolution simply because you don't believe in it, what's to keep Johnny in Mrs. Anthony's class from declaring he doesn't believe the Holocaust happened, thus he shouldn't study World War II? You need to think about how these things would effect EVERYONE in the public school system, not just you and Christians.

"... it requires more faith to believe that we evolved from completely different species and such then to believe in God."

And once again you are thinking and speaking purely from a Christian perspective and completely ignoring other viewpoints and religions. Step outside of yourself.

It absolutely does NOT take more faith to believe we evolved from another existing species than to believe we came from dirt because a supreme being flicked His wrist and said "let it be so". If you aren't a Christian, aren't religious, or are very scientifically-minded, you aren't going to find God easier to believe in. For those people, God is akin to saying "just because" as an explanation of why things happened.

Faith has NO place in science. Theology, yes. Science, no.

Your education shouldn't be based on your own opinions. There is actual evidence to support evolution, which is why the theory exists in the first place. On the other hand, there is no evidence to support the notion that the Christian God exists. Christians take certain things as evidence for the existence of God because of faith, just as every religion believes in the existence of their deities because of faith.

Basically, you need to remove your religion from your education and step outside of yourself when thinking about things. In order for any of your opinions to be considered "educated", you need to learn about both sides of the issue, not just yours. And that's for everything, not just evolution.
Tired064 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did prove some really good points here, but it would've been better if you took what I said the right way. There's nothing wrong with stepping out of the religious bubble. I do it so often that I feel guilty and don't know my path in life.

I never said that Creationism was proven "fact". It's a theory like Evolution. I think BOTH should be labeled as "electives". And who knows? Maybe some Christians would choose to study evolution if that was the case.

I said that I don't believe in MOST teachings of evolution. I still think some facts are put into it. I just don't believe in the entire theory itself.

I personally don't think Christians should be forced to study evolution. And I make it even. People shouldn't be forced to study religion either. As I said. "Electives".

And when I said that it requires more faith to believe we evolved, that was my opinion. I'm respecting that non-religious people think differently.
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That puts evolution on the same level as religion and it absolutely isn't. Evolution has nothing to do with religious beliefs, so it shouldn't be an elective at a public school. I'll say it again: separation of church and state. You're not considering how far something like that would escalate if you didn't have to study something just because your religion says something different. Studying something isn't the same as believing in it, and I direct you to my last paragraph again. You need to be educated about both sides of any issue you're going to hold a strong opinion about. Avoiding something academically because its different from what you think or believe will only lead to ignorance as an adult.

If my strict Christian school had us study evolution in order to be educated about it, you can deal with it too. Not a SINGLE PERSON in that school ever objected to it in the years I was there. Being educated isn't an affront to religion, and seeing it as that is dangerous. Why you would feel guilty about stepping outside of your religious bubble to get some academic fresh air is beyond me. Jesus certainly didn't stay in one -- he purposely stayed away from it.
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In science, "theory" does not mean the same thing as it does in casual conversation. So yes, evolution is a theory. Just like Newton's theories of gravity and on the motion of the planets, and Einstein's theory of relativity. And the germ theory of disease, the cell theory of organisms, plate tectonics (theory of the motion of land masses) the valence theory of chemical compounds. All things that I'm sure you *do* believe in and wouldn't object to.

When it comes down to it, the truthfulness of something does not care whether or not you believe in it or not. It is either true or it is not true. It would be intellectually dishonest to teach anything other than what we know to be the truth regarding evolution.

That all said, what makes you think that you're right? Do you have evidence that Creationism is true, or at least more provable than evolution? Or are you just disbelieving in evolution because it makes you uncomfortable, or challenges your personal beliefs?
Tired064 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't believe evolution is fact simply because of my religious beliefs.
And yes, there's nothing wrong with challenging what I believe by heart.

It's not because I grew up this way (even though I did).
I put thought into it.
My religion isn't about proof, it's about faith.
And yes, what I believe does have it's evidence.. while it can't be proven fact.

An example is the existence of Bible prophecy.
I know it's dumb to say "I believe this only because a book says so!"
I'm not once of those people. One reason being, I can think for myself. Another reason being, The Bible is taken out of it's context way to often. No Christian has every detail 100% accurate. Just like science doesn't have every detail 100% accurate. If it did, so many theories wouldn't come up just to bash previous theories.

As for Prophecy, many prophecies of the Bible have happened and match up with the time they should happen. I believe we're in our last days (but I know I can't make you believe. As I said, I can show respect for what you think is truth).
And yes, I believe a lot of science is accurate. I think Science can have a connection with religion... depending on the topic.

And I never said I never had doubt about the Bible. I still have doubt about some details in the new testament of the Bible. Some things just go unexplained.
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope? What do you mean nope? Nope, you're not going to believe what I've said about scientific theories?

"I don't believe evolution is fact simply because of my religious beliefs."
So because you believe things to be a certain way, everyone else is automatically wrong and we should never ever ever offend people by trying to teach them about theories which we have evidence to support? I'm sorry, but life does not work like that.

"My religion isn't about proof, it's about faith."
That's all well and good for you, but science is about evidence. And we have a responsibility to teach what we have evidence for in science classes. And there is evidence for evolution.

On prophecy
The Bible prophesied that Egypt would be destroyed, that the Nile would dry up, that the king of Judah would not be harmed by his enemies, that Egyptians would speak in the dead language of Canaan, that Israel would live in peace with its neighbors, that the Davidic line would endure forever, and more. None of those came to pass. Plenty of other people have prophesied things that failed in the past, too. Montanus, the many prophecies of the Jehovah's Witnesses, Nostradamus, the list goes on and on and on.

I have a few questions.

1) Can you explain to me what evolution is in your own words? What does it mean when someone says that humans evolved?

2) What reason do you have to believe that biologists, paleontologists, geologists, geneticists, anthropologists, and molecular biologists are all wrong about it?

3) Name one real-life, nonreligious instance in which faith/gut feelings about a situation have ever been more valuable than observation and evidence.
Tired064 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sorry I didn't make it clear enough.
When I said "nope", I meant that I don't believe evolution is fact... but not because it makes me feel uncomfortable and challenges what I believe.

As I said, nothing wrong with a challenge on one's faith.
I'll say one guilty confession though, for a Seventh-Day Adventist, I'm not good at my own religion. It's not faith that's hard to me, it's commitment.

I can't say your wrong because I don't have proof. I never said my faith makes anyone wrong. I believe by heart that my faith is correct, but I wouldn't poor that on you. If you think evolution is truthful, then I can respect that. But we are debating, so of course I'm sticking up for my own beliefs.

Also, I even brought up that religion does have it's an amount of evidence.
As for prophecy, I said some have came, but I didn't say all of them did. I believe the others will arrive some time in the future. The world hasn't ended yet. There's still time for the arrival of others.

And yes, I'll try defining evolution. Evolution is the theory of how humans came to be. The theory explains that we evolved from different species other than our own.

Remember, that's just in my own words.
When someone says humans evolved, I believe they mean "changed over time from how we originally came to be". And evolution teaches than we came from other species... as I mentioned before.

Biologists and others are probably right about lots of things. They've done lots of research, and many might support evolution. What I believe, is that the evidence is from parts of History that these people just got wrong. They may have evidence to put pieces of the puzzle together that may "seem" accurate, but are actually not. It's like how other theories have been made and proven false. But I do understand that this is a big one, and may never be proven false.

I admit, the last one's a tough one.. since you said "nonreligious". I'll tell you something, religion and spirituality are not the same. A person can have some faith without religion. Christianity is just based around the faith, and has some evidence of it's own. I did come up with something, but it's a personal topic.

Faith and hope can save a person's life.
It's not easy at times, but in many cases, faith that things get better. That rainbows come after storms pass... have prevented suicide. It doesn't need to be religious, and it does take more the faith. But it's hard to move on and hard to try your best when you don't have the hope/faith. Even though evidence (which is other's experiences) are important, it doesn't help people who are currently in the situation.
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That’s okay, you know how it is with the internet, sort of difficult to pick up what people mean at times. :) This’ll be a somewhat lengthy response, apologies in advance.

On Prophecy:

I understand I can’t dissuade you from believing that the world is going to end, as it’s pretty much the main part of your religion. But it’s important to look at all the other “prophecies” that have come to pass, that didn’t happen. I’m going to use an example here: The May 21, 2001 prediction of Judgement Day that was made by the Family Radio group in Oakland California.

The folks at Family Radio predicted that the world was going to end on May 21st, with the old man running it, Harold Camping, predicting “a big earthquake that will make the one in Japan seem like a Sunday school picnic” as what would happen when God decided to start destroying the world.

Now, of course this didn’t come to be. But did that dissuade Harold Camping? No, it did not. Instead, he moved his date forward, to October 21st, 2012. And that date came to pass, and still, nothing. People can make predictions, and the predictions can be somewhat fulfilled, or can be unfulfilled time and time again, but the people will continue to believe in them. Why is this?

Confirmation Bias is a tendency of people to favour information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses, meaning that people can (and often do) ignore the evidence that challenges what they believe. It’s why so many people still believe in doomsday predictions when all the previous ones have failed, and why people do things like believing that vaccines cause autism, or why some people listen to Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly exclusively, or others to Rachel Maddow and Piers Morgan. It’s easier to hold on to information that agrees with your worldview than it is to face things that don’t agree with it. And no, I’m not immune to it, either. We all do it, it’s just part of being human.

When we notice it, though, that’s when we have the choice to do something about it. A person who sticks to only one side of the media could choose to be more openminded and try to find more neutral or even opposing news sources. A person who believes in doomsday predictions might choose to really think, what reason is there to believe in doomsday predictions if none of them have come true in the past? Is it really worth wasting time out of my life worrying or hoping that it’s going to end soon? Should I really be taking it “on faith” just because someone who is routinely wrong was randomly right once in the past?

That’s just something to think about, I’ll share a couple of links at the bottom if you’re interested in learning some more about it, but if not that’s okay, no hard feelings. :)

On evolution:

If you don’t mind me asking, which parts of history do you think disprove human evolution? How is evolution like a puzzle that “seems” accurate but is not?

Theories have been made and disproven in the past, but that’s because it’s in the nature of science to refine our explanations of things until we arrive at the most likely solution judging from evidence, tests, and observation.

Have you ever had a vaccination against the flu, or something else? If so, you have an understanding of biological evolution to thank. If we did not understand how evolution works, then we wouldn’t be able to address the constantly changing nature of disease (how do you think drug-resistant bacteria came to be? They evolved to adapt.) If we didn’t understand evolution and natural selection, we wouldn’t understand biology.

That is the reason why it’s necessary for us to teach evolution in schools. If we don’t understand evolution, then we don’t understand biology. And if we don’t understand biology, we’re doing a great disservice to our nation, because we’d be raising a generation of children who would have no understanding of basic science, and our education and health would suffer for it.

On Faith:

I have absolutely no doubt in the power of faith. I bet that sounds weird coming from an atheist. I believe that what you believe is absolutely real to you, or any of the other faithful people out there. But that’s just the thing – it’s real to you, not necessarily to everyone else. There is a scientific explanation for many things (like the rainbow after the storm – Wikipedia: How Rainbows are Formed), but if you believe absolutely with all your heart that god sent you that rainbow, there’s nothing I can say that will change your mind.

It’s just important to remember that faith is a personal thing that is only meaningful to people who are faithful. Science, however, is something that applies to everyone, even those who disagree with it. We evolved, there is evidence that confirms it (University of California: Berkeley - What is the evidence for evolution?), and even if it doesn’t send the same feel-good feelings up and down a person’s spine as the thought of a supreme deity lovingly creating them from dust or whichever creation myth they adhere to, it doesn’t mean that evolution is false.


:bulletpink: "Superstition" - QualiaSoup (Youtube)

:bulletblue: Confirmation Bias (Wikipedia)

:bulletpink:What is Evolution? - Stated Clearly (Youtube)

:bulletblue:Facts about Human Evolution - SciShow (Youtube)

:bulletpink:University of California: Berkeley - Understanding Evolution Resource Library
monkeybull779 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
the only thing that i would think could potentialy be good about religion classes is teaching about those religions and their cultures. in hopes to end cultural and religious ignorance. this is coming from an Atheist. i don't mind learning about the cultural influences of religion, i would find it fascinating.
Sykteify Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
ugh! I know! My religion teacher is a psycho over the fact I'm athiest
Vyanni-Krace-ACE Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My school teaches religion. It as to be because the law says so. -_- Even if you don't pick RS as an option you're still forced to take a half-course on it. _...
MARscianimefiVEL Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
my school doesnt teach religion, but since religion is part of history we do have to know the diferent types and like what each important persons religion was and how it affected them, etc.

we actually have a bible club just for religious people.
Yara-V Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree, it's the reason i went to public school in the first place :D if i want to listen to people talking about their religion i would've gone to a religious school :meow:
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