Crazy creationist Carson could shape US education policy
Amidst widespread rioting across America following Trump’s victory, the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned that Dr Ben Carson, above, could well be appointed the US’s next Secretary of Education as he is on a short-list of just two.
Writing for Patheos, staff attorney for the FFRF Andrew L Seidel pointed out that:
Carson is a man who thinks that Joseph, a character from the Bible, ‘built the pyramids to store grain’. This is a man who believes that evolution ‘was encouraged by the adversary’. The ‘adversary’ referred to here is the devil, also a character from the Bible.
Those are two important ‘facts’ derived from the book of fairy tales upon which Carson bases his life. But Carson’s anti-education, pro-religious-myth views don’t end there.
He thinks that ‘highfalutin scientists’ came up with the Big Bang, which he thinks is ‘even more ridiculous’ than the old trope of a hurricane going through a junkyard and building a 747.
And he has claimed that ‘ultimately, if you accept the evolutionary theory, you dismiss ethics, you don’t have to abide by a set of moral codes, you determine your own conscience based on your own desires.
Ben Carson is for a vast expansion of vouchers, claiming that ‘the best education is homeschool, the next is private schools’. He has called public schools ‘the best propaganda system in the world’.
The common thread here is Carson putting his religion-addled worldview above facts and the mountains (pyramids?) of evidence that support those facts.
If he’s given control of our nation’s education system, FFRF has little doubt that Carson will abuse it. He will abuse a public office that belongs to We the People to foist his personal religion on other people’s children. But before accepting this appointment, Carson should know that FFRF is going to pummel him with the First Amendment.
Carson by himself isn’t the only problem, though. More alarmingly, his appointment will be seen as a signal by many teachers that religion in public schools is now acceptable.
And Seidel vowed:
FFRF is going to continue protecting our public schools from vouchers that bankrupt a secular system and give money to unregulated, ineffective religious schools.
We will stand between non-religious families and the religious bullies that threaten them.
We are going to take on any teacher that chastises a student for opting out of the godly Pledge.
We will preserve the teaching of evolution and rain down lawsuits on schools that insist on preaching creationism.
We are going to expel the Gideons – those predatory adults who want to give children books that promise eternal torture – from our public schools.
We are going to plague teachers and coaches who think preaching to and praying with a captive audience is their Christian right.
FFRF is going to keep our schools secular. We are going to defend the Wall of Separation. We hope you’ll join us.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that in the 24 hours after Trump became President-elect, people flocked to donate to the ACLU – a national legal organisation known for suing the government to block racially biased laws and advocate for free speech.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s donation website crashed under a crush of visitors Wednesday morning, ACLU spokesperson Gabriela Melendez said.
By Thursday morning, she added, the group reached a record for online donations in that timeframe: $2.4 million from 38,626 contributions.
The surge was an over 7,000% increase to our donate link.
The group shared internal records indicating the site went down.
It’s hard to say how long it was down for and we’re trying to pull dollars and gift numbers. Our system is extremely overwhelmed with all of the hits we’re getting.