Biology textbook calls creationism myth; father wants honesty banned

An honors textbook being used at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee refers to creationism as such:

Creationism: the biblical myth that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian God in 7 days.

That’s a pretty fair definition. The only possible problem could be that there are a number of other creationist myths. Check that – the only possible legitimate problem. Creationists, of course, will have other issues.

[Father of a Farragut High School student, Kurt] Zimmermann said the use of the word “myth” could “mislead, belittle and discourage students in believing in creationism and pointedly calls the Bible a myth.”

I would hope so. The Bible has no evidence for anything not trivial, nevermind creationism. Why would anyone want to believe in a haphazard, internally inconsistent piece of violent rubbish that has no connection to reality? It involves magic, talking snakes, incorrectly describes the Universe, and for some strange reason has some tyrant claiming to be three individuals while he’s really one and one aspect of his personality disorder is that of a Jew zombie. It’s ridiculous.

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4 Responses

  1. It would be wrong to call the genesis creation story anything other than mythology. From wikipedia:

    The term “myth” is often used colloquially to refer to a false story; however, the academic use of the term generally does not pass judgment on its truth or falsity. In the study of folklore, a myth is a religious narrative explaining how the world and humankind came to be in their present form. [emphasis added]

    Again anti-intellectualism is rearing its ugly head…

  2. The article does go on to note that a committee member who will be reviewing the issue did raise that as the definition being used.

  3. Though I rather prefer the assumed definition in this instance.

  4. Saw the guy on Fox News, he was going on about how people were forgetting to use critical thinking. I think he mistook critical as in judgemental for critical as in vital.

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