NEW BILL IN MONTANA WOULD BAN THE TEACHING OF ALL SCIENTIFIC THEORY IN SCHOOLS
Well, the conservative movement has evolved into quite the anti-science monster these days. Some of that statement could be construed as opinion. Monster is a qualitative construct, to be sure. But it’s a fact that American conservatives these days are indeed anti-science. And it’s a fact that the degree to which that is true has been a process of political evolution. But speaking of evolution, that’s actually what we are talking about. Some of these conservatives find that their idea of an exclusively Christian America can’t ever be realized with the theory of evolution taught in American schools. So now, there’s a bill in Montana to get rid of it by fiat as it would end the teaching of all scientific theory!
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TARGETING SCIENTIFIC THEORY WOULD, OF COURSE, INCLUDE THE TEACHING OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
The Montana Senate Bill 235 has been introduced by Freshman Senator Daniel Emrich (R, of course). The bill says, “The trustees of a school district shall ensure that science curriculum and instructional materials, including textbooks, used in the district include only scientific fact.” As you might imagine, this has some people concerned. So far, over 20 people have testified against the bill’s passage. Besides the theory of evolution, the bill would also ban the teaching of gravitational theory and cell theory in Montana schools. But Emrich thinks this is a solid idea, and explained his far-right Christian logic with, “If we operate on the assumption that a theory is fact, unfortunately, it leads us to asking questions that may be potentially based on false assumptions.”
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ANY SCIENTIFIC THEORY IS BASED ON FACTUAL EVIDENCE, NOT WHAT CONSERVATIVES CALL ASSUMPTIONS
But, well, that logic is pretty far reaching and disingenuous. One might even say it borders on breaking one of the Ten Commandments. Because these scientific theories aren’t built on assumptions. They’re built on very well-substantiated explanations founded on large bodies of factual evidence. Consider that this example of a Montana State Senator attempting to ban the teaching of scientific theory to be some factual evidence that helps explain the theory that the Republican Party is shrinking into a reactionary minority in a corner, which makes it increasingly dangerous.