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Santorum: Evolution Promotes Atheism, Creationism Is “Academic Freedom”

by David Badash on February 22, 2012

in Civil Rights,Education,News,Politics,Religion

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Former Senator Rick Santorum in 2008 told the audience at a religious forum how he supposedly managed to get an amendment into No Child Left Behind that stipulates teachers must be allowed to teach both evolution — or, “intelligent design,” — and creationism to ensure “academic freedom.” (The factual basis of this claim is dubious and has yet to be investigated.) Santorum participated in a question and answer forum titled “The Press & People of Faith in Politics,” hosted by the Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life. During the forum, Santorum said that the teaching of evolution is used to promote atheism.

(At that same forum, Santorum called the Democratic Party the party of sex, a party that preyed on lust, and the party of Woodstock, which he called “the great American orgy.”)

Santorum told the audience that “what’s taught in our school system as a result of liberal academia, is evolution is an incontrovertible fact. There is no suspicion of it. It is decided science that cannot be questioned. There cannot be any doubts about it. If you have any questions or doubts, it’s trying to inject religion into the science classroom. So it is above reproach.”

Note: via Wikipedia:

Biologists agree that descent with modification [evolution] is one of the most reliably established facts in science.

“I obviously don’t feel that way. I think there are a lot of problems with the theory of evolution, and do believe that it is used to promote to a worldview that is anti-theist, that is atheist.”

“I said my amendment is about life. It’s about teaching the origins of life, and that you should have academic freedom in the classroom when you’re teaching about life.”

Sex is a means, evolution is a means. And the aim is a secular world. It’s a, my opinion, a hedonistic, self-focused world, that is in my opinion anti-American.

“You’re a liberal or a conservative in America if you think the 60s were a good thing or not. If the 60s was a good thing, you’re Left. If you think it was a bad thing, you’re Right.

“And the confusing thing for a lot of people that gets a lot of Americans is, when they think of the 60s, they don’t think of just the sexual revolution. But somehow or other — and they’ve been very, very, clever at doing this — they’ve been able to link, I think absolutely incorrectly, the sexual revolution with civil rights.

“As if somehow or another, they came together. When of course, the civil rights movement was a religious-based movement that had nothing to do with the sexual revolution. But they happened at the same time, when you say the 60s was a bad thing, they say ‘You’re a bigot. You’re against civil rights.’ So you have to be very careful. And the Left has used that coterminous revolution, if you will, as a way to protect themselves.”

For the record, teaching something because you want it to be true doesn’t make it true. That’s not teaching, that’s indoctrination.

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AmericanFellows February 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

santorum is a nut case tea partier, SOOOO easy for President Obama to knock him off like the pitiful pawn he is this november

AnimatedCorset February 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

“It’s about teaching the origins of life, and that you should have academic freedom in the classroom when you’re teaching about life.”

Teachers do have academic freedom… within the boundaries of intellectual honesty and when adhering to the disciplines of their respected subject (e.g. the scientific method for science).

There is nothing “academic” about granting teachers the freedom to drift outside the disciplines of science—to enable them to introduce unscientific ideas into the classroom. Indeed, it is inherently anti-academic to suggest such a thing. And promoting such an idea is nothing short of wilfully retarding the scientific understanding of millions of Americans.

willfraser1 February 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

This is the standard non scientific argument the Christian right keeps putting out there.
Rick , if you have some data to support your ideas that the main body of modern science is
inferior logically to the creationism universe of religious writings, please, publish your work in a peer reviewed scientific journal. Calling scientist non Christian is exactly what Jesus Christ would not have done.
William Fraser
Oil and Gas Geoscientist
Dallas Texas

PhillyChief February 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

SANTORUM'S WORLD
Freedom = having the choice to teach religion instead of science
Freedom = not having the choice to have any say over your reproductive rights
Freedom = no abortions
Freedom = Mrs. Santorum can have an abortion
Freedom = Christians can't have beliefs imposed upon them
Freedom = Christians free to impose their beliefs on others

psuedok February 23, 2012 at 4:00 am

This guy is nonstop with his ignorance. I wonder how he got so far. There can not be this many people that think like him.

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Stargazer711 August 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Uh, Rick, let's leave the religious doctrine at church and teach SCIENCE in science classes. Evolution is the accepted mechanism by which the species we see today came to be. "Creation Science" and "Intelligent Design" are both just biblical creationism by other names. Oh, and the Big Bang theory is not just a funny TV show, it is the currently accepted explanation for how the universe came to be… By the way, the universe is about 13.7 billion years old, not 6,000 years. As a conservative Republican, I fear that his kind of thinking is NOT going to help the party win in November, I do wish he would just shut up!

Sadly, his views are shared by many Americans, a quick search found one survey from 2005 that only
39.7 % believe that evolution was the way our species came to be. I really worry about the state of education in this country when the level of scientific ignorance is this high!

I do find it interesting that Sanitorium does not accept the evolution, but his Catholic Church does.

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