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Religious Values: News Article
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
Religious Values: News Article A recent short article in the Washington Post (Flock, 2012) reports on the passing of a new bill that allows alternatives to mainstream scientific theories to be taught in public schools in Tennessee. The facts on which the article are based are very few: that the bill was passed through both houses of the state legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, and that the governor refused to sign the bill, which then automatically becomes law if a governor refuses to sign it within 10 days.
The overall effect is to undermine the religious views of the majority of the elected representatives in Tennessee and to promote a materialist, non-religious world view as if it were the norm in the whole of American society. Evidence from Robin Zimmer, identified as “a biotechnology consultant and affiliate of a creationist organization” is briefly cited, stating that “Critical thinking, analysis fosters good science” (Flock, 2012, p. 1). This is an edited extract from a longer article, and it makes very little contribution to the argument because it is a platitude that no one could argue against. Longer and much more targeted quotations from critics of the bill are provided and they use very colorful language which sticks in the mind of the reader. ...
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