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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams 431

Alain Williams writes "Religious sponsored ignorance is not just in the USA, a school in Hackney, England is trying to hide the idea of evolution from its pupils. Maybe they fear that their creation story will be seen for what it is if pupils get to learn ideas supported evidence. The girls are also disadvantaged since they can't answer the redacted questions, thus making it harder to get good marks."
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

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  • Re:Act of God? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Cenan ( 1892902 ) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @04:45AM (#46416957)

    At the core of evolution is survival of the fittest. The theory of evolution also implies that "man", as in created by God in his own image, is nothing special, only a series of fortunate mutations, migrations and accidents. The Christian Bible basically starts out with a huge lie.

    What is really perplexing is the fact that the Catholic Pope has conceded that man is descended from the apes, and there really isn't anywhere else in the first world where this "creationism vs evolution" is even a thing (to my knowledge at least).

  • by GeekWithAKnife ( 2717871 ) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @05:18AM (#46417075)

    I find it amusing that through the decades and centuries some fundamentalists, religious groups etc simply do everything they can no to not change.

    Resisting change in new and interesting ways. They come up with new counter arguments, new legislation proposals, new interpretations of the same old texts.

    That very same behaviour is evolutionary in nature. We need no other explanation to demonstrate that evolution as a fact is quite well grounded in fact.Sure there are gaps in our ability to explain everything but every time we have stepped forward and discovered something, solved what was thought to be impossible etc the arguments against evolution then evolved with the discovery. Much like the "Irreducibly complex" malarkey.

    So some sect/faction/aspect/cult of Judaism or some other belief want X removed or have removed it from their school. Good. Evolution at work, they are one step closer to removing themselves from the gene pool. While some religious groups may have 11 - 15 kids per family religion overall is in decline.

    We can argue these points on slashdot, religious people can counter argue and millions will read and judge for themselves -all very evolved.
  • by Barsteward ( 969998 ) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @05:25AM (#46417115)
    "So yea, if a jewish community who denied evolution would only breed within the jewish community they may eventually split off from the rest of humanity" - the orthodox jewish community are already suffering the consequences of breeding within a small community. []
  • Re:Whats the point? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by xelah ( 176252 ) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @06:40AM (#46417405)
    Indeed not. I've only had a little rather indirect contact with those sorts of communities in London, but as I understand it they also tend to shun proper education - university level especially because that's where a lot of people leave their communities - have low income levels and be dependent on state benefits in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Personally, I have no problem funding appropriately limited benefits for people who are unlucky, disabled, not educated properly by their parents and so on....but when a whole community is dependent on forced charity in a self-perpetuating cultural cycle but the problem is considered untouchable because 'religion' then I think it needs to be dealt with a little better. Requiring a proper education would be a good start (and being prepared to help children who want to go to university against their parents' wishes could be a good second thing).
  • by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @08:12AM (#46417737)

    Of course they're going to ignore the 500 madrassas in England which do precisely the same thing and seek out the only Jewish school they could find than shriek and moan and predict the Evil Jew Menace (tm, BBC) is going to destroy all of civilization. This is what they do every day.

    In the mean time the Muslims teach their kids much worse things than creationism. Like children as young as 11 learning that Hindus have ‘no intellect’ and that they ‘drink cow piss [], and hatred of Jews and Christians.

    But of course it's the one Jewish school that they pick on.

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