“I think the only way to "solve" this problem of Creationism in the public schools is to Separate Church & State. Let the churches, mosques, synagogues teach their Religious beliefs, and let the public schools teach Science. I am glad you wrote back! Thanks, EH
PS-The sarcasm does run rampant in these community conversations! EH”
“I am NOT arguing that religion be taught in schools. My argument is for the opposite. As Martin Luther argued 500 years ago: Teach religion At Home. Today, I would say Teach Religion/Creationism At Home or At Church. Let public education teach what is today recognized as Science. The student can then decide what he or she prefers as The Absolute Truth.
As I look back on what my fifth grade teachers provided us with in terms of films, they gave us films that provided a Science Education not a Theological Education. At School, we were taught what was considered recognized Science. At Church, we were taught what was considered recognized Theology, at least according to that teacher or pastor in our Sunday School.
Apparently I grew up in an atmosphere of Separation of Church and State. Each entity provided us with what it recognized as being the acceptable truth of each subject. Science and Religion did not cross borders at the school house door or at the church's front door.
The principal of my Grammar School just happened to be a member of the Lutheran church that I attended. And his wife was the vice-principal of the Grammar School. I can only assume that he knew what was being taught in both buildings. And that he maintained Church/State Separation.
Teach Creationism at Church or Home. Teach Science at the Public School. There is a difference.”
Andrea Shiell on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:08:25
“sorry, given the sarcasm in some of these forums, I misunderstood you. but I must say we agree. religion is well-enough covered by churches. I say leave science to our public schools, and be free to teach whatever creation theology you might outside of that:-)”
“500 years ago, plus or minus, Martin Luther told his congregation that parents should be teaching religion At Home.
50 something years ago I lived in Texas as a child. My fifth grade teacher provided us with films once a month and I will swear to this, there was a Walt Disney film that was played multiple times throughout the year that led us through the Big Bang and Volcanic Earth and Dinosaurs and The Asteroid that took out the dinosaurs. We kids enjoyed the film. It was my personal favorite.
I never once ever heard a teacher or parent or pastor ever complain about those films. Teach religion at home or maybe at church. I think that is a good policy. Why is this so hard? And what happened to the Texas I grew up in?
Yanette Rivera on Nov 23, 2013 at 01:17:53
“Republicans have become rabid since obamas been elected into office.”
Andrea Shiell on Nov 23, 2013 at 00:59:56
“wait ... are you arguing that religion should be taught in our schools? kids might enjoy certain films, but that doesn't mean those films should be taught as scientifically proven facts. for thousands of years people accepted that we humans were the center of the universe, even though science told us otherwise. and even more important, just because you never heard someone object, does that mean they were right? even more so, does that mean they have a right to tell you what you can or can't learn in the classroom as "science" vs. theology?”
Crabtree Nick on Nov 23, 2013 at 00:59:37
“I grew up in a church-going family and went to church every Sunday. I cannot remember one sermon on evolution. My parents never spoke on it. I never heard it mentioned (or creationism either) in elementary school. In high school, it was mentioned so matter of factly in biology class, without much explanation of the details, that there wasn't much to object to. In college, the professor for my physical anthropology course began with the assumption that evolution was reality and there was not much discussion (and no objections). I cannot remember one time in my childhood in a "red" area that evolution was a point of controversy. I don't think most people even thought about it. Where I was from, the big issue was whether or not Ronald Reagan was destroying the country or making it the best place on earth again. Maybe that's why evolution is such a hot button issue in Texas today- not much to argue about. ?”
“I'm talking about the twelve cavities left over from childhood. Old fillings are breaking and so is the tooth. Crowns cost $1000. Payment is due at time of service. I also have a tooth that is dying from the inside out. Repair for that tooth will cost $6500. Social Security & Medicare don't provide even minimal coverage for Dental & Vision Care.
As for your paying for my dental work, we need to reverse this Wealth Inequality in the U.S. and get rid of tax loopholes used aggressively by corporations, millionaires, billionaires in order not to pay taxes. The healthiest, most economically sound countries on this planet take care of all their people. We cannot allow the Tea Partiers and their backers to hold Medical Care for everyone hostage to their own self-serving ideology.
The Tea Partiers are using aggressive fear-mongering tactics to scare people, trying to make you believe that you will go broke if we have universal healthcare. Tea Partiers are only in this for their own agenda. The rest of us are mere obstacles in their march to hang onto hundreds of billions $$ and leave the rest of us to live on minimum wages, no healthcare, sky rocketing college tuition, foreclosures, cutting funds for infant formula...
It's difficult to maintain a clear picture of the facts in the midst of the Tea Partiers' terrorist agenda.
Keep reading Huffington Post, Bill Moyers.com. Watch Charlie Rose, Gwen Ifill on PBS.
“When I bought my townhouse, I hired a House Inspector recommended by the real estate agent. Well........ four months later I learned that the circuit breaker box was full of rust. It had to be replaced for a huge sum of money. After that I discovered that the kitchen chandelier which weighs a ton, was insecurely fastened to the ceiling. When I tried to change a light bulb the other night, the fixture dropped from its moorings and was swinging by two wires. I called the fire department at midnight. They had a slow night and were more than willing to help me out. (I explained that it was NOT an emergency.) When I took down the old curtain rod in the living room, I found a million screws and holes in the wall underneath several layers of paint and the cardboard that covers the sheet rock/dry wall. The layers of paint and the cardboard covering are literally peeling off the wall with very little help from me. And then there was the plumber who showed me how to use the spray foam for filling small areas. I should never have asked him how to use it. And I should have stopped him before he went crazy and sprayed the stuff up around the ceiling in the laundry room, an area of open wall space filled with dust, cobwebs, and whatever.
I feel a migraine coming on. EH
P.S. I could use some sympathy and encouragement!! EH”
“If I can find another way to make my point about racists who hide inside other groups that are not racist to hide the fact that they are racist, I'll try this again later.
It bothers me that someone would say, I'm not racist, see I am a Democrat, so I'm not racist, but then that person turns around and uses racist language and uses racist symbolism.
I think the use of racist language and symbolism is deliberate and is cruel and disrespectful towards those who have to endure this person's in-your-face words and behavior. A wolf in sheep's clothing maybe??
I think your words and your behaviors and use of symbols defines who you are. You are your words. Your words are a window into your soul.
“Alan Grayson is a new name to me, and I keep getting him mixed up with Alan Greenspan. I know Martin Bashir's name, but I don't watch TV news, so I don't know much about him.
HOWEVER..... For the past several months I have begun to think of the Tea Partiers as the new KKK. It would be safer to be a Tea Partier than a member of the KKK, because, so far, the Tea Partiers haven't technically killed anyone, though they don't seem to mind starving people to death, and that's pretty ghastly and justifies strong rebuke.
Just to make myself clear, Grayson's email choices leave something to be desired. Using a Burning Cross theme on an email for any reason is tasteless and contemptible. It could be that Grayson is a closet racist but chooses to hide behind another label, a Democrat.
“***Food For Thought......
*Everyone deserves a hot meal.
*Maybe some Elderly people have trouble working the stove or oven or microwave.
*Most importantly, those who are shut-ins enjoy and anticipate a friendly face each day at noon.
***Why do you quibble over whether the meal is hot and is served daily, or whether it is frozen in packs of seven and brought once a week? Food is no place to cut a budget unless you are a member of Congress and can afford to spend a hundred bucks on lunch everyday and a hot lunch at that???? E.H.”
prestonsturges on Oct 25, 2013 at 23:15:59
“Some will not understand until they are in that condition. Your perspective changes a lot after the age of 75.”
“Just trying to muddle through this.... What if? ....
What if the Moderate Congressional Republicans called out to the Moderate Republicans across the country and asked for their support??? Would that give the Moderate Congressional Republicans enough "support/courage" to stand against the Tea Party Republicans???
I'm just spinning this idea without really any idea of what it would take to end this shutdown. If it were a viable solution, could it give Moderate Republicans a chance to save face and to actually DO something constructive.
Or am I just dreaming???
Of course we could just send them to bed without supper. There are plenty of other Americans that are going to bed without supper tonight.
Or maybe the whole money thing related to next year's elections is just too great a sacrifice? Detectives always say, Follow the money.
Maybe I just answered my own question????
??? Ellen Henegar.
BobRobertsFeltRedundant on Oct 4, 2013 at 23:29:00
“Dear Mr. President, Please pardon Bradley Manning. We must never sacrifice Honor in the name of a so-called Just War, while engaging in atrocities, torture, and the slaughter of innocents. Sincerely, Ellen Henegar.”
You are correct. I half remembered the article about Iceland and Snowden. It was a businessman who had a plane ready and waiting to take Snowden to Iceland, not Iceland itself. It went to a vote in Iceland's Parliament; only some were interested.
As far as sources are concerned, I did find several articles. They are collected on a page in Huffington. Next time, I will heed my inner voice: Check the article first before commenting!!
If the following URL doesn't get you to the articles, try googling Huffington:
Thanks for the reminder to be more informed! From Ellen Henegar”
Jay Haney on Jul 18, 2013 at 15:50:55
“No worries, Ms. Henegar. Facts are the one thing that have been in very, very short supply on this story. Not a good way to get to the truth, you know? I'm glad that you're willing to go that extra mile!”
“I find this so painful that I can hardly find the words to express my feelings. That little girl should never have been removed from her adoptive parents in the first place. But she was taken from them and sent to a stranger. And now she is being returned to her adoptive parents. She is only three years old. How much damage has been caused to this small child? Will she ever be able to overcome the fear, the pain, the sheer terror from being taken from the only family she had ever known? Why in the world cannot we not prevent some of this damage by creating an "Extended Family" for this little girl? When these situations happen, perhaps our first thought should be how to bring everyone together instead of tearing people apart. In this case, it may have meant that the biological father would have to relocate nearer to the adoptive family. But surely that is a small thing to do than to tear a child apart. In an "Extended Family" everyone gets to love and be loved.
“There are many who protest that they are pro-life concerning abortions, but where is the Justice for the child already living and breathing on his own??? Though I am pro-choice, I feel that America seems to care very little for any of its children. From Ellen Henegar.”
“Iceland offered asylum to Mr. Snowden several weeks ago, saying that they had a plane ready and waiting for him. I would have thought that Snowden would have accepted the offer if only to have a place to rest and think about what he would do with his life while in exile. I agree with President Carter; Democracy is compromised when the government thinks it can move into your own home.
“Belief in the second coming of Christ does not necessarily mean that one believes that the second coming is going to happen tomorrow. Our Sun has another five billion or so years left before going nova. I figure that may be considered the end times. At least for this planet. Thank you. Ellen Henegar. www.MyNeighborsShoes.com”
bpulliam on May 5, 2013 at 14:41:45
“By the time the sun burns out, there will be nothing on earth left to salvage anyway. Mass ignorance, such as posted on this thread, will have destroyed life as we know it. This end-times nonsense makes even less sense when you realize that there will be no humans left for god and Jesus to lay on the final kabosh. What amazing fantasy----not even the seven headed Dragon will be able to breath the air. Please-------------------”
taoistpunk on May 5, 2013 at 07:41:34
“our sun doesn't have the mass to go nova. but it will cycle through it's burn so that this planet won't be fit for life as we know it much longer than a billion years from now.
but if we make it that long, there's no reason why we can't make it to extra-solar planets.
there are probably hundreds of billions of habitable or terra formable planets out there.
when you think of it that way, jesus is going to be busier than santa claus trying to "return" to all those planets at the same time..
by the way, no one said it "necessarily meant" anything. in fact the study shows that it is merely a propensity towards a certain uninformed and unrealistic way of thinking among christians.”
Christopher Nagy on May 5, 2013 at 02:02:25
“Overwhelmingly, the people I have met (and those in my family) who believe in the end times and the second coming of Christ are certain that it will occur in their lifetime. So while the two beliefs are not co-dependent, anecdotal observation suggest that they go together far more often than not.”
“I think the National Science Foundation should send Mr. Smith a grant proposal in such scientifically technical language that it would take the rest of Mr. Smith's lifetime to understand what the research is about, if even then. Thank you. Ellen Henegar. www.MyNeighborsShoes.com”
“I'm impressed. I would never have thought to purchase a domain name related to the bombings, and especially to have bought it to protect the victims. Kudos to those who used forethought and consideration toward others. Thank you. Ellen Henegar