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Saturday, 28 September 2013

28 September 2013. Only in Russia… “Book House” in Perm

00 'Book House' in Perm. Russia. 28.09.13

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They say that Russians are the “readingist” people on earth, but this house in Perm takes the cake. It’s a real full-size house that people live in. One wonders if the residents are avid readers… they’re certainly handy and crafty (in the good sense of the word).

BMD

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28 September 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… “Christian” Groups Sue to Stop Kansas Schools from Using Science Standards

00 Angry Born Again Christian. 28.09.13

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Two Christian (sic) legal groups, Citizens for Objective Public Education and the Pacific Justice Institute, are suing to stop the Kansas State Board of Education from implementing the “Next Generation Science Standards” in the state’s public schools. The science classes demonstrate scientific findings, not the Christian (sic) view of creationism as described in the Bible. The groups claim that this non-religious approach is actually a religious bias for atheism, which they rename a “nontheistic religion”.

The Pacific Justice Institute stated in a press release, in part, “To promote religious beliefs that are inconsistent with the theistic religious beliefs of plaintiffs, thereby depriving them of the right to be free from government that favours one religious view over another”. Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute noted, “It’s an egregious violation of the rights of Americans to subject students… as young as five… to an authoritative figure such as a teacher who essentially tells them that their faith is wrong. Its one thing to explore alternatives at an appropriate age, but to teach theory that’s devoid of any alternative which aligns with the belief of people of faith is just wrong”.

However, the Kansas schools aren’t “teaching religious beliefs”, but rather science classes, which don’t choose or promote any religion.

The Citizens for Objective Public Education used the same tactic, saying in a press release that the science classes were actually atheism, which is really a “concealed Orthodoxy“. John H Calvert, counsel for the plaintiffs, stated, “This case is actually about a concealed Orthodoxy that requires all explanations provided by science to be materialistic/atheistic. It’s particularly problematic in the area of origins science, which addresses ultimate religious questions, like, ‘Where do we come from?’ … Public education about origins science needs to adequately and objectively inform age-appropriate audiences about the use of the Orthodoxy and the relevant information and data it suppresses. Origins science is a historical science that studies the origin and nature of the universe, life, and the diversity of life. The Orthodoxy isn’t religiously neutral, as it permits only materialistic/atheistic answers to ultimate religious questions. The concealed use of the Orthodoxy in the F&S has the effect of promoting the core tenets of nontheistic religions like Atheism and Religious (secular) Humanism”.

27 September 2013

Michael Allen

Opposing Views

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/christianity/christian-groups-sue-stop-kansas-schools-using-science-standards#

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In June, Kansas adopted a set of science standards to be implemented in kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms statewide, and Christian (sic) groups filed a pair of federal lawsuits to block the new curriculum. According to the Pacific Justice Institute, the new public school science standards could create “a hostile learning environment for those of faith” by not teaching the Christian creation story {most real Christians reject the six-day Creation fairy tale: editor} as an alternative theory to evolution. The suit alleges that the new standards would “promote religious beliefs that are inconsistent with the theistic religious beliefs of plaintiffs, thereby depriving them of the right to be free from government that favours one religious view over another”.

However, in fact, the curriculum doesn’t promote or favour any religious belief over another, as evolution isn’t a religious belief. The statement went on to say, “It’s an egregious violation of the rights of Americans to subject students…  as young as five… to an authoritative figure such as a teacher who essentially tells them that their faith is wrong”. In any case, the curriculum doesn’t call for any teacher to tell any student that their faith is wrong. Furthermore, many American Christians don’t find evolution… the primary point of contention… incompatible with their belief in a Creator.

Another lawsuit, filed 26 September by Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE, Inc) also sought to block the science standards. COPE said that the new standards “would have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview”, which the group argues is a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. COPE said that the “concealed Orthodoxy” of the science standards would undermine the faithful. It claimed, “The Orthodoxy isn’t religiously neutral, as it permits only materialistic/atheistic answers to ultimate religious questions. Questions like, ‘Where do we come from?’ can only be answered honestly by religion”.

Apparently without ironic intention, COPE’s statement went on to say, “Teaching materialistic/atheistic ideas to primary school children whose minds are susceptible to blindly accepting them as true” is unconstitutional and dangerous. The science standards incorporate “materialistic” ideas only insofar as they have to be observable through the scientific method, and “atheistic” answers only insofar as they make no mention of any deity. Both suits are calling for an injunction against the Next Generation Science Standards and the corresponding lesson plan handbook, Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. If they can’t block the curriculum entirely, PJI would settle for stopping the standards for grades K-8, and would allow the standards for grades 9-12, as long as the standards are objective “so as to produce a religiously-neutral effect with respect to theistic and non-theistic religion”.

27 September 2013

Kristen Butler

UPI

http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/09/27/Christian-groups-sue-Kansas-over-school-science-standards/5251380317394/

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I’m not making this shit up! This is what the goofball Evangelicals really believe! Reflect on this… Fathausen wanted to ally us with such cockamamie yahoos. Thank God, he’s gone, and if the OCA Holy Synod has any brains, they’ll send him off to a far monastery (he IS a monk, after all, let him go to Athos or Siberia… that’d learn him).

I believe in evolution and I believe in God. I’m not alone in that… the majority of real Christians are that way. The above proves that it takes all kinds… and that some kinds are rather feral, indeed. Do have a care with the konvertsy… many of them sympathise with the sectarians. There be cow pats in that there field, kids…

BMD

28 September 2013. Cabinet Input on the Greek Brouhaha in Glenview IL…

00 You can hear a lot in the agora... 20.10.12

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Editor’s Foreword:

Got some detail on the GOAA parish in trouble in Illinois. Here it is, without comment. Let someone who knows better than I do speak, I say…

BMD

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Unusually for GOAA, this parish was specifically founded in the late 1950s/early 1960s as a parish to specifically use more English in services. That makes both converts and half-non-Greek couples more welcome. This was the case until the well-beloved pastor, Fr George Scoulas, died 12-13 years ago. Recent priests tried to put more Greek into services, which wasn’t very popular with parishioners. Attendance is down since the news of this all broke. Did something in the Chicago Tribune article jump out at you? The parish council president’s last name is Gottreich. That’s far from being Greek. In the picture, Mr Gottreich looks like he might be part-Greek. However, he still bears a non-Greek name. We all know the Greeks bear little love for Germans, both from World War II, as well as from the Greek financial crisis with the Germans coming down on Greece. The GOAA Metropolitan of Chicago, Iakovos Garmatis, is very, very into Greekness.

Just my little conspiracy theory this morning.

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