For the child’s sake, I hope they didn’t..
It’s weird, in most African schools (even dedicatedly Christian ones), evolution is thought without barriers or disclaimers.. Creationism is then taught in the religious classes, should you choose to be in one.
Why is the US, Africa’s role model the place where creationism is being pushed into science classes..?
And fundamentalists here are just as bad as in the most uneducated part of Africa..
frankly, it saddens me..
Well, there are two issues here, at least from my perspective.
First, there is the idea that religion must be somehow curtailed from undue influence, and I can’t disagree with that. But ignorance, insensitivity to Human needs, and religion are not the same thing, and we must hope that the Internet can educate people everywhere to a higher standard and gradually displace most religionists of any color.
My second issue is that Humanism is being equated with atheism, whereas it is far more than a non-belief. It is instead a positive belief in our own species, in its powers and potential, and what the atheists or religionists are up to is their own matter and only of contingent importance. Humanism is inclusionary of all people, the same way we accept all children, and from there it is much more important to determine which ideas are worthwhile, for our actions, rather than spending time and effort denigrating those of others from a self-righteous stance.
Not that you are doing that, and certainly fundamentalism in Africa, South America, India, Arabia, Indonesia and the US can seem to be an overwhelming “problem”. But I maintain that it is not- rather it is the absence of discourse among Humanity toward eliminating war munitions, poverty, corruption and the abuse of women, children and the elderly that is paramount.
Atheism, you can then see, has no salient place within those problems. And yes, Obama is just playing the political game in pretending he’s Christian - he’s an intellectual and that is one world view that is not inclusionary of fundamentalism…