Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The World Is Flat

A Virginia lawmaker would like to make it so that science teachers in Virginia would be free to teach that the world is flat, that Jesus rode a dinosaur, and that you can turn lead into gold.

A new bill, up for consideration this year in the Virginia General Assembly, would give Virginia’s public school teachers permission to teach about the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “scientific theories” like evolution and global climate change. The bill is part of a national trend of legislative proposals, led by creationist organizations like the Discovery Institute and climate-change deniers such as the Heartland Institute.

Virginia State Delegate Richard “Dickie” Bell (R) pre-filed House Bill 207 over the holidays for consideration by the House of Delegates when it reconvenes this week. His proposal would require Virginia elementary and secondary schools to teach about “scientific controversies” in science classes.


Whether Bell and educators acknowledge it or not, scientists have identified climate change as a major threat to the the Hampton Roads area in southeast Virginia. The populous area, along the Atlantic coast, is already experiencing growing problems from rising sea levels. The National Journal reported last February that, “the economic impact of these forces will be profound; some estimates run as high as $25 billion.”

The sea levels aren’t rising; the land is sinking.

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  1. You know you should never let scientific fact get in the way of your narrow view of the King James version of the Bible. I am sure Mr. Bell would agree with me. 🙂

    • I’d agree if I thought Bell’s type read any more than the Pentateuch and Revelations.

      And I’m sure that once Hampton and Norfolk (and all the other military sites impacted by this) start flooding regularly Bell will whinge that Gawd hasn’t Blessed™ Ahmurrca enough, that the pResident isn’t doing enough to hold the waters back, and that the Rocky Mountains need to be leveled and the pulverized mountains used to fill in those spots so the Navy can continue to operate.

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