Is an atheist who believes nothing in the Bible could possibly be true "objective"?
Do you honestly think anybody comes to the table completely devoid of preconceived notions?
Oh plenty of people have pre-conceived notions, no question... but if someone truly believes something and their belief is by nature contrary to what they are studying, which do they follow?
Obviously not all christians believe in the literal interpretations of genesis, and obviously some scientists can study science without mixing in their own personal religious beliefs, but that no doubt makes it harder for them to be completely objective in my opinion.
Straight ahead answer folks. Tell me what's factually incorrect about this statement:
"Some people believe that a higher power exists, and that this higher power created everything."
If there's nothing factually incorrect about that, then what's the big deal about saying that in a classroom?
You don't have to teach the Bible, don't have to say the name "God", don't have to mention any specific religion, none of it. All you have to do is make the above statement, and you've acknowledged intelligent design.
Explain to me the big deal about that.
Nothing wrong with stating it, but that statement is really a religious issue... it has no more place in a science class than stating "some people believe that aliens seeded the earth with life"... OK, some people believe it... so what? Should that be said too? What beliefs should be stated in science class? Seems that if you give all of that equal billing with science, then class would get mighty long...