Nessie is being used to debunk evolution -- on taxpayers' dollars

Has anyone seen Nessie lately?

This blurry photo is presented as proof that Nessie exists. Some claim it is a fake.
This blurry photo is presented as proof that Nessie exists. Some claim it is a fake.

Fundamentalism creeping in through the back door

Starting this fall, taxpayers will be paying for thousands of school children in Louisiana to be taught another facet of creation science. Government-subsidized private schools will start teaching that the Loch Ness Monster is a factual living creature and use it to debunk evolution in science classes. This will be made possible by a voucher system that pays tuition to private schools that was shoved through the Louisiana state legislature by Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. These vouchers will be used to send children to private and religious schools that use bible-based biology texts.

For example, possibly the first school to receive the vouchers, the Entity Christian Academy uses the fundamentalist Accelerated Christian Education Curriculum (A.C.E.) that originated in Texas in the 1970s. The curriculum, which is being used in many religious schools and in fundamentalist home school programs, is termed “intellectually dishonest” in scientific circles. It teaches that the earth was created around 4,000 BC, Noah’s Flood was a literal occurrence covering the whole earth, and Nessie is a physical fact.

Herald Scotland, which tracks all Nessie-related news and and scoffs at American fundamentalist intrusion into their national treasure, reports this excerpt from an A.C.E. textbook, Biology 1099:

“Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”

The famous photograph of Nessie, dubbed "the Surgeon's Photograph," is held by some as a fake.

Jonny Scaramanga, a British rock musician, is a former student of the A.C.E . program in the U.K. and now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism. (See his blog.) He confirms that the Nessie claim is being taught in the classroom as evidence against evolution. He says their reasoning is that Nessie, a sea monster, survived Noah’s flood. The argument is that if sea monsters coexist with man, then Darwin’s theory of evolution cannot hold true.

Some other controversial texts being used by publicly funded schools include a Bob Jones University Press textbook that claims dinosaurs were fire-breathing dragons.

There is no question that these religious schools have the right to teach creationism or any other religious beliefs, no matter how unscientific, to their tuition-paying students or private scholarship students. The question raised here is about public funding being used to further religious beliefs. As a result of voucher systems, thousands of public school students will be financially aided to attend religious schools this fall, which amounts to millions of dollars in taxpayer money. Louisiana is just the newest state to jump on the bandwagon along with a dozen others.

This latest news on the devolution of education in Louisiana makes me proud that my state pulled out of the Louisiana Territory and established its own territory nearly 200 years ago. However, there has been controversy over creationism here since the late 1970s. I just hope none of our legislators get any new ideas from this.

Monkey see, monkey do.

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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London

Wow, thanks for informing me of this - it's truly sickening what is happening to education in parts of the USA. How on earth are the politicians making these decisions staying in power? Absolutely ridiculous.

We have come so far with science and yet some children are exposed to 'knowledge' which has long been debunked.


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Tell me about it! I am as bewildered as you are. Thank you for reading this and commenting.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Looks like they'll try anything and everything...regardless of cost, who pays, who agrees and who doesn't. If not held accountable to the actual donors, what next?

Thank you for the eye-opener......although I am disgusted, I always want to be informed! UP++


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

They are going to try to get it in someway, yet they complain loudly when someone else tries to exercise his or her rights to freedom from THEIR religion. Thanks for the read and the Up.


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IDScience 4 years ago

Creationists don't need Nessie to invalidate Darwinian evolution, molecular biology is doing a fine Job all by its self. Every prediction (that I know of) Darwinian evolution has made has been repeatedly falsified. The recent Altenberg 16 meeting was to discuss possible new mechanisms for a dying theory.

The fact is the government has mandated the tenets of naturalism (thus atheism) to be taught in all public schools. Science has absolutely no idea how life arose, and to reject out of hand, all other hypotheses other than an atheistic one, is just as biased and mandating young earth creationisms in all public schools.

The atheists in science have done am admiral job in establishing their biased hypotheses for the origins of life & species in all public schools, and have gotten the government to fund this atheistic biased using our tax dollars. They then have the nerve to complain when a competing non-atheistic hypothesis is considered

Evolutionary science is just a dogmatic, subjective and biased as young earth creationism is, and they are being funded by tax dollars


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getitrite 4 years ago

Wow! Utterly shocking. Why on earth do these psychotic believers want to do this to the future generations?


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Wow! IDScience. Since fossil records prove that the earth is more than 4,000 years old, what do you suggest was the creation of man? Alien intervention. Thanks, anyway.

getitright. I don't know where my answer went, so I'll try again. I think you just answered your own question in two words. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

getitrite, I think you just explained it in two words. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Well, that's weird. My first comment didn't appear until my second try was posted. Sorry for the repeat.


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IDScience 4 years ago

@MizBejabbers

"Wow! IDScience. Since fossil records prove that the earth is more than 4,000 years old"

I never said the earth was only 4000 years old (young earth creationists believe the earth is 6000 years old)

I am an old earth creationist that believes the earth and universe is much older than 6000 years, but I do believe Adam & Eve were created approximately 6000 years ago, which is supported by recorded history and genetics


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

Thanks, ID science, now I know where you are coming from. While we may disagree on evolution, I believe that there was an intervention in humanity resulting in the creation of Homo sapiens, thus, the explanation of the "missing link". Whether it was divine or alien has yet to be determined. I believe it was longer ago than 6,000 years, though, because fossilized bones of humans other than Homo sapiens have been found that are many thousands of years old. While our beliefs don't totally agree, they do have something in common.

My point of the hub was that these people are using something that can't be proved, nor can they really explain the relevancy if it could be proved. It to me is like using the story of Santa Clause or the Easter bunny to disprove evolution, and our tax dollars will be paying for this. Thanks for your comments.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I'm really against the voucher system because of this type of thing. Public funds should not be used to foster religious beliefs. Good hub, voted up and interesting!


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago Author

THANK YOU! We need more people who believe this way. And thanks for the votes.

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