Was anyone really hoping that the next generation of evolutionary theorists was going to come from devoutly Christian fundamentalist Kansas families?
Not sure - the question is rather "why not?" At the very least, I believe that being given the option to recognize that there are alternatives to the "christian fundamentalism" *should* be there.
I live in France, where church and state are completely seperated, however I grew up in Denmark, which is a constitutionally christian country (i.e. the christian church is funded by the state). I also grew up in what might be considred as a "christian fundamentalist" family.
Value-judgements asside, even in Denmark, evolution is taught in schools. As is creationism, actually, to the younger classes (mandatory christian teaching in public schools). That has enabled me to make up my own mind, fairly independant from what my family think (and I turn out to believe in other things than in christianity - however that is entirely another issue).
In France, public display of religion is prohibited in schools - a fact from the church and the state to be seperated. While I am all for that seperation, I belive that it would be only fair to give "religious teaching" space in the public schools. Not as "teaching a religion" (converting people), but rather "teaching about religion" in the later classes. That is: giving the youngsters an informed basis for forming their own opinions, rather than forcing them to subscribe to their parents/teachers dy default.
And I guess that's what it is all about: forming ones own opinion. And I guess that's why I think that the Kansas-issue is worth a concirn.
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