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Jason Spaceman



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,02:26   

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By TOM HUMPHREY,

NASHVILLE - Sen. Raymond Finney proposes to use the legislative process to get an answer to the question of whether the universe was created by a "Supreme Being."

Under Senate Resolution 17, introduced by the Maryville Republican, the answer would come from state Education Commissioner Lana Seivers "in report form" no later than Jan. 15, 2008.

Finney, a retired physician, said Monday that his objective is to formally prod the Department of Education into a dialogue about the teaching of evolution in school science classes without also teaching the alternative of "creationism," or "intelligent design."

The move would thus renew a debate that has raged off and on in the Tennessee Legislature since at least 1925, when the 64th General Assembly enacted a law forbidding the teaching of evolution - setting the stage for the famous John Scopes "monkey trial" in Dayton, Tenn., later that year.

Finney said there is no doubt in his own mind that everything in the universe, including human beings, was created by a Supreme Being.

"There has never been any proof offered that Darwin's theory of evolution is correct," he said.

"I'm not demanding that she (Seivers) to do anything," he said, "just asking, 'Are you sure we're doing the right thing?' "

He said the resolution is "giving her the opportunity to say, 'You're wrong. There is no creationism.' "

As the resolution is written, if Seivers does answer no to the first question - stating that the universe was not created by a Supreme Being - she would be offered "the General Assembly's admiration for being able to decide conclusively a question that has long perplexed and occupied the attention of scientists, philosophers, theologians, educators and others."

But if she answers yes, or states that the answer to the creation of the universe is uncertain, then there is a follow-up question that must also be answered: Why is creationism not being taught in Tennessee schools?


Read it here.

The text of Senate Resolution 17 is here.

   
Jason Spaceman



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,02:30   

For the PDF challenged, here is the text of Resolution 17:

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SR0017
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Filed for intro on 02/21/2007
SENATE RESOLUTION 17
By Finney R.
A RESOLUTION to request the commissioner of education to
provide answers to questions concerning
creationism and public school curriculums in
Tennessee.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED FIFTH GENERAL
ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, that the commissioner of the department of
education, in consultation with any other persons whether within or without state government, is
hereby respectfully requested by this body to respond to the following questions:
(1) Is the Universe and all that is within it, including human beings, created through
purposeful, intelligent design by a Supreme Being, that is a Creator?
Understand that this question does not ask that the Creator be given a name. To
name the Creator is a matter of faith. The question simply asks whether the Universe
has been created or has merely happened by random, unplanned, and purposeless
occurrences.
Further understand that this question asks that the latest advances in multiple
scientific disciplines –such as physics, astronomy, molecular biology, DNA studies,
physiology, paleontology, mathematics, and statistics – be considered, rather than
relying solely on descriptive and hypothetical suppositions.
If the answer to Question 1 is “Yes,” please answer Question 2:
(2) Since the Universe, including human beings, is created by a Supreme Being (a
Creator), why is creationism not taught in Tennessee public schools?
If the answer to Question 1 is “This question cannot be proved or disproved,” please
answer Question 3:

(3) Since it cannot be determined whether the Universe, including human beings, is
created by a Supreme Being (a Creator), why is creationism not taught as an
alternative concept, explanation, or theory, along with the theory of evolution in
Tennessee public schools?
If the answer to Question 1 is “No” please accept the General Assembly’s admiration for
being able to decide conclusively a question that has long perplexed and occupied the
attention of scientists, philosophers, theologians, educators, and others.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the commissioner of education is requested to
deliver her response to this request in report form to the Speaker of the Senate before January
15, 2008.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared
and sent to the commissioner of education.

   
Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,03:21   

holy crap.

to think these idiots get paid to be representatives.

   
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Further understand that this question asks that the latest advances in multiple
scientific disciplines –such as physics, astronomy, molecular biology, DNA studies,
physiology, paleontology, mathematics, and statistics – be considered, rather than
relying solely on descriptive and hypothetical suppositions.


yeah, sure, if the writer had actually relied on ANY of these things to begin with, they wouldn't be asking such a stupid ass question.

If i were the "commissioner of education", I'd publically announce that the government intends to force the issue, ask if that's what all of his constituents really feel should be the role of their government, and then laugh evilly as I announce that indeed, God is dead.

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Renier



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,04:35   

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(1) Is the Universe and all that is within it, including human beings, created through
purposeful, intelligent design by a Supreme Being, that is a Creator?
Understand that this question does not ask that the Creator be given a name. To
name the Creator is a matter of faith...

...(2) Since the Universe, including human beings, is created by a Supreme Being (a
Creator), why is creationism not taught in Tennessee public schools?...


Some nasty, arrogant assumption in there that an evil person might exploit. Can you imagine their faces when:

"The conclusion of this report is that it cannot be determined if a supernatural being created the universe or not. However, let it be stated for the record that the closest creationist theory with regards to the various science disciplines is.... HINDU! The recommendation, based on the initial request (see (2)), is therefore that Hindu creationism be taught in all science classes as an alternative to the natural sciences."  :p  :D

  
Darth Robo



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,07:18   

"Sen. Raymond Finney proposes to use the legislative process to get an answer to the question of whether the universe was created by a "Supreme Being."

Under Senate Resolution 17, introduced by the Maryville Republican, the answer would come from state Education Commissioner Lana Seivers "in report form" no later than Jan. 15, 2008."

Okay, you've got until the end of the year to discover the meaning of life.  Come on now, we've had long enough!

"holy crap.

to think these idiots get paid to be representatives."

I second that motion.  Combine the complete disregard for the seperation of church and state aswell as the total stupidity, how the friggin' heck do these guys get away with it?  It's insane.  Somebody should keep Finney away from that whiskey!    ???

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,15:33   

... and they tried to impeach Clinton for lying about getting  a blowjob.

*sigh*

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,15:56   

What would prevent a supreme being from using evolution as the method, I wonder? It appears that ID pushers think something does so.

Henry

  
J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,15:56   

Yeah.  I saw this earlier...un - effing - believable.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,16:01   

His website shows him to be a bad-ted-Charlie-churcher.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,16:03   

I could make some comment about how these things always seem to emanate out of Southern, or at least very red states...

...but that would be cruel.

Hey! It just occurred to me! What if they passed a resolution like this in, I dunno, California or Massachusetts, and the answer was totally different? How would we decide between these competing realities? Maybe stage a boxing match? A footrace? Or just a coin toss? Decisions, decisions...

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Mr_Christopher



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,16:25   

Senator Finney (no relation to Col Sanders) has an online survey that I have been having fun with.  Help him assess his 07 priorities by completing it here.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,18:28   

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How would we decide between these competing realities? Maybe stage a boxing match? A footrace? Or just a coin toss? Decisions, decisions...


turtle stacking competition?

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,18:57   

Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Feb. 28 2007,09:25)
Senator Finney (no relation to Col Sanders) has an online survey that I have been having fun with.  Help him assess his 07 priorities by completing it here.

I've put in my opinions. I'm sure he will value opinions from Australia

Michael

  
J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,19:31   

Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Feb. 27 2007,16:25)
Senator Finney (no relation to Col Sanders) has an online survey that I have been having fun with.  Help him assess his 07 priorities by completing it here.

Excellent link!  I wrote and told him that God wants him to resign immediatly for being such an idiot.

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Come on Tough Guy, do the little dance of ID impotence you do so well. - Louis to Joe G 2/10

Gullibility is not a virtue - Quidam on Dembski's belief in the Bible Code Faith Healers & ID 7/08

UD is an Unnatural Douchemagnet. - richardthughes 7/11

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2007,22:10   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ Feb. 27 2007,16:03)
What if they passed a resolution like this in, I dunno, California, and the answer was totally different? How would we decide between these competing realities?

Fist fight between Arnold and .....

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2007,09:36   

Quote (Ichthyic @ Feb. 27 2007,03:21)
holy crap.

to think these idiots get paid to be representatives.

The sad thing is that they are probably accurately representing their constituents.

I live in Tennessee, so hopefully he will care about my comments. I doubt he will, but it only took a few seconds of typing. Since most of the questions were about taxes and allocations, I phrased it as if I were a monetary conservative. (A "true" conservative.)

My comment: "Why are you wasting time and money to use the legislative process to debate the question of how or why the universe was created? This is a question that cannot be answered by a state legislature, if it can be answered at all be mere mortals. Please end this ridiculous waste of time and money."

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2007,10:35   

Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Feb. 27 2007,16:25)
Senator Finney (no relation to Col Sanders) has an online survey that I have been having fun with.  Help him assess his 07 priorities by completing it here.

Senator Finney's priority for 2007 should be:
[ ] Get a clue
[ ] Resignation
[ ] A nice rest in the Tennessee Home For The Bewidered
[ ] Boil head
[ ] All of the above

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2007,11:27   

Quote (JohnW @ Feb. 28 2007,10:35)
Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Feb. 27 2007,16:25)
Senator Finney (no relation to Col Sanders) has an online survey that I have been having fun with.  Help him assess his 07 priorities by completing it here.

Senator Finney's priority for 2007 should be:
[ ] Get a clue
[ ] Resignation
[ ] A nice rest in the Tennessee Home For The Bewidered
[ ] Boil head
[ ] All of the above

John - I believe the correct answer is "All of The Above".

Please have the Announcer Dude tell me what I have won today!

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Come on Tough Guy, do the little dance of ID impotence you do so well. - Louis to Joe G 2/10

Gullibility is not a virtue - Quidam on Dembski's belief in the Bible Code Faith Healers & ID 7/08

UD is an Unnatural Douchemagnet. - richardthughes 7/11

  
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