Grady High School biology teacher Anquinette Jones used a PowerPoint presentation linking evolution to Satan, abortion, divorce, racism, and homosexuality to teach the theory of evolution to her freshman biology class last spring, according to the student newspaper, The Southerner.
What? No mention of Islam, Jihad, or Atheism? Someone’s slacking.
One slide in the 52-slide presentation (I’m almost certain, and I have the degree in pedagogy to prove it, that the students lost interest after the first five) was an illustration that had creationism and evolution as two sides in the war between “good and evil,” with creationism shown as a force from Christ, and evolution from Satan. The illustration suggested that evolution is the reason behind euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, abortion, divorce, and racism — all social ills that are defeated by a belief that expounds racism and bigotry.
The PowerPoint presentation was rife with grammatical errors and odd illustrations that included a photo of Octomom, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The School Officials said that the lesson had not been “properly vetted” and was immediately removed after being reviewed. The illustration in question appears to have been created by Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham, who operates the Kentucky Creationist Museum, a.k.a, the laughing-stock of the country.
Parents were upset by the presentation; Robin Rosen, one parent, said that “I was offended, but more shocked and disturbed that a teacher in [APS] could get away with putting that in a classroom. Offended is probably the wrong word at this point; it is very troubling to me that a teacher who is in a position of influence over children in a public school can put something up [like the cartoon].”
While Jones said that the PowerPoint presentation originated with the Atlanta Public Schools, students said that Jones had brought up creationism and criticized evolution in her biology class before. One student, Lily Soto, told the Southerner that “She always had random comments about [creationism]. If someone would ask if we were going to learn evolution, she was like, ‘No, I don’t teach that.’”
Another student, Seraphina Cooley, said that, “[I] have gay parents, and [the cartoon] said that evolution caused homosexuality and it implied that to be negative, so I was pretty offended by it.”
Take a moment to bask in those responses. These students may have a future after all, despite the best efforts of creationists and Right-Wing Real True Christians. Most Americans support gay marriage and marriage equality, and as long as the right continues to shun it, the tide will turn against them. Tying creationism into hatred and homophobia, then, might be what’s necessary to destroy it. Thankfully, Creationists are already doing that for us.
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