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Readers ridicule call for creationist teachings

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Online readers were overwhelmingly opposed to a school trustee candidate's call for creationism to be taught in public schools.

Candace Maxymowich is a perfect example of why the voting age should be raised to 21.

-- keener1

I think it should be legal to publish the name of anyone that votes for her.

-- Graymalkin

Does she know it's 2014 and not 1914?

-- OBSERVER6

There is a school that teaches creationism -- it's called church. Thankfully, it's voluntary. School should be teaching science, of which there is little in creationism.

-- S Holmes

The problem with teaching elements from religion in public schools is how do you decide which religion is chosen? Christianity is no longer so dominant a choice in society, and even if it were, then which sect? There is a wide divergence of teachings even under the Christian banner. Many interpretations of the Christian Bible exist: Not every religion subscribes to the 6,000-year-old Earth notion (can't even call it a theory). If you want to argue for fair treatment of all religious beliefs in public schools, the only solution is to keep religion out of public schools. If you want to ensure your kids are taught your beliefs, then send them to a school that teaches them your beliefs.

-- Family Guy

Send your children to a private school if you want them to learn about religion, or teach it at home and at church. Not at public schools.

-- EmeraldWish

We teach politics in schools, but the teachers and students don't need to belong to a political party. Why, then, could we not study a myriad faiths in schools without advocating one in particular? Everyone, religious and non-religious, should welcome an opportunity to teach others about their beliefs in the neutral setting a school can provide. And, likewise, to learn from others. Setting aside, for a moment, arguments concerning money and time spent away from core subjects, the idea would be objectionable only to those whose core values leave them feeling insecure. It's not a new idea. Growing up, I attended a church that, every week, travelled the city to view and discuss the service of a different faith. Those experiences have served me very well in life.

-- Prayer E. Dogge

Is Candace Maxymowich going to get Stockwell Day to lecture on how man lived with the dinosaurs?

-- 23702312

We have religious freedom in this country, and that means freedom for all religions and freedom from religion. Those who wish to partake in religion can go to church. If one wishes to do so, one can send one's children to a (publicly subsidized) private school that teaches creationism. We live in a democracy, not a theocracy. If the religious "theory" of creationism was taught in all public schools it would be an imposition on those of us who prefer to be free of religion.

-- 23698142

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 24, 2014 A10

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