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Islam and Terror

As Donald Trump continues his ascension to the pinnacle of power in the United States, the question of what will happen to Muslims (and others) is still unanswered. As we have a president-elect who has vowed to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., and who wants to create a Muslim registry, the question of violence committed in the name of Islam becomes an important question for those of us willing to fight for the rights of all to be able to answer correctly. Unfortunately, the conversation in the United States, at least at the popular level, has tended to be highly clichéd: Islam is a religion of terror, say Trump supporters, while those of a more liberal or democratic hue say Islam is a religion of…

Too many teachers reject or ignore evolution

Something needs to be done about teachers who simply refuse to educate kids. We’re not talking the anti-union, anti-teacher rhetoric of the news media and Republican officials. We’re talking about science teachers who refuse to teach science, specifically the scientific fact of evolution. These problem teachers – who openly flout the law – aren’t discussed by Fox News or right-wing politicians. According to a recent article in Science magazine, by Michael B. Berkman and Eric Plutzer, thousands of people employed as science teachers across the country actually teach their students “creation” myths – even though 40 years of court rulings have consistently upheld the principle that all kids deserve a real, scientific education. And, according to the courts, that doesn’t mean creation myths, intelligent design…