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A shirt depicting the evolution of a high school marching band with a Darwinian twist gets drummed out of school.

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Officials at a high school in Missouri have banned students from wearing a T-shirt designed for the school marching band. The shirt, which shows the iconic representation of the evolution of man, has some Smith-Cotton High School parents in a tizzy.

"I was disappointed with the image on the shirt," Sherry Melby, mom of a band member, told a local paper. "I don't think evolution should be associated with our school."

The idea for the image was inspired by the band's theme for the school year, "Brass Evolutions." Each member on the evolution scale is holding a brass musical instrument.

The designer of the shirt is perplexed. "It was just a play on words. Who knew this was going to blow up like this?"




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drhaile September 2, 2009, 3:46 PM

reminds me of when the photo of arnold palmer handing jack nicklaus a fifty dollar bill came out. people said it was wrong to show it. let people decide for themselves already…

Kate September 2, 2009, 8:16 PM

“I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.” Seriously?

Oh man, there’s not enough wine in the world to tolerate some schools of ‘thought.’

Patricia September 2, 2009, 9:37 PM

Tell me exactly why wouldn’t the theme of evolution linked to an educational institution not be an appropriate association? On second thought for this particular high school Neanderthals would be a much more appropriate association.

Jim September 2, 2009, 9:44 PM

Is Sherry serious? Does she wonder why we are falling behind the rest of the world in math and science?

Paula September 2, 2009, 10:25 PM

If a girl can be suspended for wearing a pro-life t-shirt, this one should go too. No God in school, no Darwin. It only makes sense,

john September 3, 2009, 8:09 AM

Paula, I hope you’re joking. Evolution is the basis for all modern biology based on years of evidence and research and should be rigourously taught by any legitimate school. God is a religious notion only believed by certain people based on no evidence and is specifically forbidden (for very good reasons) from being pushed by government institutions.

Scientific theory is not, at all, a religious notion even if it makes certain faiths uncomfortable.

Anna September 3, 2009, 9:49 AM

people study biology enough that they will understand the way the world works, which itself is not anti-religion. Evolution has little evidence of truth to it. In fact, the main evidence that it could be true is carbon dating. That is a very lose pillar to lean on because we date by making educational guesses as to the the level of carbon around in a particular period of time. Since humans effect the world more then anything else and the population is greater then it was… possibly more or less then initial guesses meaning more or less carbon may have been emitted at a time. evolution is what it is… a shot in the dark meant to denounce the existances of a God for the glorification of mankind. Yea, i agree with paula

Robert September 3, 2009, 10:31 AM

@Anna

Carbon dating has noting to do with evolution. Evolution has tons and tons of evidence for it (fossil record, DNA) and has been observed in the lab and nature. Denying evolution is ludicrous since it is the best and only explanation of the diversity of life. 99.9% of the worlds biologist can’t be wrong, can they? Or are you smarter than them?

Anonymous September 3, 2009, 5:38 PM

classic ignoramus quote of the year:

“I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”


How about we associate ignorance with your school?

Anna September 3, 2009, 11:40 PM

@robert the best and ONLY way to explain nature…? for years people though the world was flat because clearly we would fall off the sides of the earth if it were round. Today we know more but, there are too many missing pieces to be so posative. What if there is a crucial law of nature we missed that changes everything we ever believed in? personally i would feel more confident in Pascal’s Wager then a bunch of “experts(basically our smartest of the smart studying on a particular subject)”. To answer your question, yes I do feel I am smarter the as you say “99.9% of the worlds biologist”(which 99.9% is a bit of an exaggeration anyway). if these scientists were smart and truly dedicated to finding the truth about how our planet functions they would be agnostic. As agnostic they would not be trying to prove anything they would be trying to find the truth. I know this, but they do not show any evidence of this knowledge by pushing theory as fact- therefore I am smarter.I will add that if i dont want my children being taught that bunch of self proclaimed monkeys with test tubes know all the answers i think that is my right as a tax paying american to refuse such typs of “education”. Guess what? I am sure you dont want your child learning that christianity is the truth- so lets call it a draw and leave such views out of the public school system.

J September 4, 2009, 5:05 AM

I fear for a world where a person says “I don’t want evolution associated with our school”. No wonder our country is going down the tubes.

And for the the “genius” who said if we can’t have Christianity then we can’t have Darwin. Holy Cat - teaching SCIENCE (not related to any particular faith) is a far cry from teaching a religion.

Mark Johnson September 4, 2009, 6:39 AM

The Tshirt shows a small trumpet.. where did that trumpet come from? Did it get here by random chance? The Tshirt then shows a medium different trumpet… did the trumpet change via random mutations, or did a Trumpet Designer decide to change it? This Tshirt is showing the handywork of a Designer of Trumpets. Do you agree?

mafme September 4, 2009, 7:18 PM

I wonder if it hurts to be this dumb.

The Bicycling Guitarist September 6, 2009, 9:22 AM

By the same logic, any depiction of a spherical earth on a school tee-shirt should also be banned, since a similar literal interpretation of the Bible makes it clear the earth is FLAT! Grow up Fundie Fools! If evolution DIDN’T happen, God must be a trickster to plant so much evidence. There’s as much proof of evolution as there is for the earth not being flat.

JulieD September 9, 2009, 12:35 AM

@Anna: the REASON Christianity is NOT taught in public schools is because of the SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE.

Or were you absent during your entire civics class?

Likewise, Sherry Melby is a walking oxyMORON: (“I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”)

Sheesh.

Thank goodness we moved from Missouri before I went to Kindergarden. What a blight on the educational system that place is!

Mark Johnson September 9, 2009, 8:05 PM

@JulieD If there is a separation of Church and State, then they should stop preaching the Church of Darwin.

rodonn September 11, 2009, 10:22 AM

Re: Pascal’s Wager - What if both the Atheist AND the Christian is wrong?
Then you get to what ever, and there is a VERY upset Wotan, and drinking songs drifting from the halls of Valhalla. Who’s he more likely to be annoyed at? The guy who never placed a bet, or the one who rode all their chips on the cult that spent its first 1000 years driving his followers out of existence?
One thing that amuses me, there is no ‘controversy’ among biologists or any other scientific group… only people who insist THEIR imaginary friend is the only true one, but the best that can be done is the sound bite nonsense of the Zealot.

PatF September 15, 2009, 3:58 PM

Mark Johnson, if you deny evolution, then you also have to deny gravity. After all, they’re both “just” theories. There is no “Church of Darwin.”

skb October 11, 2009, 12:27 PM

SOrry its late but i just had to commend on a few things.

The US falls behind in math and science, but has nothing to do with evolution. I have taken alot of maths, and I never encountered a chapter in math book where knowing evolution was so crucial!! Math is its own thing that has nothing to do with Darwinism.

Next, science also has nothing to do with the theory of evolution. Understanding Newton’s laws does not require knowing about evolution at all. I can study DNA, physics, math, chem, philosophy, language, and etc without needing Darwin. I hear these lies and I just get irritated because there are nearsighted. Darwin is as useless in academics as Hitler was to the world. We can do without him. But there are people we cannot do without when it comes to academics, those are Newton, Copernicus, gallileo, and Brahe, (there are more). Darwin’s ideas didnt help mankind at all!! FOr, example, we didnt go to the moon because of Darwin, it was because of Newton and the rest. We didnt discover penicilin because of evolution, it was someone elses idea. we didnt discover DNA because of evolution, nobody needed to know about mans evolution. We didnt make airplanes because of evolution, it was because of other ideas. Morality comes from a higher being, not from evolution. Sense of right and wrong are hard to explain darwinistically.

Evolution is just a stupid way to try to look smart, when the truth is it makes you dumb!

My question: How has it been helpful to mankind to know evolution? In order words, show me where evolution has aided the word. Like Gravity, thanks to Newton, helped us understand how to get to the moon. DNA helped us to understand our complexity and to help in identifying criminals. Study of planetary motion, thanks to Kepler, helped us to understand the universe and the solar system and to send objects to other planets. Sense of right and wrong, thanks to Jesus, helps us to relate and live in peace. It also help us maintain order in the world.

WHy something is wrong, or right, cannot be satisfactorily explained by evolution.

skb October 11, 2009, 12:29 PM

SOrry its late but i just had to commend on a few things.

The US falls behind in math and science, but has nothing to do with evolution. I have taken alot of maths, and I never encountered a chapter in math book where knowing evolution was so crucial!! Math is its own thing that has nothing to do with Darwinism.

Next, science also has nothing to do with the theory of evolution. Understanding Newton’s laws does not require knowing about evolution at all. I can study DNA, physics, math, chem, philosophy, language, and etc without needing Darwin. I hear these lies and I just get irritated because there are nearsighted. Darwin is as useless in academics as Hitler was to the world. We can do without him. But there are people we cannot do without when it comes to academics, those are Newton, Copernicus, gallileo, and Brahe, (there are more). Darwin’s ideas didnt help mankind at all!! FOr, example, we didnt go to the moon because of Darwin, it was because of Newton and the rest. We didnt discover penicilin because of evolution, it was someone elses idea. we didnt discover DNA because of evolution, nobody needed to know about mans evolution. We didnt make airplanes because of evolution, it was because of other ideas. Morality comes from a higher being, not from evolution. Sense of right and wrong are hard to explain darwinistically.

Evolution is just a stupid way to try to look smart, when the truth is it makes you dumb!

My question: How has it been helpful to mankind to know evolution? In order words, show me where evolution has aided the word. Like Gravity, thanks to Newton, helped us understand how to get to the moon. DNA helped us to understand our complexity and to help in identifying criminals. Study of planetary motion, thanks to Kepler, helped us to understand the universe and the solar system and to send objects to other planets. Sense of right and wrong, thanks to Jesus, helps us to relate and live in peace. It also help us maintain order in the world.

WHy something is wrong, or right, cannot be satisfactorily explained by evolution.



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