NJ’s Gov. Chris Christie Playing Games On Creationism in Classroom
The New Jersey Republican has been on a tear since becoming governor, and his latest statements about education curriculum should raise eyebrows.
Gov. Chris Christie refused to comment when asked if he believes in evolution or the theory of creationism when asked at a press conference earlier today.He’s trying to claim that this is a local issue and not something that should be addressed at the state level.
“That’s none of your business,” Christie said.
Last week at a town hall in Manalapan, Chistie said he thought the decision to teach creationism in public schools should be made at the local level. He reitereated that position today.
“Evolution is required teaching,” Christie said. “If there’s a certain school district that also wants to teach creationism, that’s not something we should decide in Trenton.”
The problem is that this is a creeping agenda - and the fact is that creationism isn’t science and has no place in the science classroom. If you want to include it in a comparative religion or similar course - not in lieu of science, that would be fine, but the ID/creationism/young earthers are pushing to bring creationism into classrooms.
It’s anti-science and anti-technology - and considering that NJ is home to many of the nation’s leading biotech and health sciences corporations like J&J, BD, Stryker, Merck, and Imclone, among others, this will hurt the state’s long term prognosis.
Keep science in science classrooms.