Thursday, September 27, 2007

The thought police are alive and well and living in Iowa.

Steve Bitterman, a teacher at Southwestern Community College, Red Oak, Iowa, was fired yesterday after he urged his pupils not to take the story of Adam and Eve too literally. Bitterman was teaching a western civilisation course and often used extracts from the Old Testament as part of his lessons, but urged students to look beyond a literal interpretation of what he views as an "extremely meaningful story", believing such a reading would miss much of the poetic, metaphoric and symbolic content. After class, he also made the mistake of referring to the story as a "fairy tale" during a conversation with a student.The class was being broadcast to a second college in Osceola, Iowa, and it was a group of students from this class that reported Bitterman for "denigrating their religion". Bitterman's college has refused to comment on his dismissal, which it described as a "personnel matter".Speaking to Iowa newspaper the Des Moines Register, Bitterman said: "I'm just a little bit shocked that a college in good standing would back up students who insist that people have to teach that there were such things as talking snakes or lose their job."Clearly endorsing the good work of his former employers, he concluded: ""From my point of view, what they're doing is essentially teaching their students to function in the eighth century."

is there anything that needs to be said here. he wasnt denigrating anything. i thought college was supposed to get you away from your parents and surround you with new people who might have some different thoughts and who might actually get you to see something in a different way. you just have to give it some thought, you dont have to change your belief system. of course, iowa, being a red state is in the dark ages. they are right there with kansas. those students who reported him are very close to the taliban.

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