Is Teaching Creationism Child Abuse?

I really really hate it when people empty words like “rape”, “slavery”, “abuse”, etc. out of all meaning by using them in ridiculous and even offensive contexts. 

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss recently doubled down on his claim that teaching creationism to children was a form of child abuse during an appearance on the “The Weekly,” an Australian satirical TV news show.

No, having to get up in the morning and go to work is not rape or “like rape.” No, sitting on your ass in a comfortable, air-conditioned office checking your Facebook feed is not slavery. And teaching creationism is not child abuse. There is not a single person, I can guarantee you, who is sitting in an analyst’s office today, trying to resolve the problems caused by exposure to creationism. 

Maybe Mr. Physicist should limit himself to physics and abstain from making pronouncements on child psychology, which is obviously a subject that is deeply alien to him.

4 thoughts on “Is Teaching Creationism Child Abuse?”

  1. Why is it that the same people who compare everything which isn’t rape, slavery and abuse to rape, slavery and abuse automatically freak out when you call rape, slavery and abuse by its name?

    It’s never anything adjacent, it’s always something that’s not even in the same realm. For example someone will say paying taxes or losing a video game is “getting raped” but if you say fucking someone who is asleep, in a coma or that you know is blackout drunk is rape, that same person will protest vigorously.

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    1. “Why is it that the same people who compare everything which isn’t rape, slavery and abuse to rape, slavery and abuse automatically freak out when you call rape, slavery and abuse by its name?”

      • GREAT observation!!!

      “For example someone will say paying taxes or losing a video game is “getting raped” but if you say fucking someone who is asleep, in a coma or that you know is blackout drunk is rape, that same person will protest vigorously.”

      • So true.

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  2. I would say that teaching a child creationism is a violation of the child’s rights to an accurate education that will enable him or her to function in this society; I consider it along the lines of all religious indoctrination. I don’t know if you want to call it abuse, but I probably would. Brainwashing or gaslighting or indoctrination or lying, perhaps? Creationism seems also to go hand-in-hand with evangelical Christianity, and there are all sorts of abuse going on in fundamentalist families (and kids do grow up and sometimes seek therapy). So perhaps kids learning about creationism is an indicator that other forms of abuse are also going on.

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    1. In and of itself, exposing children to their ideology is what all parents do and it’s entirely harmless. Nobody can avoid doing it or should try. Abuse exists just as much in fundamentalist as in atheist families. It lies in a different plane from ideology, and these planes don’t intersect.

      Example: in the USSR, everybody was an atheist and nothing but evolution was taught. But I know few other modern societies where child abuse were as rampant. Obviously, the abuse wasn’t cause by atheism or the teaching of evolution. It exists on an entirely different plane. These things never intersect.

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