Oklahoma Public School Takes Kids On Creationist Field Trips To Religious Zoo In Kansas

Nov 17, 2014

By Stephen D Foster Jr

An Oklahoma school is under fire for taking kids on a field trip to a Kansas zoo that promotes creationism and Christianity.

In what looks to be a clear case of indoctrination and a violation of the separation of church and state, Shiatook public schoolssanctioned repeated journeys to Safari Zoological Park in Caney, Kansas.

Normally, a field trip to a zoo would be a good learning experience because it provides students with an opportunity to see exotic wildlife with their own eyes, therefore adding to what they have been learning in science class. But these field trips didn’t just teach kids about animals. As it turns out, the zoo also served as a way to force religion upon students through the teaching of creationism, which drew a firestorm of criticism from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The mission statement of the zoo states their support of creationism and makes it very clear that their number one goal is to introduce kids to Christianity whether they like it or not.


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19 comments on “Oklahoma Public School Takes Kids On Creationist Field Trips To Religious Zoo In Kansas

  • 1
    Miserablegit says:

    This is just the sort of think we have got to be wary of with creationism. As they are finding it harder to brainwash children in schools, so they will try to vary their tactics by bringing them to creationist cult centres like this so called zoo.



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  • ” Alternative teachings of evolution ”

    I suspect bias in the media here. Or is just the ” fair and balanced ” approach? I did not notice one dissenting opinion garnered by the reporters as all the opinions were given by delusional-oids, people in the throes of delusion and ignorant of the settled law in this case.



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    old-toy-boy says:

    “Bias in the media” ?

    I don’t suppose you have read their mission statement of the zoo, it says –

    We believe that all we see and know was created by GOD ALMIGHTY. Our mission is to show the awesomeness of our God in the individual wonder and uniqueness of all His creation. That He has revealed to us through nature and creation that we are more than an evolved matter over millions of years, but made fearfully and wonderfully in His image, with an eternal soul. That through the will of free choice man brought sin into the world, but by the love of God he redeemed man back to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.
    Each person has a purpose in life being that we might help those who do not know or have not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Remembering that we will all take our last breath someday, and to live an abundant life with hope, knowing that God someday soon will make all things new.

    (Note the use of Capital letter for “him” “his” “he” etc.)
    Of course if you need further clarification, feel free to contact them at “ safaripark@terraworld.net

    Mind you they have some lovely pictures of white tiger cubs, (they call them pups but what do they know about biology).



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  • Some faith-head-biology illiterates have a theme-park fraudulently dressed up as an education centre! … And some teachers wearing “Faith-blinkers” are too dim and uneducated , to organise a trip to a proper zoology park!

    Must be the backwoods of Oklahoma!



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  • School district is in a suburb of Tulsa, founded by a Cherokee chief.

    Tulsa also has a zoo, in fact, a few years ago there was serious discussion of installing some kind of “Genesis sign” at the entrance. Fortunately, it didn’t come to pass.

    backwoods

    Oral Roberts University (Christian worldview) is based in Tulsa.



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  • When I went to elementary school in the 50s we used to watch “Moody Science Institute” films. They started out showing science then ended with a creationist commercial. In grade 7 our teacher shut off the projector when the commercial started. Students asked him why he did that. It was only at that point that I realised I had been swallowing commercials.

    Kids understand commercials — lies to get your money. It is wise of us to characterise evangelism as commercials.



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  • This is an excellent example, were one needed, of how religious dogmas perpetrate and perpetuate infantilism.

    “Suffer little children to come unto me…” Luke 18:16.

    Yeah buddy? And just look where it’s got us!

    Someone should have told him: on your way weirdo.



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  • bonnie Nov 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Tulsa also has a zoo, in fact, a few years ago there was serious discussion of installing some kind of “Genesis sign” at the entrance. Fortunately, it didn’t come to pass.

    It becomes obvious that creationist dunces, don’t know the difference between studying zoology, and keeping a pet-shop which sells or displays smuggled animals!



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  • The mission statement of the zoo states their support of creationism and makes it very clear that their number one goal is to introduce kids to Christianity whether they like it or not.

    They claim “25 years of saving endangered species”, but that is not compatible with their activities!

    http://www.safaripark.org/

    Book a birthday party Now!

    Get the zoo tour, feed sack and a wrist band that lets you get pictures with the hedgehog, giant snake, alligator, and giant tortoise, and go in with the kangaroo and take pictures.

    Having visitors with a “feed-sack” feeding the animals – is NOT how competently managed zoos conserve endangered species, – but using the “faith blinkers of self-deception”, who needs scientific knowledge about animals’ diet, ecology, or integrating captive bred animals into other populations??

    It is obvious that there is negligible zoological education involved, and the animals are simply there to draw in kids for the preaching agenda!

    And of course the other agenda!!!!!!

    .Join ANGELS For the ANIMALS.

    You can help the zoo grow! Your Monthly support will keep the zoo open and growing. All supporters will have their names on a sign and receive a monthly newsletter. This is a one year program. Any pledges paid in full can receive immediate benefits!

    Sponsor an animal and tell us what you want in return. Have a party, receive season passes, sponsor a school group in your honor, give gift certificates.

    Monthly Support:

    $ 20.00 ….. small animals, Lemurs, Coatimundies, Bengal Cats and Reptiles
    $ 30.00 ….. Monkey’s Vervet, Baboon, Macaque
    $ 50.00 ….. Wolves, Foxes, Black Bears, Red Kangaroos
    $100.00 ….. Leopards and Cougar, Grizzly Bear
    $200.00 ….. African Lions, Siberian Tiger, White Tigers

    I suppose the Vervet Monkeys , Baboons, and Macaques can study that endangered creationist species they are working to preserve!



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  • It appears there is no need for children to go to this cretinist establishment, as there are various zoos in Kansas with genuine conservation projects – some with regular hours and free admission.

    http://www.kansastravel.org/kansaszoos.htm

    The cretinist establishment it seems is a bit hit-and-miss for admission times!

    Caney, Kansas – The Safari Zoological Park is a private zoo, just east of Caney, Kansas, near the Oklahoma state line. Their hours can be a bit irregular and the zoo may not open during poor weather, so be sure to call and confirm before visiting.



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    Light Wave says:

    Is akin to a North Korea mentality in America….its so sad to see young and trusting minds being lied to and brainwashed with utter crap…hopefully they’ll realise the wrongs done to them and lies told to them and when they reach an age of reason and they might hopefully debrief themselves….its never too late to learn the truth….they just have to seek the truth from sources not previously employed to teach them.



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  • The mission statement of the zoo states their support of creationism
    and makes it very clear that their number one goal is to introduce
    kids to Christianity whether they like it or not.

    I think this speaks volumes of the intent behind this heinous act. If the religious are so confident of their beliefs and so certain that people will simply flock to them if they simply hear the message, why are they trying to enforce blatant indoctrination on children?

    Children go to field trips to science museums and the like to learn what we actually know about the universe, and likely use that knowledge in their curriculum. Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science…all courses that are necessary in school to round out a child’s education.

    Any religious course outside of comparative religious studies is designed to indoctrinate and serves no useful purpose in a public school. Worse, trying to learn some religiously zealous group’s interpretation of the bible in the form of a ‘zoo’ doesn’t even guarantee that anyone will get anything accurate from the bible itself (if such a thing is even possible). This is one group’s version of the events in the book as they see it and their attempting to push it on those who they feel are more susceptible to listening to authority blindly.

    Absolutely no good will come of this. How exactly did this get past the lawmakers in this state, much less this country? Separation of church and state exists for exactly this purpose.



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  • How

    The zoo is registered with Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

    FFRF intervened on behalf of a district family concerned with Marrs Elementary’s christian agenda.



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  • Wow! Have they gotta talking snake? The strangest animals in this zoo are the ones that think they are a great work, worthy of the attention of their own imagination.



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  • Stafford Gordon Nov 18, 2014 at 5:12 am

    This is an excellent example, were one needed, of how religious dogmas perpetrate and perpetuate infantilism.

    Indeed! The indoctrination in the “merits” of copying fallacious “faith-thinking”, actively discourages the individual from progressing to the maturing mental development of the adult reasoning stage, while retaining the objectivity of using concrete evidence as a starting point!

    Characteristics of the Formal Operational Stage:

    The formal operational stage begins at approximately age twelve to and lasts into adulthood. During this time, people develop the ability to think about abstract concepts. Skills such as logical thought, deductive reasoning, and systematic planning also emerge during this stage.

    Logic:

    Piaget believed that deductive logic becomes important during the formal operational stage. Deductive logic requires the ability to use a general principle to determine a specific outcome. This type of thinking involves hypothetical situations and is often required in science and mathematics.
    http://psychology.about.com/od/piagetstheory/p/formaloperation.htm

    I gave an example of Vatican childish circular thinking here:- https://www.richarddawkins.net/2014/11/american-bible-thumper-travels-to-scandinavia-freaks-out-after-discovering-how-secular-they-are/#li-comment-160939



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