Iowa Rep. Won’t Back Qur’an Classes in School Because “The Bible is Different”

Feb 5, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

Iowa State Rep. Skyler Wheeler is the anti-science legislator who, last year, co-sponsored a bill that would have required public school teachers who taught evolution, global warming, the origins of life, or human cloning to “include opposing points of view or beliefs relating to the instruction.” Even when there was no credible opposing point of view. If a teacher taught climate change, Wheeler wanted her to teach climate denial, too.

The bill died in committee, thankfully, but Wheeler wasn’t done arguing with people about it. The graduate of Pat Robertson‘s Regent University kept pushing his anti-science ideas on Facebook and deleting any criticism.

Wheeler’s latest attempt at making Iowa as ignorant as he is comes in the form of House File 2031, which he co-sponsored and which we’ve written about before. It would allow public schools to teach classes on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament in order for students to learn (among other things) of their influence on “law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values, and culture.”

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5 comments on “Iowa Rep. Won’t Back Qur’an Classes in School Because “The Bible is Different”

  • Iowa State Rep. Skyler Wheeler is the anti-science legislator who,
    last year, co-sponsored a bill that would have required public school
    teachers who taught evolution, global warming, the origins of life, or
    human cloning to “include opposing points of view or beliefs relating
    to the instruction.” Even when there was no credible opposing point of
    view. If a teacher taught climate change, Wheeler wanted her to teach
    climate denial, too.

    In keeping with these principles, then, he would have teachers instruct pupils to wait at the intersection checking to see when it was safe to cross, and then he would require them to teach the play-chicken alternative of running across a busy 6-lane highway without looking. It’s called ‘teaching the controversy’, after all.



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  • I know this is risky territory, but we are going to have to go there one day and whilst IQ isn’t it, it should be a basket of capabilities, folk should know what they are trusting to, investing in….somehow…

    Any guesses at an IQ?

    I’d love the kidnap these people and test ’em.

    Trouble is, posting the two digit results would simply endear them more….



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  • teach classes on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament in order for students to learn (among other things) of their influence on “law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values, and culture.”

    Although I have no formal training in the field of education, I do here and now volunteer to teach this class! Yes, indeed, I can do one hell of a job with this topic even though I have no apparent qualifications to fall back on. I hope Rep. Wheeler won’t mind my atheist-feminist perspective!

    I propose a reading of various passages from the old and new testaments of the Bible, both in class and for homework. These will be selected for relevancy when we discuss all of the topics listed above. Our written exercises will consist of a compare and contrast perspective on these passages as they’re written as compared with our current writings by modern lawyers, judges, artists, writers, ethicists.

    Which world would the students prefer to live in? The old tribal theocracy where women and children exists as slaves and live in fear of the tribe next door overrunning them and killing and raping them? Yes there was art and literature back then but was it better than what we have accumulated in the centuries since?

    Bible values are put on a pedestal by these dullards such as State Rep Wheeler but their analysis is simplistic in the extreme. Let students give him some feedback about his biblical utopia that he would love to impose on everyone around him. Be careful what you wish for.



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