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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Reading about Allie reminds me a lot of being in middle school. I started growing my hair out, hadn’t hit puberty yet and have just very naturally red lips. I had people asking if i was a guy or a girl, a teacher saying I couldn’t sit in a desk because she wanted a boy next to a girl and a lot of questions that a somewhat shyer me as’t quite quiet talking about…

  2. From the first story;

    A columnist for the Nashua Telegraph (July 3, 2011) who interviewed Bergevin and Hopper about their bills commented, “My taxpayer dollars pay science teachers to teach science, not philosophy. Let’s hope lawmakers don’t try to get in the way.”

    Deliciously ironic considering that the ones trying to introduce philosophy into the mix are the lawmakers themselves.

  3. My niece, M, a super girly-girl who loves sports, is in kindergarten with a little girl I’ll call J, who was born a boy. My sister approached J’s mom after an incident in school just to let her know that she could count on her support. My sister is now friends with J’s mom and M and J have play dates. It’s so great to know that J and her mom have found a supportive community with my sister and niece.

  4. Amanda,

    Its upsetting to hear about another anti evolution law. When are these people going to give up? Creationists have already lost about a dozen major court cases, and they have to know that if this law passes, it will be challenged in court.

  5. From the article on the absence of evolution in New Hampshire: House Bill 1457,… would charge the state board of education to “[r]equire science teachers to instruct pupils that proper scientific inquire [sic] results from not committing to any one theory or hypothesis, no matter how firmly it appears to be established, and that scientific and technological innovations based on new evidence can challenge accepted scientific theories or modes.”

    A couple of hundred years ago, fixed creation was considered firmly established. Then people started observing things, and theorized that living creatures evolved, replacing the old firmly established fixed-creation theory or hypothesis with new evidence that challenged accepted theories. It would seem that New Hampshire’s dauntless legislators are biting themselves.

  6. When I was a senior in Nashua, NH’s, high school, our biology teacher told us the law forbade her to teach about evolution. (She was one of the best teachers I had in 16 years of schooling.) That was in 1960. I wish I had abandoned the so-called school, but when one is 17 years old, one’s mind is preoccupied with other issues.

  7. If you wish to contact the sponsors of the bills to stop evolution in NH:

    House Bill 1148
    Representative Jerry Bergevin (r)
    Hillsborough- District 17
    Phone: (603)668-8491
    Email: [email protected]

    House Bill 1457
    Representative Gary Hopper (r)
    Hillsborough- District 07
    Phone: (603)529-7728
    Email: [email protected]
    Gary Hopper has endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election.

    Representative John Burt (r)
    Hillsborough- District 07
    Phone: (603)624-5084
    Email: [email protected]

    Regards,
    Bob, who lives in Hillsborough county, surrounded by morons

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