For Immediate Release
(Sioux Falls, SD; Wednesday, November 8, 2017) Sioux Falls Atheists announced their anti-religion indoctrination billboard campaign to help raise awareness for what they describe as “child mental mutilation” across America. In light of an 11 year old girl from India who just won a $25,000 award as “America’s Top Young Scientist”, she would never have been able to do this if she believed the religious teachings that run contrary to scientific facts.
Eighteen billboards were erected on Monday, November 6, 2017 across Sioux Falls, on West 12th, South Cliff Ave, and Minnesota Ave. The billboards, funded through a local non-theistic (atheist, agnostic, humanist and freethinker) and secular-friendly group—the Sioux Falls Atheists—deliver timely and poignant messages regarding religions’ indoctrinating children against scientific discourse and facts with anti-science claims such as there is no such thing as evolution, the planet Earth is only 6,000 years old, or that dinosaurs and human beings lived at the same time.
Dale Hemming, president of Sioux Falls Atheists, spoke openly against what he described as “child mental mutilation”. “The anti-scientific teachings espoused by creationists are outright lies and have no business being taught in our education institutions to our nation’s future!” said Hemming. “Some religious used to burn people at the stake for not accepting their “orthodox” teaching such as the earth is flat, that the sun circles the earth, or that the earth is the center of the universe.”
Hemming added, “Science disproved religious claims and it has demonstrated that religious pseudo-science is factually incorrect. By using the scientific method, it has been proved that evolution is true, that the Earth is over 4 billion years old, and that dinosaurs and human beings never lived at the same time. These are now accepted as facts and this is the content that should continue to be taught in our school’s curriculum, and not an attempt to covertly sneak religious beliefs and dogma through the back door.”
Hemming concluded, “When religions are allowed to teach non-scientific falsehoods to children, it leads to child mental mutilation. Teaching things that are unproven to children cripples them mentally, often for life. It leaves them incapable of dealing with the real world, and yet there are other countries in the world that boldly and honestly embrace and teach scientific facts. It’s the opinion of Sioux Falls Atheists that there are few crimes more deplorable than the deliberate mutilation of a child’s mind. It ranks right up there with physical or sexual abuse of a child, which also often mentally cripples a child for life. As there can be no excuse for child mental mutilation, let’s ensure that religion stays in the houses of worship, and out of our classrooms.”
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Sioux Falls Atheists (SFA) (www.siouxfallsatheists.com) is a home for open-minded non-believers such as atheists, agnostics, and humanists, and as well as other open-minded persons of non-traditional beliefs such as Buddhism and Wicca. SFA’s website provides news articles, statistics, movies, courses and books that relate to atheism, agnosticism, and humanism. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, the Sioux Falls Atheists have meetings and social gatherings where individuals meet, share ideas, and support each other.
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