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So, creationism, the idea that the Earth/universe/life/whatever, was made by God, rather than anything scientific, is fairly widespread here.  Not to the point where I'd say the majority of people believe it, but I did have someone say she was afraid of giving my son a book on science, in case if offended me.  Mainstream enough.  It's not something I'd thought much about, it seemed fairly harmless, sort of quaint, until I was looking at a little pair of pajamas, and realised that the dinosaurs on them went against creationist beliefs.  I guess they'd go against what paleontologists believe in too, since someone had managed to draw one dinosaur with four legs *and* two arms, but that's a digression. 

I'm trying to imagine being a kid or toddler without getting to learn about dinosaurs, or stars, or biology (beyond that God put people here), or, well, anything that's not in the Bible, or explainable by current scholars of said book.  I can't quite get my head around it.  People who believe that only things explainable by science they understand, or that's well documented, are valid, bother me too, but there's less danger there of taking cool knowledge away from kids.  This country gets to me sometimes.

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