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Get your hands off my science text book, you damn dirty ape!

mojo-jojo.jpgMother fuck. One of my biggest pet peeves, in a day and age where there are a lot of things that get my blood boiling, are these hick mother fuckers who simply can’t deal with the fact that evolution happened. The fact of the matter is, you can reconcile science and religion if you are truly so inclined. But all across this country, backwoods mother fuckers would rather blindly believe the Bible as being literal text, accepting that Eve came from a mother fucking rib and that the dinosaurs are just God’s version of a senior prank (what, he didn’t have enough gelatin power to turn the oceans into a big flobbly bowl of Jello?).

The impetus for me getting all bent out of shape is that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed the Science Education Act into law, ensuring that Louisiana students will be able to have the tripe that is Intelligent Design stuffed down their poor unsuspecting throats. Specifically, the law allows local school boards to authorize teachers to teach things that critique scientific theories. However, as Ars Technica puts it:

Unfortunately, it’s remarkably selective in its suggestion of topics that need critical thinking, as it cites scientific subjects “including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”
Oddly, the last item on the list is not the subject of any scientific theory; the remainder are notable for being topics that are the focus of frequent political controversies rather than scientific ones.

It will come as little surprise to those of us who are truly capable of critical thought that the legislation is supported by a host of religious organizations, and the Discovery Institute (an anti-evolution think tank) helped write the fucking thing. This is only the first wave people, so buckle up and get ready for the continued dumbing down of America.

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It is truly sad that fiction is so easily confused with cold hard facts. The religious right makes this country look like a bunch of assbackwards ignorant fools. I was going to say "cavemen" but that would be an insult to our hardy ancestors.

Let's just hope natural selection is subtly at work here, folks. While the rest of us benefit from gene therapy and stem cell research, those religous righters can go off into a corner and disapper.

So wait.... when exactly did they test evolution? I thought that was part of the whole scientific method and all.

my brother forwarded me this nifty little chart that pretty much sums up the whole science v. faith debate.

Allen- it has been tested. using fruit flies and also bacteria, because their life-spans are so short and they cycle through generations much quicker than other species, it has been possible to observe them evolve in the space of a few weeks. In one example, a pathogenic bacteria evolved in to a non-pathogen.

If you teach one, you should teach them all. Evolution or Intelligent Design - they key to making an educated decision regarding what you believe is precisely that: education. Labeling one theory as right-wing hokus pokus is just as unfair as labeling another liberal atheist propaganda. Deliberate indoctrination into a single school of thought is wrong, regardless of what that though is.

Courtney -

That's ridiculous. The purpose of education, especially lower-level science and math education, is to have a standard of instruction based on accepted theories and facts. Your argument is like saying that the "theory" that 2+2=6 should also be taught, and then we can let the fourth graders, in their infinite capacity for rational decision-making, decide which is correct. The point is instruction, not discussion.

Also, your phrase "an educated decision regarding what you believe" is telling - science education is not meant to promote what any one person or group believes, but rather what is, in the observable world. Evolution "is," intelligent design is a "belief" (also known as "a bunch of made-up bullshit").

I think it was the late great George Carlin who pointed out that if he asked the audience to believe the universe was populated by little green men in flying saucers they would laugh at him, but if he said there was a gray old man in the sky who ran everything then that makes perfect sense.

Silly, in't?

Besides, The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the one true god. All bow down, people.

Electric Monk--I wish I could be optimistic as you are regarding natural selection weeding out the religious nuts, but I'm not. The same morons who oppose funding stem cell research because it kills "babies" will push/kick their way to the front of the line, should the research pay off (as in, result in cure for Parkinsons or diabetes). And they will be self-righteous while doing it. Because see, they are, and have always been, pro-life (while stem cell research supporters obviously eat dead babies for breakfast).

And no, they won't acknowledge the contradiction/hypocrisy at all. Rather like those pro-lifer women who had chosen to have safe legal abortions without having wingnuts scream/spit at them--and now want to take the right away from other women.

Rather

when people ask me what the main socio-political difference is between canada and the states, i no longer say "universal health care."

even though gay marriage and uncontested (for the most part) abortion rights represent the chasm between neighbours, the biggest difference has got to be the evolution/design debate, as it pertains to education. your anti-evolution lawmakers leave us scratching our heads like our monkey cousins.

Courtney: The reason that Intelligent Design or Creationism is not science and should not be taught in a science class is that science is "Falsifiable (ie, testable)" That means scientists bring up an idea and tell the whole world "okay, bitches, see if you can tear this one down!", and thousands of rabid, starving grad students spend (waste? :) ) years of their life doing just that. ID cannot be proven or disproven - for a hypothesis, you need to set up tests to DISPROVE it. Science is open to disproval, religion is not.

Certain aspects of Darwin's evolutionary theory were thrown out (he thought that something like the giraffe neck came about because that species just kept stretching it every generation), but the main idea of evolution has withstood 100+ years of scrutiny *until the next best idea comes along.* Intelligent design might explain the "why" (which is why we need religion), but it doesn't explain that "how" (which is how science works).

Intelligent Design belongs in a religious or philosophy classroom, not science. I work in a hospital and we see evolution at work every day, in the form of more resistant bacterial and viral infections. We also see faith at work every day, too, in the form of families, clergy, and often doctors who pray for the health of patients.

The idea of evolution is ALWAYS up for debate, it's not indoctrination, it's just the best idea to explain observable phenomenon. Since it's falsifiable, it's always open to being disproven (just has not been done yet). HOWEVER, Intelligent Design is not open to being disproven. ID is not falsifiable, it's a religious belief. So if you want it taught in our science class, could you tell me HOW does Intelligent Design work exactly?

Science and religion explain different areas of our world/ psyche, so I really don't understand why people feel the need to validate their beliefs by labeling it a science. Why don't they have enough faith to leave it as a belief? Even Pope John Paul II issued a statement saying that evolution and religion don't contradict one another. And that guy was "infallible."