Friday, October 05, 2007

W.T.F.? ! ! !


Science education in the U.S. is currently being hamstrung by extreme right-wing religious fundamentalist nutters trying to foist creationism - nattily dressed up as 'Intelligent Design' - on unsuspecting American pupils.

As if that isn't bad enough, we seem to have acquired our own home-grown anti-science nutcase who wants to drag creationism (which Spellchecker wants to replace with 'cretinism,' by the way) kicking and screaming into British schools' science labs! 8-0


'Discuss' Judaeo-Christian myths in R.I. lessons, by all means, but...


With reference to religion, this nutjob states, "I'd like science lessons to be places where teachers take the views that students come in with seriously"

Come on! Seriously? Seriously?! No science teacher can discuss non-scientific ideas, which have no basis in fact, in science lessons without seriously compromising his or her scientific credentials. Seriously...

Creationism (no matter how you dress it up) and science (evidence-based, tried, tested and peer-reviewed) are mutually exclusive. There is NO common ground.

It's not that science rules out the existence of a divine power. It just says, find me some evidence that can be evaluated scientifically and then get back to me. Till then, leave it to the priests and R.I. teachers. PLEASE ! ! !


Oh, they've got very good PR people, who're trying to sell it as: "Yes, but with a scientific approach you have to be open to new ideas." which is kinda hard to argue against - but... *shakes head*

So, so stupid. Reminds me of the woman who appeared when the Creationist museum opened in the States. "Everything in the Bible is true. 'Cause it's in the Bible." Uh... okay? So... all those instances where the Bible actively contradicts itself? That's not a problem to you, then?

For a bit of levity - visit the Unicorn Museum webpage. Or, you know, alternatively, search for 'stupid americans' on YouTube. I won't guarantee you'll be in a better mood afterwards, 'cause you'll probably want to bang your head into your keyboard every few seconds. I know I did... ;-)
Yes, this adherence to a book of hearsay is very worrying. I'd like to think 'common sense' will prevail, except that it seems it's not all that common.

It's particularly worrying that the nonsense is spreading over this side of the Pond. In the past, it's just been 4-wheeler Christianity - ya know, turning up at church on four wheels (pram) for the Christening, four wheels (limousine) for the wedding and four wheels (hearse) for the funeral...

Thanks for the link to the Unicorn Museum - most entertaining! 8-)
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