It’s hard to believe that someone can imbue an eleven-paragraph essay with the quantity of ignorance that this asstard has. Hopefully he’s just raving for effect, something near and dear to me. But his convictions seem genuine.
I hate it when frigslappers refer to the “church” of evolution, spuriously likening an enormous number of well-established scientific facts to the blind faith and ludicrous nonsense inherent in creationist claims.
“If Pennsylvania wants to mention Creationism, or to require three years of French for graduation, it seems mightily to me that these things are the business of parents in Pennslyvania.”
Leaving aside the fact that one backwater town, not “Pennsylvania” as a whole, is involved in this skirmish: Facts are not subjective, something too many people refuse to accept or even understand. Science classes are simply not forums for the expression of any and all ideas. Those classses exist, so no one is being cheated if what’s taught in biology courses is limited to naturalistic material. But everyone is cheated if faith-based idiocy takes root.
The reason the courts get involved in these matters is simple — we’re a nation of abject morons that increasingly deserves to be carved out of the planet and fired in the general direction of Altair (which, come to think of it, would mark the Rapture and therefore make lots of fundies happy).
What if Pennsylvania wants to teach its students scientific “facts” about ghosts, the healing power of magnets, or the divine origin of natural disasters? What if they allow a vote in Georgia or Alabama as to whether re-segregating schools, or just lynching blacks outright, might be a good idea? What if Texas wants to make football mandatory for every male over the age of four? Lots of people believe in the utility of such shit; this is their birthright as Americans, but shepherding it into public schools is a different matter.
“I do not object to the content of Evolutionism. Some, all, or part of it may be correct.”
Good deal. How generous of someone who’s clearly and proudly a fifth-degree bumpkin to say that something 99.9% of scientists support might be correct. What makes objects tend to fall from the sky to the ground? Might it be gravity, or does the earth just suck?
Fred, like most Americans, can’t even distingush between abiogenesis and evolution:
“…an entertaining way to study the politics is to ask the Evolutionists questions that a scientist would answer…They are simple. (1) Has the chance occurrence of life been demonstrated in the laboratory? Yes or no. (2) Do we really know, as distinct from guess, hope, or imagine, of what the primeval seas consisted? Yes or no. (3) Do we know, as distinct from guess, pray, wave our arms, and hold our breath and turn blue, what seas would be needed for the chance formation of life? Yes or no. (4) Can we show mathematically, without crafted and unsupportable assumptions, that the formation of life would be probable in any soup whatever? Yes or no.
“…Of the Knights Templar of Evolution, none—not one—answered the foregoing yes-or-no questions. They ducked. They dodged. They waxed wroth. They called names.”
Evolution doesn’t touch the primordial seas or the chance occurence of life. Much remains to be discovered about the origin of life, but what’s known about evolution is as incontrovertibly true as anything can get. He doesn’t know fuck from phinola.
Victory by the good guys in the Dover trial seems all but assured, but what has recently happened in Kansas is a travesty. They should evacuate everyone with an IQ over 75 (which would only require two or three full-size school buses) and then nuke the goddamned place. (Admittedly, places like Oklahoma and Nebraska would probably not favor such a thing.)
Actually, the whole country is fast becoming a waste of space. Slack-faced, ponderous booger-eaters whacking their Bibles with one hand and dialing out for an XXXL pizza pie with the other. Again, they should be able to do exactly this and more if they like, but it’s not pretty to watch. Europeans — scientists and otherwise — are caught between titillation and horror when hearing about this ID garbage, to say nothing of our collective corpulence.
Other than these trivial things, two thumbs up to Fred’s essay.