Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Science?! We Don't Need No Stinkin' Science!
In the latest chapter of the Bush administration's ongoing War on Science, President Bush has come out in favor of the teaching of the "intelligent design" theory of the Earth's creation. "I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," Bush said. "You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes."
This is yet another bold initiative from a bold leader, and one that shouldn't simply be confined to the science classroom. In all other fields, we should apply the same approach, teaching side-by-side the theory that all the experts agree on, and the theory that some ill-educated mouthbreather believes in. If we don't, then we'll be guilty of persecuting Christians. Again.
In history class, for instance, we should teach that the North won the Civil War, and then that the South won, and let the students decide. Teach students that FDR led Allied forces to victory over Adolf Hitler, and then teach that he led the A-Team to victory over Col. Decker, and let the students decide. Teach them that Martin Luther King delivered his powerful "I Have a Dream" speech, and then that he delivered the powerful guitar solo in Aerosmith's "Dream On" and let the students decide.
Seriously, I don't know about you all, but between the creationism, the denial of global warming, and all the stem cell stuff, I'm really looking forward to my geriatric days, when my doctor will tell me we have two course of treatment to heal my broken hip -- saying the rosary or a good, old-fashioned leeching.
(For more thoughts on this nonsense, check out a classic post from Norbizness. Now with 100% more Tom Wopat!)
Update: Wonkette has a brilliant line on this mess: "Teaching it as 'alternative' to evolution is a little like teaching magic as an alternative to physics, which at least would at least explain the president's belief in the missile defense program."