Wanna see something scary??

Truth in Science has circulated material to UK schools aiming to counter the teaching of evolution in science classes. Some 59 schools in the UK are now using the information packs, which promote the notion that life on Earth was created through intelligent design, a euphemism for the biblical story of creation.

From New Scientist magazine, 02 December 2006

 So there you have it.  The theory of evolution has been outlawed by right-wing christians.  We knew it was happening in USA, but it now seems to be here, in Britain.  Personally, I can’t imagine many situations scarier than this.  That a minority can dictate so much, all for fear of speaking out against them (and therefore speaking out against the existence of an all-powerful, omniscent god), is terrifying. 

What’s next for the fundamentalist christian right?  Will they be joining the GM debates?  Will they be lobbying hard to cut science funding?

You know, I see these people as no better than Taliban or KKK, or other supremely rigid fundamentalist organisations, trying to enforce their dogma on the world population.     If we let the fundamentalists shape our lives, then they won’t be our lives to live.  This is a foot in the door, and it will only be forced wider. 

What’s the next universal truth for debunking?  That there is no gravity, God keeps our feet on the ground? 

That Third World countries are not to be helped, because if God wanted them to be strong nations he would have made them that way? 

That earthquakes are God smiting the evil? Which, incidentally, is why earthquakes never happen in god-fearing christian nations, right?

 What’s so wrong with a pluralist ideology?  Oxford English Dictionary outlines a pluralism as: “The presence or tolerance of a diversity of ethnic or cultural groups within a society or state; (the advocacy of) toleration or acceptance of the coexistence of differing views, values, cultures, etc. ”  I’m pluralist, and I’m proud to be.  As long as you accept more than one idea, you too are pluralist. 

If we start having just one view forced upon us (“believe or be ostracised!”) and, perhaps more importantly, forced on our children, how can our children grow to compete realistically with pluraist nations scientifically, mathematically, literally?  They can’t.  They’ll stagnate, they won’t excel in the sciences or mathematics, they’re culture will become increasingly introverted and bastardised.

How quickly would a monoidealist government screw up the country?  The best thing about the government, any government, is the ability to keep looking at new ideas whilst looking for the best solution for their citizens.  What happens in a monoidealist government?  A government that won’t accept any outside ideas or solutions, that won’t accept any outside people or diversity of culture? 

Some relevant quotes:

In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time someting like that happened in politics or religion.
Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996), 1987 CSICOP Keynote Address

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), “Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium”, 1941

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

There is more religion in men’s science, than there is science in their religion.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)


And finally…

I never told my religion nor scrutinize that of another. I never attempted to make a convert nor wished to change another’s creed. I have judged of others’ religion by their lives, for it is from our lives and not from our words that our religion must be read. By the same test must the world judge me.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)


About Miss J

Gen-x Australian female - out of my mind and my country. Cast adrift, as it were :) Enjoys: cat-cuddling, books, movies, music, theatre, travel, rpgs, cricket, F1 racing and all things to do with the sea..
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