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:
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), “Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium”, 1941
There is more religion in men’s science, than there is science in their religion.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)