This morning, I awoke to learn that george bush (bushco) somehow escaped his handlers yesterday while standing in front of a group of minor-league news reporters. For the most part, I avoid talking about bushco on my blog because he often inspires me to suffer fits of apoplexy. But this time, I must comment because in yesterday’s interview, bushco openly declared war on science and intellectuals. In this barely coherent, meandering news story, we learn that bushco is now trying to direct the nation’s science education policy by claiming that
Bushco said he favors teaching ID to kids “so people can understand what the debate is about.” Ignoring a statement made on 5 March of this year by his own director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, John H. Marburger III, bushco compared the current debate regarding teaching ID in schools to earlier disputes over “creationism.” While he was governor of Texas, bushco was caught on camera several times, advocating that students should be exposed to both creationism and evolution, obviously forgetting that the vast majority of American kids are indoctrinated in creationism in Sunday school from the day they are born.
“I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,” bushco countered. “[If] you’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.”
Well, if we are going to be truly open-minded about this, bushco would propose equal time for ALL other creation myths floating around out there. But we all know that will never happen.
But the problem with this unexpected rush of phony open-mindedness is that bushco once again reveals that he grossly misunderstands science: the science of Evolutionary Theory is not about presenting different creation mythologies as if they are Flavors of the Week at the local ice cream parlor. In fact, there are thousands of peer-reviewed research articles published every year that provide yet more evidence supporting the Theory of Evolution but there is absolutely no scientific credibility, and absolutely no data, for ID/creationism. How long will it take before this simple fact finally gets through bushco’s thick skull? ID/creationism is pseudoscience; mythology dressed up in the lamb’s skin of science. In view of this simple fact, forcing teachers to present ID in a science classroom is a professional insult and further, is absolutely ludicrous.
But as usual, when confronted with more pesky questions about this, the news story reports; Bush didn’t seem eager to talk about the topic.
Gee, I wonder why? Perhaps because bushco didn’t want to be accused of pandering to the religious wingnuts’ crackpot agenda to make our nation’s future scientists and leaders into shallow cookie-cutter intellects by providing them with a third-rate education mislabeled as “science”? In yesterday’s statement, the bushco administration has once again confirmed their overtly anti-science and anti-intellectual stance and demonstrated the depths they will go to in their desperate attempt to protect their religious beliefs – beliefs they know are lies, otherwise they would never need to go to such ridiculous lengths to protect them.
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