Saturday, July 17, 2004

Why is Rick Santorum involved in everything stupid?

I'm sure we all know that gay marriage will bring on the decline of Western civilization. Duh. What we didn't know is that Ricky is also a creationist, and by creationist, I mean one of the most ignorant people in America. Check this out:
When Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania introduced his amendment to the Better Education for Students and Teachers Act, he suggested, for example, that “where biological evolution is taught, the curriculum should help students to understand why this subject generates so much continuing controversy and should prepare the student to be informed participants in public discussions regarding the subject.” This language sounds very innocent; even Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts commented positively about it, hedging later when he discovered that Santorum’s amendment was itself a Trojan horse that would get ID past the gatekeepers of the public school curriculum.

The Santorum amendment, which was ultimately removed, is a good example of how the Wedge strategy works. It goes like this: Santorum, a conservative Catholic, adds an innocent-sounding amendment to a major education bill one day before the Senate is to vote. The timing and seemingly innocuous language make it difficult for anyone to get too worried. It passes, and public school teachers are required to prepare their students to be informed participants in public discussions regarding the subject of evolution. Public discussion of evolution in America, however, is basically the century-old “Darwin-versus-the-Bible” debate. To be informed about this debate requires knowledge of this controversy, which would require knowledge of the various objections that have been made to evolution. The most sophisticated of these objections, and the only ones produced by credentialed scholars, are primarily those of the ID movement. So, when biology teachers in public schools are looking for materials to “teach the controversy,” the first thing they will encounter is a full roster of materials on ID replete with Web sites, recommended textbooks, instructional materials and impressive guest lecturers.
The actual article is a little too generous to the ID movement, I feel. This is courtesy of the Panda's Thumb, linked below.

Also notice the Orwellian title of the "Better Education for Students and Teachers Act." It's no wonder that Europe, as of this year, has started producing more scientific literature than the U.S., with all the anti-intellectualism in this country. (Yea I know, why don't I just get the hell out if I hate it so much? I love America. If there is something I hate, it's anyone hell-bent on destroying the greatness of the Republic. That includes the imperialists, and the theocrats. I hate them because I love America so much.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Peter Parker said...

Word. I think its harsh that you imply (or flat out say i suppose) that all creationists are the most ignorant people in America. But other than that the teach-the-controversy campaign is ridiculous and the whole bring in sceince to proove the Bible is also idiotic. Creationists can't argue against science to progress their points and then attempt to use science to proove their points. You cant have you cake and eat it too. Unless of course it is your birthday.

July 17, 2004 at 12:54 PM  

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