evolution, religious right

Reality – Open to Interpretation?

So, in a perspicacious nod to the acceptance of reality and denial of supernatural causes, the Kansas Board of Education has rewritten the science standards to exclude reference to the ‘questionable’ nature of evolutionary theory.

Of course, this news is not greeted with joy by all sides – the god-fascist press (I hate to even acknowledge this as a viable phrase) have the opinion that pro-evolution scientists, as well as the sane members of the School Board are ‘Narrow minded’:

“Don’t expect the ‘mainstream’ media to notice the biting irony here: The people they like to portray as the champions of free inquiry and scientific literacy are the very ones trying to dumb-down science curricula in order to suppress information they find uncomfortable…Fortunately, Americans still have the freedom to investigate the truth for themselves, which is why the Darwinists’ current strategy will be such a loser over the long term…Trying to stamp out the discussion of ideas you don’t like is a sign of insecurity, and thoughtful people will eventually see through such tactics.”

Yeah. And presuming that one supernatural being, in particular your favourite supernatural being, not all those other ones, made everything is a very enlightened idea.

I don’t know which makes me madder: the idea that the zombie christ worshippers can even think to characterize scientists and their work as an underhanded ‘tactic’, or framing the assertion of science in science classes as somehow inhibiting freedom. What’cha got there, Billy Bob, ain’t science, or even legitimate knowledge – it’s superstition.

Look, I’m all for people kissing the cosmic butt of whichever fake construct of human consciousness you please. Don’t expect me to calmly accept it, however, when you decide to assert that natural examination of the natural world is somehow lacking something. I’m not missing some subtle inference of supernatural influence or missing the deific ‘paint-by-numbers’ guide for the world around me. I’m using the right methods for the right result. The tool of science is the appropriate one to explain the phenomena of the natural world with minimal bias or dogmatic intrusion.

Imposing god on nature constitutes the dulling of Occam’s Razor. If I have to accept the existence of an all-powerful entity in order to explain a leaf, I don’t want to explain it at all – I’m just looking to comfort myself because I don’t understand it, and it frightens me.

I don’t come to your church, spill your crack and chase away your male prostitute*, then tell you you’ve picked the wrong horse or pantheon thereof. Don’t come to me and try to tell me that I’m narrow-minded because I don’t accept your even narrower, tribal and childish view of the world. If the United States wants to fall further behind the rest of the world in science and technology because they refuse to let go of their invisible security blanket, that’s just fine with me.

Just don’t come knocking on the border when your prayers aren’t answered.

*This sentence was a lot worse originally. Trust me.

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