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December 20, 2005

doin' the right thing

These days it is refreshing to hear that a church-going, Republican federal judge (clearly "activist", however) has ruled harshly against the inclusion of the "Intelligent Design" curriculum in a Pennsylvania school. His instistent and colorful castigation to keep church and state separate included pointing out the "breathtaking inanity" of the thinly veiled attempt at proselytization. Could this be a breatheable hint of fresh air in an America otherwise poisoned by the noxious fumes of hysteria and rampant religious righteousness? Like Winston Churchill once said:

"The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives."

Because we've been through this argument before, we just had to do a makeover and try it again. I have two problems with teaching creationism in public schools. First, if we have to teach one creation theory in school, it's only fair to teach them all. That includes Athabascan Indian, Gaelic, Aztec and Hindu creation stories, among many others. If children have to learn about the Garden of Eden, then they should also learn about Thunderbird, Anansi the Spider, Asgard and Set. But really, there's not enough time to talk about all of these creation stories, so it should be kept out of school, and should continue to be taught in Sunday School. It is otherwise arrogant to think that the Christian creation myth is the only creation story to be told. Plus, I received a perfectly good religious education at Sunday School, including the story of creation (which I thought was pretty cool, from a sci-fi point of view). If a parent wishes to have their children learn about the Christian creation story of the world, they should enroll their children into Sunday School and pay Sunday School dues. It's that simple.

Gurl is still shaken from having seen that new movie whose title shall still not be mentioned. She said it was quite disturbing and emotional, and that she was still processing. To which I replied, "Yeah, I understand. I felt that way after 'War of the Worlds' too."

Posted by jimbo at December 20, 2005 3:14 PM

Comments

Sunday school? not every religion or belief system considers to Sunday to be the sabbath or otherwise-holy day.....

Posted by: zz at December 21, 2005 2:39 PM

my absolutely favorite part of this story is that the Judge who wrote the opion was nominated to his position by W.

Posted by: WindReader at December 21, 2005 7:02 PM

LIes .. all lies!

Dont you know that all of humanity comes from KOBOL and that in the days of the Gods, the Lords of Kobol sent the twelve tribes to live amoung the stars , after which they sent the 13th tribe to the sacred planet known as Earth.

Or was that Battlestar Galactica? Or was it Mormonism, I get so confused. ;-)

Posted by: Dax at December 21, 2005 7:53 PM

i've just been pissing everyone off by saying happy christmahaunnakwanzaa.

Posted by: myke at December 21, 2005 8:41 PM

That is a great Churchill quote that I never heard before.

Posted by: Jeff at December 21, 2005 9:43 PM

zz: the ignorami-people who're pushing this particular veiled attack on science, however, do go for Sunday, and this's why the argument's restricted to this alternative. It's pretty clear that the author, having mentioned Athabascan, Aztec, Gaelic and Hindu cultures already, knows the plain as pudding point you make.

He mentions it four times because these are the folks responsible for this foolishness. Myke: that's ChristmaHanukkwanzaa, right?

Oh, there goes my grammar-bitch reflex again! Happy Solstice, all! (Still Solstice on this side of the USA.)

Posted by: nick at December 22, 2005 2:18 AM

You know I still can't get that image of the burning runaway train out of mind. So disturbing and emotional...

Posted by: Andy at December 22, 2005 10:45 AM