Continued assualt on reason in the Bible Belt

  It looks like the war of reason versus superstition is still going strong in the Bible Belt.  Take a look at this “gem”

Eighty years after a famed courtroom battle in Tennessee pitted religious beliefs about the origins of life against the theories of British scientist Charles Darwin, Kansas is holding its own hearings on what school children should be taught about how life on Earth began.

The Kansas Board of Education has scheduled six days of courtroom-style hearings to begin Thursday in Topeka. More than two dozen witnesses will give testimony and be subject to cross-examination, with the majority expected to argue against teaching evolution.

Many prominent U.S. scientific groups have denounced the debate as founded on fallacy and have promised to boycott the hearings, which opponents say are part of a larger nationwide effort by religious interests to gain control over government.

“I feel like I’m in a time warp here,” said Topeka attorney Pedro Irigonegaray who has agreed to defend evolution as valid science. “To debate evolution is similar to debating whether the Earth is round. It is an absurd proposition.”

Apparently the Kansas Board of Education has decided to put evolution “on trial”.  What the hell is that?!?  And people wonder why the US is losing its technological edge.  We have to be the only damned western industrialized nation that would allow such stupidity to occur!

7 thoughts on “Continued assualt on reason in the Bible Belt

  1. . The vulgar, indeed, we may remark, who are unacquainted with science and profound enquiry, observing the endless disputes of the learned, have commonly a thorough contempt for philosophy; and rivet themselves the faster, by that means, in the great points of theology which have been taught them.

    David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, 1779.

  2. “We’re not against evolution,” said Calvert. “But there is a lot of evidence that suggests that life is the product of intelligence. I think it is inappropriate for the state to prejudge the question whether we are the product of design or just an occurrence.”

    I’d have to say that this John Calvert is proof positive that life is not the result of any sort of “intelligence.”  Of course, maybe it does take some sort of intelligence to create people this ignorant.

  3. omg i cannot believe we are ven arguing about this…..why dont we teach the kids that cows are holy and that if u steal somethign or lie u will be an ant in ur next life? why should schools choose what to teach kids? we live IN science why do ppl try to deny it? well maybe i believe that the moon is made out of cheese… if i get enough ppl to agree with me can i ban schools from teaching about the ACTUAL components of the moon? think about it ppl… you may believe many things but you have to be rational and think abotu the education of the world .. oh and by the way i think u should knwo that america is the only country that is still having problems with religion and schinece in schools…..ironic much ?

  4. Darwin must be rolling in his grave.

    He doesn’t have one. He was interred in Westminster abbey. 

    smile

  5. I would consider sippoku if I believed my life had no more meaning for being in the state which spawned such idiocy.  However, I’ll simply curse at the bible belt and atempt to make some good of this shithole known as tennessee.

    I’d love to rant more, but the link doesn’t seem to work to allow me to get more ammo, sry.

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