Friday, August 05, 2005

My $.02 On ID 'Theory' In Schools

As near as I can tell, the only difference between the Theory of Evolution and Intelligent Design Theory is that you could, given about 10 million years of observation, have enough data to support or disprove Evolution. ID, as far as I can tell, can't be disproven by anyone but God Himself. And I b'lieve I might just shout myself hoarse before He bothers to answer a 'what's it all mean' question like that.

For a great rundown of why Evolution ain't as much a fact as, say, gravity see this column by Fred Reed. He describes my view of this hyped conspiracy here:
Third, evolutionists are obsessed by Christianity and Creationism, with which they imagine themselves to be in mortal combat. This is peculiar to them. Note that other sciences, such as astronomy and geology, even archaeology, are equally threatened by the notion that the world was created in 4004 BC. Astronomers pay not the slightest attention to creationist ideas. Nobody does—except evolutionists. We are dealing with competing religions—overarching explanations of origin and destiny. Thus the fury of their response to skepticism.

I found it pointless to tell them that I wasn’t a Creationist. They refused to believe it. If they had, they would have had to answer questions that they would rather avoid. Like any zealots, they cannot recognize their own zealotry. Thus their constant classification of skeptics as enemies (a word they often use)—of truth, of science, of Darwin, of progress.
So I hope our President will continue to take every opportunity to piss off the self-righteous. As for whether it will 'hurt the children', it can't hurt them any worse than high school math that is incapable of teaching students to manipulate and understand fractions.