Thursday, January 8, 2009

Oklahoma #1...on the Scam in 2009

Mark Oklahoma down as the first state to get caught up in the creationist "Academic Freedom" scam in the new year:

Entitled the "Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act," SB 320 would, if enacted, require state and local educational authorities to "assist teachers to find more effective ways to present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies" and permit teachers to "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories pertinent to the course being taught." The only topics specifically mentioned as controversial are "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning."

Gee, and what do all those topics have in common? Scientific problems? Nah. They inflame the religious sensibilities of those who believe humans were created special and ex nihilo by a supreme being for the purpose of inhabiting the planet and basically doing what we wish with it. This is why the resistance to the overwhelming scientific consensus on all of those issues is so markedly biased towards the religious, whatever sciency-looking trappings (ie, Intelligent Design) they may have attached to their views. Religion by any other name...

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