Pat Robertson said in November of 2005 that, disaster may strike a Pennsylvania town because "they voted God out the city" having ousted school board members who favored teaching intelligent design.
Strange cuz, Hurricane Gustav is currently raining down upon Louisiana and that state just made Louisiana SB 733 a law. This would allow teachers to bring supplemental material into classes to "help" teach evolution, global warning, and the origin of life. Seems like the big guy upstairs would give the state a pass on this one.
The "Science Education Act" has been sponsored by Sen. Ben Nevers the same guy who, in 2001, voted "in favor of a measure declaring Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution to be the cause for racism."
...So you can tell the kind of intelligent people we are dealing with here.
"Nine of the nation's most prestigious scientific societies sent letters to the governor asking him to veto the bill."
Goddamn people. Why cant we get past shit like this? How many times do the founding fathers need to be trotted out with quotes like "Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man" from Jefferson, "Lighthouses are more useful than churches" from Franklin, and referring to the cross, "Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced" from John Adams.
Oh and yes, this from the constitution, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." That means, no matter how much you want to, you cant put the ten commandments in the courthouse, you cant have prayer in school, and you cant teach creationism in science class.
Aside from how completely against the law it is...there is another reason not to teach ID in classrooms. It is wrong. The fact that there are complex organisms in the world doesnt point to a designer. Suggesting that there isnt a designer doesnt mean that we evolved out of chance. The two choices arent Design and Chance. They are Design and Natural Selection and only one is even probable.
However, that isnt even my problem. People will choose to believe what they want and i am not here to change their minds. What bothers me is that religion has no place in science. No place at all.
This bill will be overturned in court, like they all are, and another will be signed in its place. But it makes me wonder, why do we go through all this? Why cant people just keep their religious opinions out of schools? They are free to teach their kids whatever they want as the grow up. They can pull them out of public school and send them to a private school where everyone prays and sings hymns and so forth.
Why keep fighting this fight? Especially when you always loose.
Please see Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, The Selfish Gene, et al. for further inspiration.