|Take the red pill, Neo!|
Islamicists have been getting a lot of bad press lately, but maybe it's time to
give them a bit of a break and go after the fundamentalist Christians.
And what better opportunity than the idiocy over whether Intelligent Design
should be taught in US schools?
For the uninitiated, intelligent
design is the notion that the human body is too complicated to be the
product of mere chance mutations, and therefore must have been designed by some
greater being. The word 'God' of course is never mentioned, but it doesn't take
a degree in logic to make this step.
Creationism is for people who are too stupid to accept that they descended from
monkeys, and today those stupid people have received a slap on the fig leaf by
Judge John E. Jones III, who ruled that intelligent design is
religious and that its inclusion in public school violates the [USA]
constitutional separation of church and state.
elites of course all support this decision, because they recognize
Intelligent Design for what it is - God
bothering masquerading as science. Any self respecting
rational human would
object to this being taught in schools as an alternative to Darwinian
evolution. Wouldn't they?
Well maybe not. Maybe this is just a stupid argument to have. If people
want to teach their children that a man called Adam spontaneously appeared some
6000 years ago hiding his excitement under a fig leaf then what's the problem?
And if people want to pay others to teach this to their children, what's the
problem? And if they want their children to be taught this at school then
.. well .. what's the problem?
A voucher system would leave it up to the parents to decide what kind of school
to send their children to. Some would choose schools with a strict 3 'R's curriculum, some
would choose schools with a deep commitment to political correctness, WIMMIN!'s
Studies, creationism or stamp collecting. Et viva la difference.
The problem, of course, is the collectivist notion that
all children have to be taught the same thing. We can't leave it up to
mere parents to decide what the schools should teach - only a powerful
could make that decision. And no matter how disgusted someone is with the
government's decision, they would prefer to fight to control government policy
than to simply promote a system which allows them to make their own decisions.
It is ironic that the symbol for creationism is also the symbol for human
choice. Christians are adamant that God gave Adam free choice - he, like the
rest of us, was free to sin. But so many are so adamant that force should be
used to stop others making mistakes. The inspiration that lets them know how to
stop others making the wrong decisions about their lives - it must be truly