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Kan. School Board OKs Evolution Language

Risking the kind of nationwide ridicule it faced six years ago, the Kansas Board of Education approved new public-school science standards Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.

The 6-4 vote was a victory for “intelligent design” advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.

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In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.

Our country just redefined science to accomodate fairy tales.

What the hell is wrong with America?

UPDATE – Maybe there’s hope.

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7 Responses to Forward, to the Past!

  1. Jeff says:

    I saw that yesterday and spent the rest of the evening with an ignorance-induced stomach ache. Now I’m thinking that I should join in the re-definition fun.

    mathematics: n., the study of number, spatial relationships, and pattern, or sending Jeff money.

    sociology: n., the study of groups of people and their interactions, particularly with regard to preventing unholy gay sex.

    I thought I would enjoy that, but the stomach ache is back again.

  2. Mrs. Mancer says:

    Thanks for the UPDATE, which just made my day. I think we may be on to something here–I’m just glad that the “get out to vote against the thing that totally challenges your belief system” works for humanists as well as it does for bigoted zealots and their anti-gay-marriage amendments.

  3. CounterProductive says:

    What’s wrong with us you say? We’ve all heard the term Comfortably Numb. I would say we have always benn “Comfortably Dumb” when it comes to religion.

    Religion provides hope (of an eternal bliss, of justice here on earth and for eternity, etc.) to the disenfranchised, the poor, the uneducated, the lazy, the abused, and those who think questioning their parents core beliefs is disrespectful.

    Religion is an emotions-based shift in reality that eases some of their unmet needs, or provides comfort and security in times of emotional pain and uncertainty. It has the answer for everything, so of course people are drawn to various religious flavors. It gives an extra boost to joy when one does good. It provides structure over chaos.

    Believers are willing to be comfortably dumb and ignore various realities for their own comfort, and in their laziness to discover the “truth”. When attacked by us critical thinkers for various silly things religions promote, it rallies people into a groupthink we-vs-them mentality. Fear promotes religion. I believe those currently in power understand this human fallacy and are taking advantage of it.

    For the record, I can and do respect those who are religious if they are not in my face about it. But those people are rarely the ones who do things to get themselves in the news or in a “leadership” position in some religious group. What people will do for emotional security. Besides, if a god were out there, I would challenge any one of these supernatural forces who I taunt this very moment, to stop me from typing the rest of my messag…………….

  4. rone says:

    “Our country just redefined science to accomodate fairy tales.”

    No, just Kansas.

  5. Blasterhappy says:

    What do you expect from the setting of The Wizard of OZ! Damn those flying monkeys!

  6. Dave says:

    Rone: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/10/22/opinion/polls/main965223.shtml

    I see no evidence that Kansas differs greatly from the rest of the country in this respect.

  7. rone says:

    There’s a lot of poorly educated people out there. In 50 years, that should change. Except, of course, in Kansas, which so far is the only state to enshrine garbage as science in the state curriculum. Yes, the average American, etc., but our country has not “redefined science”. Just Kansas.