I’ve got to stop distracting (and angering) myself by reading about debates between scientists and creationists and get to some actual work. The problem is, science is actually being attacked in some states (most recently, Colorado) to try and allow non-science to be taught as an alternative to science – IN SCIENCE CLASSROOMS!
Will these people allow a scientist to teach an alternative to their theology from the pulpit? I doubt it. When they do, maybe there is something then to discuss.
I’m tempted here to make a disclaimer so as not to accidentally insult any of my FB Friends or Below Zero | Above Infinity readers who understand the differences between science and theology and the many who can actually reconcile the two (as many leading scientists can), but I think those people are intelligent enough to understand this isn’t an attack on their beliefs, but my frustration and inability to understand idiocy and bigotry.
Sadly, Phil Plait, in his blog, all but accuses that the bill would’ve gone through if not for the fact that the committee which had to approve it before it could move on to the House was comprised solely of democrats.
I’m registered a democrat, though my actual beliefs lie on both sides of the spectrum, as do a lot of the beliefs of other democrats AND republicans who I consider friends. Granted, it is different when you get to the party members actually holding offices in state and federal levels, but I like to believe (perhaps foolishly) that not all republicans are “bad” just as I know not all democrats are “good.”
Here are a couple links to give you a few details on the Colorado bill, which was thankfully shot down. Dare I say it’s natural selection?
- “Bad Astronomy” blog by Phil Plait
- In Colorado, Darwin Activists Fight Academic Freedom With Gross Misinformation
- Read the bill and make your own judgement: Colorado HB 13-1089 (pdf)