Friday, February 23, 2007

new low in the evolution "debate"

I find it hard to believe anybody on the planet is still seriously debating the "theory" of evolution. I find it nearly incomprehensible that school boards are still fighting about it and trying to change cirricula around it. But I find it utterly mind-boggling that ignorant, bigoted state representatives are blaming the Jews for it.

A state representative from Texas recently spread a memo around the state legislature, endorsed by him but written by another elected state representative (from my embarrasingly backward birthstate of Georgia) explaining that evolution is just a conspiracy dreamed up by the Jews in their wacky Kabbalah texts and, as such, is just as unconstitutional as intelligent desigh. (Huh?)

As nonsensical as their argument is, WHAT IS UP WITH THIS ANTI-SEMITIC BULLSHIT? From ELECTED FUCKING REPRESENTATIVES! What country are we living in? What TIME PERIOD are we living in? All cursing and internet-screaming aside, we have to take this very seriously. To ignore it is to agree with it. I mean, seriously, why isn't this front page news? Why did I have to hear about it on NPR's Science Friday, randomly out of the mouth of one of the day's guests? Why did I have to run to an anonymous inside source (who is awesome and yet unnameable) for info and links?

If this disturbs you, learn more. Here's the link for the Texas representative's endorsement of the craziness and plea to his colleagues, and here's the link to the actual letter written by the Georgia representative. Feel free to check out the insane and bigoted websites the letter links to, you'll learn fun-facts like: the earth doesn't rotate! Nor does it revolve around the sun! Fascinating! This is definitely the "science" we ought to be teaching our kids!

And if you voted for either of these assholes, I have one word for you: Rethink. (Or, if you prefer: Repent.)

P.S. Please note the address for the Texas representative, Warren Chisum, on his letterhead. Feel free to contact him and tell him how you feel about his bigotry. Also note the really helpful invitation for "all *supportive* calls and emails" at the bottom of the Georgia representative, Ben Bridges', letter. I wish I could personally flood their phone and email with less than supportive messages. Won't you please help me?


Blogger Jeff said...

If your going to put up a post on something, please be more clear of your opinion on the debate. I cant tell if you are for creation or evolution.

If you are for creation, good job.

If you are for evolution, please 'rethink' the 'facts'.

I will bookmark this website and hopefully not forget about it, what with my bad memory and all. I would give you my email but what with all the bots and what not I don't feel safe publicly posting it.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These Texas people do not bother me at all. There are always going to be wackos in the world. It makes no sense to get all riled up about them--I have many more important things to worry about. Nor does it bother me if their teachings make it into the public schools. If parents are dumb enough to let that happen, they deserve what they get. Smart people know the truth.

7:12 AM  
Blogger reasonably prudent poet said...

jeff: just to be clear, i'm FOR evolution. every religion has its creation myth and if they're taught in schools they should be taught in a world religions class, not a science class.

anonymous: just to be clear, i'm more AGAINST antisemitism than i am against the so-called debate about evolution. you're right that wackos will tinker with schools, but when a bunch of wackos tinkered with the jews last century, 6 million of them were killed. that's what we shouldn't be silent about.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

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9:03 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Sir to me you are quite confusing, you are complaining about us wackos wanting creationism in school, but nowhere in the letter did i see anything about putting creation in, all I saw was getting evolution out. And they were doing so in a method called giving them a taste of their own medicine.

Also, let me give you a few quotes here from a dear friend of all of us, George Washington.

“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible."

"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his
will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors."

Now obviously this world is too far gone to get the bible in school, however I still believe it is proper to get the lies out. If you are too lazy or ignorant to see all the hundreds of points of evidence against evolution, then you really shouldn't be talking on the subject at all.

Ad by the way, what confused me is how you brought the Jews into this. Especially how the reason they were killed is because Hitler believed that his race was better than all others, he believed they were more evolved...He believed he was doing a bit of his own, "selection."

P.S. I deleted my last post because I messed up on a word, I was looking for an edit but instead saw this and decided to just re-post it.

9:16 AM  

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