I was thumbing through the internet this afternoon when I happened across an editorial at Tallahassee.com urging support for evolution studies in Florida public schools. I’m constantly losing track of which states prefer that their school children become the laughingstocks of the modern world by teaching them mystical fairy tales in science class, but apparently Florida is one of’em. On Tuesday the FLA board of education — which, if it’s like most boards of education, is little more than a cabal of aspiring politicians with scant interest in actual knowledge — will consider whether to include evolution in future curricula. They will do this amid a flurry of county-level “resolutions” against the indisputable 150-year-old thesis.
“Suddenly,” writes the editorialist, “regular citizens are experts in entropy and in what constitutes scientific ‘theory.’”
I chuckle when s/he points out that none of science’s modern godbag critics are “too worried about gravity, despite incomplete knowledge of how that works.”
Anyway, in the sidebar of the web page upon which this editorial appears is a remark by one “jenakle” who suggests that the board of education “just add Belief as a course…not as an elective, but a needed course.” Because this will presumably promote “tolerance, acceptance, and understanding.”
My response is “hyhyhyu7u7u7u8,” which is what is produced when all I can do is slam my forehead repeatedly into my keyboard. Belief! Pah. I’ve had it up to here with “belief.” “Belief” is a set of unfounded, emotional fantasies informed by millennia of culturally codified oppression and incoherent interpretations of natural phenomena, and is by its very nature antithetical to acceptance and understanding. This ‘egalitarian’ notion that science should be ‘balanced out’ with mythical literary debris dreamed up by ancient barbarians has got to go. Good luck, Florida.