Sunday, January 8, 2012

Anti-Evolution Thugs Try Again in Indiana

Here we go again.

An Indiana State Senator named Dennis Kruse (Republican - as if you couldn't figure that out on your own) filed Senate Bill 89 in both the Senate and the Committee on Education and Career Development, which states the following:
"Sec. 18. The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."
In other words, since he and his religious thugs have absolutely no evidence of a supernatural creation, they decide instead to impose themselves on classrooms by using the government of the State of Indiana.  For a group that preaches small government, they sure put a lot of effort into doing the exact opposite.

Kruse's career seems to be littered with this kind of nonsense.  According to the National Center for Science Education, while Senator Kruse was serving as a State Representative in 1999, he pledged to introduce a law that removes the Theory of Evolution from the state's science standards.  And true to his word, he tried House Bill 1356 in 2000 and House Bill 1323 in 2001.  Neither of these bills made it out of committee of course, but Kruse has decided to maintain his commitment to the cause by submitting the exact same bill to the Senate without so much as a change in wording.

I simply do not understand the anti-intellectual mentality of the religious right.  If there was any evidence for your biblical fairy tale whatsoever, scientists would have no problem at all including it in a high school science book.  Thus, you shouldn't need to pass a law to have your myth of the origin of life included in a textbook.  If you provide the evidence, then it should be able to stand on it's own merit.

Plus, it's bad enough that there are adults that lack the maturity to go research the science themselves, but to have people that center their collective careers on making our nation's children live in forced ignorance... THAT'S what should be against the law.

Finally, as much as I agree with the thought that this kind of legislation breaches the Constitution, that shouldn't even matter.  Why?  Because there is no such thing as creation science!  It makes me nauseous to think that religious fundamentalists have been saying this catchphrase for so long that it's starting to leak into everyday jargon.  "Creation Science" is the very definition of an oxymoron, and it shouldn't even need to be used when refuting these idiotic lawmakers that are trying to force their religious dogma on their constituency.

*** UPDATE:  Politicians in Missouri have introduced House Bill 1227 that would require, "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design."

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