I really appreciate the Sensuous Curmudgeon. His blog is strictly an informational blog on the controversy between science and religion. There is no debate. That’s not what his mission is. It’s merely to stay informed and the blog is a great resource to see what the anti-science crowd is up to.
He regularly posts about anti-science bills (now mostly thinly disguised as ‘critical thinking’ bills). I’ve talked about these before briefly. I’ll note that the latest attempt from Florida also includes statements about the history and context of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
When will these people realize that they lost?
Everyone who isn’t living in fantasy land can see that Thomas Jefferson was not a Christian. This country was not founded on Christian principles. It was founded on freedom, especially of and from religion.
How come they never critically analyze loop quantum gravity or something else that’s actually controversial?
No one stands up and says “under certain conditions Newton is flat-out wrong, we MUST teach our kids general relativity for them to be educated”
It just shows the religious motivation for their work. These religious people are really starting to get annoying.
We have real problems in this country and making people stupid isn’t helping.
President Obama has an interesting program going on at the White House. It’s called, advise the advisor. It gives us the chance to comment directly to the White House staff about our concerns. This weeks question is on education. I encourage you to get involved.
I conclude today with the thoughts that brought me to write this article in the first place. What do we do?
In evolution, a population of organisms has several choices when faced with massive changes to the environment. The population evolves, it moves, or it dies. (Remember evolution does not affect individuals, just populations.)
We are the unique (in terms of evolution) position of being able to choose which option we will use.
Pro-science/pro-reality people can evolve. We can turn the fight around. We must attack… politely and with reason. Even if we don’t win, we can show that the legislatures are not interested in reason and truth, they are only doing it to support their own religious bias (which, in turn, means we win).
We must stand up, everyone must write every legislature every time one of these stupid bills appears. We must write to state school boards, we must write to education committees, we must write governors and senators and representatives and we must do so constantly. [If anyone has a good form letter, I’d be willing to post it.] We must show them that the people of the US do not approve of flagrant violations of the US Constitution and that science and science education is the reason we have such a high standard of living.
The other choices are less palatable. I have chosen the place that I will move my family to (if they will have us). When the US sinks into religious fundamentalism (BTW: Have you seen this clown that’s trying to bring back the Joe McCarthy era? So much for a free country.)
I have no intention of dying, I have a family to support. While I rate it as a very low probability, I can see the US becoming a scientific wasteland of users and consumers who don’t understand even the basic principles of their tech (oh wait, we’re there already). We lose scientists and teachers and we lose innovation and even the ability to think critically. Then the citizens of the US become a slightly larger version of bees. Just do your job, watch TV after work, and don’t ask questions (oh wait, we’re there too… sigh.)
Again, I don’t see it that likely. What I think will happen is that Democrats all over the US will remind voters next year that the Republicans are in it for power, money, and control… not citizens. While I don’t agree with some of what Democrats stand for, I will do anything to keep Republicans out of office.
And if that doesn’t work… there’s always Czechoslovakia.