Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I'm hijacking this blog for a second to bitch about something. There's an article on Salon.com today regarding these idiots in Georgia who insisted that warning stickers be put on science textbooks saying that evolution is "only a theory" and as such is not a fact. Then, there's a quote from one of these pro-creationism nimrods:

Marjorie Rogers, a parent who does not believe in evolution, protested and petitioned the board to add a sticker and an insert setting out other explanations for the origins of life. "It is unconstitutional to teach only evolution," she said. "The school board must allow the teaching of both theories of origin."

Which implies that creationism is also a scientific theory. The definition of a theory is:

"A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena."

How does creationism fit this definition? Has it ever been tested? No. Can it be tested? Yes, and it has been thoroughly disproven. Can it make predictions about natural phenomena? Absolutely not. So, fuck creationism. It doesn't meet the criteria to be considered a scientific theory, which means it's a religious superstition (akin to the belief that the sun is really a Roman god in a fiery chariot galloping across the sky) which further means that it has absolutely no place in the secualr education system in America.

There. I win.

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