If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Christian war against science education continues where I live in Florida.

Florida's new public school science standards are perhaps the best of America. Our old science standards didn't mention the word "evolution" and those standards were given the grade F for fail. Despite massive crying from Florida's Christian assholes the new science standards (written by the experts, scientists and science teachers) which make evolution one of the big ideas of science were successfully implemented with virtually no changes.

Did this experience convince our Christian scum to shut the fuck up? Of course not. Our state government is once again trying to destroy science education to defend the Christian death cult.

One of our politicians, an asshole for Jeebus, said "If you're going to teach evolution, then you have to teach the other side so you can have critical thinking."

Translated that means:

"If you're going to teach SCIENCE, then you also have to teach MAGIC so you can have critical thinking."

By the way if you're a pro-science Christian you should be ashamed of yourself. If you had any sense of decency you would throw out your anti-science cult.

Antievolution legislation in Florida

Senate Bill 1854, introduced in the Florida Senate on March 5, 2011, would, if enacted, amend a section of Florida law to require "[a] thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution" in the state's public schools. The bill is sponsored by Stephen R. Wise (R-District 5), who in February 2009 introduced SB 2396 (PDF), which would have amended the same section of Florida law in the same way. Before Wise introduced SB 2396, he announced his intention to introduce a bill requiring "intelligent design" to be taught in Florida's public schools. "If you're going to teach evolution, then you have to teach the other side so you can have critical thinking," he told the Jacksonville Times-Union (February 8, 2009). Wise acknowledged that his bill was likely to invite a legal challenge, but contended, "Someplace along the line you've got to be able to make a value judgment of what it is you think is the appropriate thing." Evidently he changed his mind about how to accomplish his goal, since "intelligent design" was not mentioned in the bill. SB 2396 was denounced as "an insult to citizens who are tired of stomping over the same ground over and over again" by Florida Citizens for Science and described (PDF) as "a deliberate attempt to undermine the adopted science standards" by the Florida Academy of Sciences. On May 1, 2009, the bill died in committee when the legislature adjourned. SB 1854 is the eighth antievolution bill introduced in a state legislature in 2011.

2 comments:

  1. "If you're going to teach evolution, then you have to teach the other side so you can have critical thinking."

    The correct translation is:

    "If you're going to teach evolution, then you have to teach superstitious bullshit, because it scares the hell out of us that the next generation to be leading the country won't be sufficiently brainwashed. If they aren't religious, they will be harder to dominate, harder to separate from their cash, and harder to convince to go to foreign lands and blow brown people into red mist."

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  2. "critical analysis" could mean "explain all the reasons why it's right"

    And teaching "critical thinking" could be interpreted as "introduce students to religious fairy tales and explain why they're bullshit"

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