Thursday, October 04, 2007

Tommy Bartlett's new "Death of the Enlightenment" waterskiing show?

Hi folks,

Here's what happens when you stop funding education.

From : Wisconsin Dells Events
[...] after several years of collecting artifacts and models, Mielke hopes to bring an intelligent design museum to Wisconsin Dells.

"Everybody is getting one side of this," Mielke said. "We're going to show another side to what people believe about dinosaurs."

So, we'll have a museum in the Dells showing that P.T. Barnum was right. There's a sucker born every minute. We'll also have our own a museum, one outside of the South, marking the end of the Enlightenment.

Maybe the FIBs will like it.

Normally, we could chuckle about this except, despite Supreme Court rulings explicitly banning creationism and so called beliefs in "intelligent design" from being taught in high school science classes, people keep trying to get away with it. People keep running stealth candidates and being elected to school boards (most recently in Grantsburg, Wisconsin) which then try to teach religious material as if it's science.

This doesn't do religion any favors. It's tantamount to teaching high school students lies about how science works.

Maybe students would learn to lie to themselves -- which is what it takes to believe creationism is scientific rather than religious -- or that spending money on education is bad for the economy and a waste of our time as a state in the Union.

I wonder if the Chinese are teaching their kids that scientific explanations must always take a back seat to their personal beliefs?

Ah, and for more of which, drop over the John Hawks.

Just wond'ring,

1 comment:

MorninStar said...

I know it's been a long time since you wrote this article, but in light of the ideology of some of those running for the school board, I was wondering if you are familiar with The Discovery Institute and their 'The Wedge Strategy': and their 'teach the controversy' campaign designed to promote evolution as a 'theory in crisis'.