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Friday, May 06, 2005

Nothing "Intelligent" About It

Rob over at Dirty Liberal Words has this to say about the hearings by the Kansas State Board of Education on including so-called "Intelligent Design" in science classrooms:
I have been trying to figure out what is the real motivation of creationists, because it is obviously not promoting good science. I think it is basically just a narcissistic arrogance. They'd rather believe that they were created directly from god, and not evolved from a monkey. Well, I'd have to say my response to that is nicely summed up by this fight club quote...

"You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."
The need of fundamentalists and others to have the details of the Bible accepted as empirical fact has always puzzled me. My minister Dad always used to say that if you can prove it, then it's no longer faith. Buddhists, for example, subject their faith to no such demands -- Buddhist teachers throughout the millennia have made up stories about the life of the Buddha to demonstrate their teachings. But Buddhists have a much more fluid notion of "reality" than the fundies, and nobody is going to take to the streets protesting the veracity of these stories, or lack thereof.

It is of particular irony to me that the need to have one's faith accepted as an objective truth is a left-brain impulse, the product of the very scientific, rational-oriented, secular culture that the fundies so decry. I'm quite confident that this impulse has little to do with faith, and a whole lot to do with dominance, intolerance, bigotry and ignorance. Let's not forget ignorance.

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