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    Thursday, September 01, 2005

    Religion Is The New Sex: Teaching Creationism Redux


    Fred at Stone Court actually agrees with me!

    I may hate myself tomorrow for saying this, but what would happen if we allowed "intelligent design" -- hell, creationism! -- to be taught in schools "alongside" evolution. The number of people accepting the scientifically uncontroversial theory of evolution could hardly go down -- it's at 26% already. By not teaching ID, however, schools risk sending the message that science somehow "can't deal with" it. On the other hand, at least some science teachers -- maybe most -- will adress the real evidence on the topic, and students may be more likely to realize there's nothing to ID.

    And, unlike every other blogger out there, Fred actually addresses the rest of the survey:

    Consider also the following findings:

    - Support for a constitutional amendment banning flag burning has declined from 65% to 54% since 1989.

    - Support for gays serving openly in the military up from 52% in 1994 to 58% today.

    - A strong majority believe that liberals have gone too far in trying to keep religion out of schools and government, while half believe that conservatives have gone too far in trying to impose their religious value on the country.


    I love a little optimism!

    The scary thing is that only 58% of people support gays serving openly in the military. That kind of bigotry is one of those things I always assumed was the province of the very most conservative folks in this country. Not nearly half of the country!

    Maybe if we agree to teach creationism/intelligent design, they'll agree to teach kids how to put condoms on bananas.

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