If you want to throw up a little in your mouth, watch this video. If you are not interested in throwing up, I can sum it up for you: 51 women talk about whether or not evolution should be taught in schools as if this is a legitimate question with real merit. All of them treat the idea of evolution being taught in schools like a radioactive subject and act as if they’re being very broad-minded and worldly by suggesting that impressionable little children should be exposed to such a scary and controversial scientific idea.
Oh. Mah. Gah.
No. Just, no. Evolution is part of the scientific lexicon and is not under any dispute. The Scopes Monkey Trial is over, Clarence Darrow prevailed and I’m willing to bet not one of these women has seen Inherit the Wind because they were all too busy coloring in pictures of Jesus with little lambs in their “My First Brainwashing Bible Activity Book” while getting their hair done.
Look, I have nothing against religion as long as it’s kept private and not shoved in my face. But this whole notion of any sort of Biblicly-based alternate theory of the origins of life on this planet? Is shoving religion in my face. Because the Bible is a religious document and has no place in the universe of public education except as it plays a role in the history of human events. It should not, should NEVER, be taught as doctrine in schools. Never. Never ever.
If you want to make the argument that we need to teach Creationism or Intelligent Design or any other Biblical presentation of the origins of life because “all points of view should be covered” then you need to also teach the Iroquois creation myth with the Sky People and the world on the back of the turtle. And also teach the Zoroastrian creation story complete with Ohrmazd creating Time. And let’s toss in a little of the Norse creation story with the world springing forth from a corpse in a void.
In fact, let’s teach ALL the creation stories ever. And we’ll call the course Comparative Religions and keep it totally separate from science. Ok? Ok.
And next time we’re writing questions for Miss Universe contestants, let’s ask them to speak about things they know like what brand of eye-shadow won’t melt under tv lights.