Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Intelligent Design Gets Stung

If Pat Robertson wants to wish disaster on every locale that votes against teaching "intelligent design" in science courses, he has a new target: Utah.

You read it right. The inexplicably nicknamed Beehive State, the most conservative and religious state in the Union, voted against a bill that would require teachers to warn against evolution.

Which reminds me. I want to introduce a bill in the North Carolina legislature warning students about the theory of gravity. It is "only a theory," after all. And some scientists disagree with it. Which would be true if I said I disagreed with it, and found someone else who would go along with it. Two is "some." Hey, have you ever seen gravity? Is F = G*Mm/r^2 mentioned in the Bible?

9 comments:

Ben said...

Well, I think that whole incident with the apple and Eden is referred to as The Fall....so I'll say "yes, whatever it is that you just said is in the Bible.

Jeff said...

Ah, but did humanity fall at 9.8 m/s^2? Did it?

Matthew B. Novak said...

Well wouldn't it? I mean, if you dropped humanity from a height, wouldn't it accelerate at 9.8 m/s^2?

Mike said...

Next thing you know, they'll repeal that law in Alabama (or some such Bible belt state) that says pi is required to be exactly 3.

Lindi said...

I guess I should comment since I am from the Beehive state (which actually symbolizes industry and frugality)and do represent the religious and conservative base of the state. I just want to make sure that there is no doubt as to what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe about the creation of the earth and man. "Mormons" believe God and his Son created the earth, all forms of plant and animals life and the humans that reside therein. There is no knowledge of how God did so, but God did create the earth. Latter-day Saints believe and are taught about the thoery of evolution and don't argue that species evolve, but as a matter of if their is a designer or specific plan for the earth, there is.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, basing its belief on divine revelation, ancient and modern, declares man to be the direct and lineal offspring of Deity. . . . Man is the child of God, formed in the divine image and endowed with divine attributes." - Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 2

Jeff said...

Industry and frugality... cool. Makes more sense than the "Tar Heel State."

Lin - you've touched upon something that a lot of anti-Darwinists don't get - that evolution, or any science for that matter, does not rule out the idea of divine creation or of an ineffable plan for the universe. I like to see science as a peek into God's tool box, as it were - no scientific theory could possibly deny (or prove) the existence of God.

Jeff said...

Also - air resistance, Matt. Humanity would probably fall slightly slower.

Mike - Indiana. Which also can't tell time.

Barzelay said...

You've seen this, right?

Jeff said...

Oh yeah. That's an absolute classic.