Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Subversive Science 

Printable disclaimer stickers for science textbooks from Swarthmore EvSci prof Colin Purrin (via Patrick) run the gamut from ominous to just plain hilarious:
This book promotes the theory of continental drift, the gradual movement of the major land masses. Because nobody observed this process, this material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.
This book was anonymously donated to your school library to discreetly promote religious alternatives to the theory of evolution. When you are finished with it, please refile the book in the fiction section.
Lest you think this is merely for fun, a recent gallup poll reports that forty-five percent of Americans also believe that God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago. Scared yet? Use the stickers.

posted by boyhowdy | 12:04 AM |

Oh this hit me on so many levels. I thought it was hilarious first of all. I'm so for seperation of church and state.

I barely graduated from a public school. I was a 3.80 student. I was planning on going to college. I was also not Christian. That whole agnostic/pagan (I had various phases) thing almost got me expelled and I was thusly labeled as a trouble student. I wore sterling silver fangs to school as a halloween thing. I wore a pentacle on a daily basis because the Christians all wore their crosses.

Anyhow, to make a long story short the counselor that started the expulsion talk said that "A Jewish kid would have the same problem in their school." Well then. Needless to say when I offered to get a lawyer for the expulsion hearing the superintendant stepped in and magically it was all fixed.

So this religion and public school thing really angers me because I have seen what happens when the "moral majority" raises hell.

Everything is a theory. Evolution, Creationism, everything. We talking apes know so very little about anything. I don't like to debate, have you noticed? Debates turn to arguments so easily. I like peace. You go your way, towards creationism, and I'll go mine, towards hell, apparently. Fine by me. Hell has better scenery.
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