Wednesday, January 11, 2006

love of wisdom?

An LA Times article (requires registration if you want to read it) tells the latest battle against Intelligent Design in a California school.

A rural town is doing its best to bypass the Pennsylvania court decision by naming an ID course "Philosophy of Design". According to the course description, "the class will take a close look at evolution as a theory and will discuss the scientific, biological and biblical aspects that suggest why Darwin's philosophy is not rock solid. The class will discuss intelligent design as an alternative response to evolution. Physical and chemical evidence will be presented suggesting the earth is thousands of years old, not billions."

If it were truly a philosophy of science class, that might actually be pretty cool. Unfortunately it's not, as shown by the biased description and the last sentence that implies the bulk of the class will be explaining ID "theory".

The part that really gets me, though, is the qualifications (or lack thereof) of the teacher: Sharon Lemburg is a special education teacher with a bachelor of arts in physical education and social science, according to the lawsuit. "[She] has no training or certification in the teaching of science, religion or philosophy," and is "the wife of the minister for the local Assembly of God Church, a Christian fundamentalist church, and a proponent of a creationist world view."

So much for a philosophy class; this is blatant theology.


Blogger Old Man Rich said...

Way back when I was at college, whenever a group or society started up that the rugby club disapproved of (such as the young conservatives, the women group, the 2CV owners club, the basketball club, etc) the rugby club would join en mass. They would then either vote the club out of existance or vote their boys in to all the commitee places and turn it into a subsidised drinking club.
On a similar vein is it possible to ensure that Ms Lemburgs first class is exclusively filled with young satanists from difficult backgrounds?

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, please protect us from those who believe in you...

You might be encouraged to know that the ultra-nationalist (vis-a-vis Nazi) Christian movement is following the smashingly successful penetration of the institutions, which was identified as the main requirement for a Communist takeover by Antonio Gramski, an Italian communist, in the early 20th Century.

Yes, the truth is, there is no voice of "god" behind the ultra-nationalist (vis-a-vis Fascist) intellectual putsch, but rather a sad, violent attempt to take over the nations using political subversion.

Now...what would Jesus do?

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I mean you might be encouraged, because those of us who understand it is a hostile takeover are standing in defense of civil liberty, and ultranationalist (vis-a-vis frothing rabid idiot) Christianity will not be allowed to become the State religion.

Unless they fly more planes into our major buildings and blame their business partners in Saudi...

10:43 AM  
Blogger James said...

It's just unreal. Our worthless governor has just decided that the children of Texas should learn ID in science classes. All of his opponents (D's, R's and I's) have rejected this. The best was Kinky Friedman: "T'ain't Intelligent, and I'm a'gin it!"

Perhaps some brave science teacher will teach ID and explain that the space aliens seeded life on earth and everywhere else. If ID really isn't religious, then that ought to be perfectly acceptable.

11:03 AM  
Blogger mal said...

it seems the closed of mind are still with us.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

It never fails to amaze me how willing these supposed Christians are to lie in order to further their agenda.

verification word: gadpvakr

"Gadpvakr: A Christian willing to bare false witness in order to cram his or her personal theology into places it has no business being."

8:00 PM  
Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

I think the teacher's credentials and obvious religious position say it all.

I guess they couldn't find a qualified science teacher to participate in this ruse?

7:08 AM  

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