Friday, August 12, 2005

Giving Cremationism a Fair Hearing

There is no good reason to take the rebranding of creationism as "intelligent design" seriously.



    I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

    Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him....

The fast growing Flying Spaghetti Monster cult, whose followers are known as Pastafarians now has a very entertaining wikipedia entry

and in all fairness from the Swift Report

Bush: Students Should Learn About Creationism, Inteligent Design

    Don't accuse President Bush of being one-sided when it comes to the question of who created the earth. In recent remarks, Mr. Bush has encouraged school districts to incorporate both sides of the debate regarding the development of humanity: creationism, the belief that God created the earth in six days, and Inteligent Design, the idea that an unseen force has been guiding our development...

    ...The Odessa school system is also considering replacing its current high school math curriculum with a new approach that emphasizes God's role in the study of quantity, structure, change and space. One likely course offering: Deometry, in which students of the field once known as geometry (from geo meaning earth and metro meaning measure) accept as their starting point that God created the earth, before embarking on their study of lines, points and circles.

Update 8/17: Another classic from The Onion:

The Theory of Intelligent Falling
    Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

    "Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, 'God' if you will, is pushing them down," said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.

    Burdett added: "Gravity—which is taught to our children as a law—is founded on great gaps in understanding. The laws predict the mutual force between all bodies of mass, but they cannot explain that force. Isaac Newton himself said, 'I suspect that my theories may all depend upon a force for which philosophers have searched all of nature in vain.' Of course, he is alluding to a higher power."

and earlier from the Swift Report:

February 08, 2005

Student Suspended Over Evolution Slur

    A seventh grade student at a south central Kansas junior high school has been suspended after implying that a classmate was descended from monkeys. School officials say that the student's two-week suspension was merited by the seriousness of the offense.

    Classmates say student is member of an outlaw group called the "Biology Club"

Another update 8/23: The cult of the Flying Spaghetti Monster continues to grow:


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