Deeply distressing is the Australian government’s “Education” minister, Dr Brendan Nelson, has endorsed the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools.
“I think that parents and schools should have the opportunity – if they wish to – for students also to be exposed to this and to be taught about it”
I don’t think that telling impressionable young kids that space aliens or maybe God built all life on Earth because “there’s no reasonable alternative, it’s just so complicated, so someone or something quite clever must have done it” is a good place to go. Especially in that following Intelligent Design through to it’s logical conclusion, it means that only God could have done it, because someone had to build those clever space aliens, and it can’t have been space aliens because they’re so clever and all, and where could they have come from. Of course, ID happily ignores “so who built God?”.
The Intelligent Design community would have a better chance of arguing for Unintelligent Design. The number of stupidly designed creatures is impressive – just look at sausage dogs for a start. And the amount of junk DNA – 97% of the human genome. The aging process, quite clearly some nasty joke by our benovolent creator, along with cancer, another handy inclusion. Yep, whoever built us was a shoddy workman, that’s for sure. Intelligent design my arse.
But you know what? No (federal) politican has come out and said “Intelligent Design? You want to let them teach that bullshit? Are you as stupid as you look, or were you wanting to use it as the basis material for a subject on logical thought and reasoning?”
Australians have brought this on themselves. Stand by, now that Family First are in, we’re going to be hearing someone suggesting that Young Earth creationism ought to be taught as an alternative to the “theory” (it’s just a theory, so it’s as valid as any other, right?) of evolution. Mark my words. You see it happening the the USA, it’s gonna happen here, because we’re cultural lap dogs.
It just makes me want to cry. What kind of world will my children grow up in, if morons are driving the education system? If parents wish, they can bloody well teach that religious mumbo-jumbo to their children themselves! Now, if only for some effective child abuse legislation…