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Intelligent Design

July 21, 2006

I know that it’s a bit late but I fear that the we have not heard the last of the teaching Intelligent Design in classrooms debate and the subject is really about one of the best satires I’ve ever encountered. The back story: I fear that I was not tuned into current events last November when the Kansas School Board was doing it’s best to push America to new heights of ignorance and stupidity. Though countless eminent scientists (including 34 Nobel laureates) wrote letters imploring them not to waste our students already limited attention spans with superstitious nonsense, the measure passed with a 6-4 vote. On a happy note, the entire school board was voted out on the same day. The Comedy Goldmine: In the mist of all this insistence that alternative ideas on creation, no matter how patently absurd and baseless, get equal floor time in the science classroom, he founded the church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster and insisted that their view of creation receive equal classroom time. Here is an excerpt from the letter that he sent to the school board.

“We will of course be able to train the teachers in this alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.”

Make sure you hit up the website to get the full scope of the comedy and the many amusing letters from academics supporting Pastafarianism and charts explaining that global warming is inversely proportional to the current pirate population. Hey, it makes as much sense as Intelligent Design. =oD

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