RAW DOGMA                                                                       written by Nkrumah Steward
Religious right fights evolution for the soul of America

Clarence Darrow (right), famous attorney representing high-school teacher, John T. Scopes (center), the defendant in what is popularly called the Scopes Trial (or Monkey Trial), concerning the teaching of Darwinism vs. Creationism, with Dudley Field Malone (left), during the trial held the summer of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. It’s very difficult for me not to view a lot of the issues that are being debated in this country right now as being nothing more than just the aware against the ignorant.
Every time I hear someone say that there is evidence out there that the world was created by an intelligent designer, whether it is Jesus, Pan Gu, Unkulunkulu or Odin, I know we are all taking one step closer towards a second dark age.
People, intelligent design theory is just creationism stripped of all of the God rhetoric.
That is it.
In 1987 the Supreme Court ruled that you can’t insert mythology in science classes in public teaching.
Yeah that’s right. I said mythology.
That is what creationism is, a myth.
Once again at the risk of sounding condescending here is the definition of a myth.

Myth: A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the world view of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.

So in 1989, two years after the Supreme Court said you can’t teach mythology in science classes in public schools, the religious right regroups, removes all of the God references from creationism and acts like they have their own science, intelligent design.
Yet because of my own limitations I fail to see anything intelligent about it or in the people that purport to believe in it.
How can creationism not have any scientific merit yet shmucks can remove all the references to God in it to skirt pass the Supreme Court, and suddenly creationism now called “intelligent design” theory deserves all of the academic respect as hard science.
And before you even start, don’t try to twist this into me saying that science has all of the answers to everything because it doesn’t. This is not about who has all of the answers. This is about what is science and what isn’t science.
The Biblical story of creation is no more and no less valid than any other religious mythological explanation of how we all got here. If God can create man out of dirt and that should be taught in class then so should this...

In the beginning there was the void. And the void was called Ginnungagap. Along with the void existed Niflheim the land of fog and ice in the north and Muspelheim the land of fire in the south. There seems to be a bit of confusion as to whether or not these existed after Ginnungagap or along side of it from the beginning.
In Niflheim was a spring called Hvergelmir from which the Elivagar (eleven rivers - Svol, Gunnthra, Fiorm, Fimbulthul, Slidr, Hrid, Sylg, Ylg, Vid, Leiptr, and Gioll) flowed. The Elivargar froze layer upon layer until it filled in the northerly portion of the gap. Concurrently the southern portion was being filled by sparks and molten material from Muspelheim.
The mix of fire and ice caused part of the Elivagar to melt forming the figures Ymir the primeval giant and the cow Audhumla. The cow's milk was Ymir's food. While Ymir slept his under arm sweat begat two frost giants, one male one female, while his two legs begat another male.
While Ymir was busy procreating Audhumla was busy eating. Her nourishment came from licking the salty ice. Her incessant licking formed the god Buri. He had a son named Bor who was the father of Odin, Vili, and Ve.
For some reason the sons of Bor decided to kill poor Ymir. His blood caused a flood which killed all of the frost giants except for two, Bergelmir and his wife, who escaped the deluge in their boat.
Odin, Vili, and Ve put Ymir's corpse into the middle of ginnungagap and created the earth and sky from it. They also created the stars, sun, and moon from sparks coming out of Muspelheim.
Finally, the brothers happened upon two logs lying on the beach and created the first two humans Ask [Ash] and Embla [vine?] from them.
Norse Creation Mythology

The Norse creation myth has all the same unverifiable crap in it the Christian myth of creation does, and for those of you that just need to believe that there is some grand purpose to all of this, it has enough supernatural beings in it to make you feel comfortable.
I challenge anyone, anyone reading this to provide one single stand of evidence that an otherworldly being created anything.
Case in point, the Kansas State School board held an open meeting and they heard testimony from biology teachers, mathematicians, a veterinarian, and even a high school student who was making a plea upon deaf ears to not make Kansas the poster child for the proudly anti-intellectual movement that the conservative right has seemed to have embraced over the past four years.
Just as they finished some guy named John James stood up in front of the board and claimed that teaching evolution in science class led to nihilism and “you know what is next,” he said “the gates of Auschwitz”.
I like that. You are a potential Nazi now if you don’t call God making man out of a pile of sand and blowing air up his nose science.
Oh yeah, and you've got to love how not believing in the Christian myth leads to nihilism.
Another sound logical jump. The religious right never disappoints.
But the icing on the cake came when some old geezer in a blue blazer reportedly stood up after him and said to the board, apparently fed up with all of this liberal, intellectual talk about science and going to school to learn stuff…
"I have a question: if man comes from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Why do you waste time teaching something in science class that is not scientific?"
Evidently, that got the loudest and longest applause of the night.
My guess is because the audience didn't know what nihilism and Auschwitz are.
But what this guy said is a perfect example of what I am talking about. To even say something like, “If man came from monkeys why are there still monkeys?” is just ignorant.
I don’t know what is more disturbing, the fact that so many people are as ignorant as this guy or the fact that he is so sure of the shortcomings in the theory of evolution yet so obviously ignorant to the concept he and apparently the pro-creationists audience thought he was exposing evolutions Achilles heel with that "why are there still monkeys" statement.
The theory of evolution, in regards to human beings suggests that human beings evolved from a species of primate.
That much the dolt got right.
However, just because humans might have evolved from a particular species primate doesn’t mean that Silver-back Gorillas and or Spider monkeys would vanish off the face of the earth does it?
Think about it. Is that too much to ask, that you think about it?
Evidently so.
Human beings belong to what is called the mammalian group known as Primates. This scientific category contains over 230 species of lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys and apes.
230 different species of primates.
Evolution suggests that humans evolved from just one.
The other 229 different species didn’t all just disappear because one species of those developed a more developed frontal lobe.
All this talk about the workings of our planet being too complex not to have an intelligent designer is logically flawed. Just because something is complex and works so agreeably with one another means nothing more than that.
See if you can follow me on this.
If you took 15 families and put them on a spaceship and sent them on a long journey to a far away star, and let’s say in the time it took them to get there and back to the earth 1000 generations would have been born, matured and died within that ship. Even if the artificial atmosphere and biosphere installed on that vessel mimicked the earth’s perfectly at the time of take off, over the subsequent generations during travel, the organisms on that vessel would’ve evolved, albeit subtly, and over time enough changes would have occurred within these organisms that they could have evolved to the controlled conditions within vessel so much to the point that they wouldn’t be able to live comfortably outside of that vessel.
So that is when you bring in the religious right, and from the outside looking in, since they don’t seem to understand the concept of evolution, they would look at the people, plants and animals on this vessel and how they are inextricably connected with the ship itself and conclude that it must have been intelligent designers hands involved in all of this.
Why? Because the slightest variation in the ventilation system or the cooling or heating units on the ship and everything will die. This ship and everything on it is at a perfect balance. It must’ve been a grand designer behind all of this, right?
No, the organisms evolved to fit the environment. Of course the relationships the organisms have with one another are indissoluble. Of course the slightest change in anything would be catastrophic to the ecosystem as it is today. Big deal? That is to be expected. LIfe evolves to its environment, not the other way around.
Your body naturally develops tolerance to medications. Most of you understand that concept when I liken it to alcohol which your body also develops a tolerance for. You know that viruses over time evolve to develop resistance to such things as penicillin.
Yet despite all of this evolution is right in front of your face, all of these subtle changes in the life around you and yet the ignorance of people continues to prevail in an increasingly vocal portion of the population, the anti-intellectual.
What will they think of…scratch that. They don’t think. What will they be afraid of next?

same difference

The Myth of Creation vs. The Theory of Evolution
What bothers me is their insistence that the world shows overwhelming evidence that it had a grand designer.

Ohio OK's Creationism in Science Class
Shouldn't they be teaching "intelligent design" theory in history instead? Wouldn't it fit better right along with the section "when we used to think the world was flat", and "when we used to think the sun revolved around the earth"?

Source: Guardian 02/07/05, http://www.meta-religion.com

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