Here we are, more than 200 years after Darwin’s birth, and in four US states the religiously motivated battle against scientific reality continues unabated:
(WaPo) — One of the bills, New Hampshire’s House Bill 1148, not only singles out evolution, but would require teachers to discuss its proponents’ ”political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.” It is scheduled for a hearing in early February. The author of the bill, Republican state Rep. Jerry Bergevin, has linked the teaching of evolution to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and Hitler’s atrocities and associates it with atheism.
Yes, because the moment I saw the old Ascent of Man chart in my high school biology class, I felt an overwhelming compulsion to bring an assault rifle to school and start plugging away.
The article also reviews other bills in various states of play. One of the most insidious is a Virginia measure that would prevent state colleges from requiring classes which teach evolution to be mandatory in any degree plan. Which means you could have biology majors who never once took a class where evolution was part of the curricula.
Imagine if this caught on? I’d wager there’s way more people who hate math than evolution. If that group ever got a voice, there could be a whole generation of physicists and accountants who literally cannot do simple algebra.