I was born in Lexington, but moved to Austin decades ago as a kid with the first wave of IBM immigrants traveling from blue grass to lone stars. Austin’s great, but Kentucky to Texas is not exactly a political improvement for a budding rational atheist. Because sadly, in many ways they’re the same, including creationism:
Arstech — After dictating that schools in the state include tests based on national standards, the state lawmakers were shocked to find that evolution made a prominent appearance on the science tests. …
“I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution,” the Lexington Herald-Leader quotes Senator David Givens as saying. Givens is apparently unaware that creationism is not a theory, and that the Supreme Court has ruled that teaching it is a violation of the establishment clause.
The same report quotes Representative Ben Waide, who demonstrated his lack of scientific knowledge by saying, “The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science—Darwin made it up.” Waide went on to say that “Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.”
The legislators apparently asked ACT whether it could create a Kentucky-specific version of the test; one that, presumably, would be a sort of formal recognition of the state’s distaste for mainstream science. They were told, however, that doing so would be prohibitively expensive.
These jokers should certainly know their made up theories alright. Iraq has WMD, abortion causes insanity, cutting taxes on billionaires will spur the economy, deregulating Wall Street will create gobs of jobs, and global warming is a hoax are just a few of the wacky debunked notions they proudly believe to this day.
But the prohibitive cost! Ahh, that’s the real litmus test, or more of a lie detector really. Maybe these self-professed steely eyed budget-cutting granny starvers are now busy as unevolved little bees scheming up ways to fund their theocracy with sweet taxpayer cash. Maybe. But odds are when it comes to spending money on education of any kind — even creationism in K-12 classrooms — the billionaire Kochwhore wing is calling the shots and they don’t want a penny of potential tax cuts wasted on any of that thar book lern’n, even if it’s the good book.