February 14, 2007
Evolution a Kabbalist Plot?
The Dallas Morning News reported today that the second ranking member of the Texas legislature, Warren Chisum, circulated a memorandum from Georgia State Rep. Ben Bridges calling for the end of teaching evolution in the schools. Bridges apparently believes that evolution is a Kabbalist plot. Really. According to the newspaper,
"Indisputable evidence – long hidden but now available to everyone – demonstrates conclusively that so-called'secular evolution science' is the Big Bang, 15-billion-year, alternate 'creation scenario' of the Pharisee Religion," writes Mr. Bridges, a Republican from Cleveland, Ga. He has argued against teaching of evolutionin Georgia schools for several years.
Mr. Bridges also supplies a link to a document that describes scientists Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein as "Kabbalists" and laments "Hollywood's unrelenting role in flooding the movie theaters with explicit or implicit endorsement of evolutionism."
See full story here. How did this guy get elected? Scary stuff.
The New York Times reports today that Kansas has removed its anti-evolution guidelines:
The State Board of Education repealed science guidelines questioning evolution, putting into effect new ones that reflect mainstream scientific views. The move was a political defeat for advocates of “intelligent design” who had helped write the standards being repealed. The intelligent design concept holds that life is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power. The board removed language suggesting that basic evolutionary concepts were controversial and being challenged by new research. It also approved a new definition of science, limiting it to the search for natural explanations of what is observed in the universe. The state has had five sets of science standards in eight years, each affected by the seesawing fortunes of socially conservative Republicans and a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans.
Perhaps there is hope for us yet.