Required Viewing: Intelligent Design on Trial

My fellow members of the Order of the Science Scouts of Exceptional Repute and Above Average Physique:

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

This is worth watching. For those of you who still watch television in a more traditional fashion, you might still be able to catch it on a somewhat bigger screen on whatever local public broadcasting station carries NOVA. For those of you for whom video is too damned slow, there are transcripts that seem to cover all the bases.

For that matter, this is a good read, too. Keep reminding yourself that it was written by a Santorum nominee confirmed personally by GWB. Sometimes it’s tough to tell.

Yes, it’s been two years since the ruling. But it’s only been a week or so since the release of this documentary. For that matter, it’s been twenty years since the ruling that said creationism isn’t science and has no business being taught in science classes. Except—and this is an important except—as an example of what science isn’t. Because obviously some people still don’t get it. Like the Discovery Institute. And the Thomas More Law Center. And just over fifty percent of your fellow voters, at minimum.

In any case, two years is not a lot of time. Apparently TWENTY years is not a lot of time.

The show is very heartening to those of us who worry about what religious fundamentalists want to have taught as science. The show is very discouraging because it reveals that certain things we hope can’t happen in the USA can happen. And probably will happen, eventually. And did happen, two years ago. Briefly.

The fact that science is this vulnerable makes me wonder what happens when the next subject under fire for not presenting the “Christian Alternative Viewpoint” is world history. or US history.

Do you think there can’t be a time when our children’s classes have a political officer or a party official approving textbooks or sitting in to make sure what’s being taught is in alignment with the views of the party? Think again.


November 20, 2007 · by xalieri · Posted in reviews  


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