putting the evil in evolution

Can anyone out there identify these people? My friend Arun tells me that they’re “practicing satirists,” but that’s the extent of the information that he’s provided. And, when I try to search on “practicing satirists,” all I get is information on “practicing Satanists.” I suppose if I were on the other side of the ideological debate I might find that kind of appropriate, but it’s not helping me much.

Speaking of the anti-science jihad, have you seen the roster of “experts” they had testifying in Kansas on behalf of Creationism this week? Here, in case you missed it, is a clip from the Washington Post:

…Chapman heads the Discovery Institute, whose Seattle offices overlooking Puget Sound have become the headquarters of the intelligent design movement, which posits that modern Darwinian theory is limited and that life is too complex to be explained by evolutionary theory alone. An early witness was Jonathan Wells, a Discovery senior fellow who described himself as “an old Berkeley antiwar radical” who loves controversy.

Wells confirmed during cross-examination that he was a member of the Unification Church when he earned doctorates in theology from Yale and in biology from the University of California at Berkeley. In an Internet posting distributed outside the meeting by Kansas Citizens for Science, Wells refers to church leader Sun Myung Moon, saying, “Father’s words, my studies and my prayers convinced me that I should devote my life to destroying Darwinism.”

I personally think it makes perfect sense. We can have the Scientologists teaching math, and “Father” Moon’s disciples teaching science… And then, if we could just get a Pentecostal sect to teach English (in tongues!), we could have a virtually perfect public education system that didn’t cost the taxpayers of America one red cent of “their own money.” Faith-based education! Just think of it!

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  1. dorothy
    Posted May 8, 2005 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    your comments are hilarious, which is why i read your posts daily. the whole situation is scary though. if you really want to be scared, read this month’s Harpers magazine about mega- churches and the hatred of right wing religious talk radio. looks like i’ll be starting that commune sooner rather than later. am i still in the running? we’ve got a stream running thre our property and are right in the middle of Amish country—which means access to buggy-making equipment. horses also.

  2. arun
    Posted May 8, 2005 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    hi mark – i didn’t know it at the time, but the pic is from the onion.

  3. chris
    Posted May 8, 2005 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the no entropy sign. Next? Flat earth! terracentric planetary system.

  4. mark
    Posted May 8, 2005 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    If I just found out that may favorite book wasn’t non-fiction, when I’d been raised my whole life thinking that was, I’d probably be pissed. I might punch a few walls and cry about it for a while. It would suck, I guess, to find out, for instance, that the world isn’t 7,000 years old but 7 million. I sympathize. I really do. To be told that you

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