- Richard Dawkins – Creationism: God’s gift to the ignorant – The creationists’ fondness for “gaps” in the fossil record is a metaphor for their love of gaps in knowledge generally. Gaps, by default, are filled by God. You don’t know how the nerve impulse works? Good! You don’t understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent! Is photosynthesis a bafflingly complex process? Wonderful! Please don’t go to work on the problem, just give up, and appeal to God. Dear scientist, don’t work on your mysteries. Bring us your mysteries for we can use them. Don’t squander precious ignorance by researching it away. Ignorance is God’s gift to Kansas.
The rise of this Creationism/Intelligent Design theory really bothers me – not that it is out there, because I think it always has been, but the fact that it has actually impacted the circulum at some schools. Public schools are funded by public money and should teach issues which are based in the educational process which has been around since Socrates. Our country was founded on the principle of freeedom of religion and separation of church and state, yet many want to ignore theese freedoms if they apply to their own agendas. Teaching a religioiusly based theory (and I use the word theory lightly) in public schools puts children who are not of that belief system in a difficult place. Using public funds to do so is even more of a travesty. If you want to teach this to your kids, do it yourself, outside of school, and esspecially outside of a science class.