Henry Rollins giving ID the finger
|May 24, 2006||Posted by William Dembski under Intelligent Design|
Here’s the transcript for the previous posting. It’s comforting to know that popular culture is in such capable hands.
A new Zogby international poll shows that 69% of Americans support public school teachers presenting the theory of evolution as well as theories that are in opposition. If only there were any that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have God somewhere in them.
The theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin in his groundbreaking work Ã¢â‚¬Å“Origin of SpeciesÃ¢â‚¬Â published in 1859 has been championed by scientists ever since. And like evolution itself, the science of it, the gathering evidence and data is a ceaseless pursuit of scientists all over the world. In the theory of evolution there is no talk of God, and no Bibles are used. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not looking for higher powers, extra-terrestrials or anything else that could be found in the science fiction section because they are not dealing with fiction.
As more is known and more is shown, Christian fundamentalists see their fingers being pulled off the steering wheel as their oppressive shackles are being more and more seen as fear-based nonsense. And so these awful people who favor abstinence only sex education as does the President of the United States seek yet again to put God into public school classrooms. First, it was the re-write of the Pledge of Allegiance, the addition of Ã¢â‚¬Å“under GodÃ¢â‚¬Â between Ã¢â‚¬Å“one nationÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“indivisibleÃ¢â‚¬Â which they insist sounds great. Actually, it sounds like a badly punched in edit that throws the rhythm of the piece way off and totally removes the power of the statement.
Well, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re back with the theory of intelligent design. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not much of a theory. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more of an over-fancified collection of sentiments basically saying that there are lifeforms and functions in them that are so complex only God Almighty couldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come up with them, and we can just stop wondering and just start praising him.
Now the foundation of intelligent design relies heavily upon an idea called irreducible complexity. The breathtaking stupidity of irreducible complexity is only outweighed by the complete lack of science involved. It is just intellectually lazy and cannot be tested or challenged. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get God to come down to the lab and prove a fucking thing.
You just have to believe, and science does not operate on faith. Faith is taught in churches. If you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t prove it in the scientific world, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got no game. These Christian fundamentalist psychotics are so power-mad they will stop at nothing. Willful ignorance, intimidation and suppression of information are their tools. Intelligent design, abstinence only sex-ed! The new Dark Ages are upon us! Hang on folks, this centuryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna be a rough ride!
[Yes, and it’s about to get rougher. Thanks to tragicmishap and Mats for the transcript. –WmAD]