In Case You Had Any Doubt About Santorum’s Anti-Science Cred, Today He Attacked Evolution
In a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rick Santorum proves again that he is probably the dumbest, most determinedly ignorant right winger ever to run for President, with an attack on evolution and global warming that’s absolutely breathtaking in its mindless hostility toward science: The Elephant in the Room: Challenging Science Dogma.
DERPQuestioning the scientific consensus in pursuit of the truth is an important part of how science has advanced through the centuries. But what happens when the scientific consensus becomes an ideology that trumps the pursuit of truth? Answer: Those making legitimate inquiries are ostracized, the careers of dissenters are destroyed, and debate is stifled.
Unfortunately, I am referring not only to the current proponents of the theory of man-made global warming. In 2001, I offered a legislative amendment about teaching the subject of evolution. I caught more flak for this simple amendment than for almost anything else I championed in the Senate. What heresy did I propose? Here is the full text:
“Good science education should prepare students to distinguish the data or testable theories of science from philosophical or religious claims that are made in the name of science; and where biological evolution is taught, the curriculum should help students to understand why this subject generates so much continuing controversy, and should prepare the students to be informed participants in public discussions regarding the subject.”
It was so radical a concept that, less than an hour after it’s [sic] unveiling, liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy signed on to it. He said during the debate that my amendment’s language was “completely consistent with what represents the central values of this body. We want children to be able to speak and examine various scientific theories on the basis of all of the information that is available to them.”
My amendment passed 91-8. The next day, the High Priests of Darwinism went berserk. How dare the Senate suggest there is any controversy surrounding evolution? The amendment, they argued, was an attempt to bring God into the classroom.
Kennedy quickly recanted and vowed to have the amendment stricken from the reported language of the final bill. It wasn’t.
A recent Gallup poll found that only 14 percent of Americans agreed that “humans developed over millions of years” and “God had no part.” A Zogby poll this year found that 78 percent of Americans agreed that schoolteachers “should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it.” The same poll also found that 86 percent of self-identified liberals agreed that “teachers and students should have the academic freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution as a scientific theory.” But the scientific “community” claims there is no controversy, and that debate should be banned.
Santorum’s argument is that the most ignorant among us should determine what everyone’s children are taught. What could possibly go wrong?
It always strikes me as highly ironic when these wingnut numbskulls attack science by equating it with religion — because they’re implicitly admitting that religion is less valid than science. But then, logic is definitely not their strong suit.