Friday, April 04, 2014

Americans: Dumb and proud of it

It seems the Christian right has its panties in a knot because Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of the rebooted Cosmos series, won’t include creationism in his show. His SCIENCE show. Yes, I’m shaking my head too, but it’s true. In 21st century America, we have a substantial portion of the population that cannot distinguish between science and superstition.

Treating creationism seriously in Cosmos would be like including unicorns in a documentary about animals. As a clever writer in Salon pointed out, why not cover other more interesting creation myths like the ancient Greek or Egyptian versions? We all know the bible story backwards and forewords.

You know your country is in trouble when your House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is packed with climate change deniers, Luddites and creationists. The confounding thing is that Christian fundamentalists seem to relish their ignorance. Just watch five minutes of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club if you don’t believe me. We don’t need to be smart or even make sense. We’ve got Jesus.

We (American voters) have to take some of the blame for this as we continue sending imbeciles like Michele Bachmann, Darrell Issa and Steve King back to Washington. Maybe we should have a national intelligence requirement (IQ over 70?) for voting. Seems like we need to do something before we dumb ourselves down to the point of extinction.


jpeto006 said...

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day!

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