8 November 2004

In fact . . .

According to today's news, Cobb County's school board has placed, on biology books, stickers that read, "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered." (Bold-face added). The school board is being sued by a group of parents who believe the disclaimers push the teaching of creationism and discriminate against non-Christians and followers of a number of other religions.

I don't know what everyone's so upset over. I think we should have these stickers on all our books. On astronomy books, we can place a sticker reading, "The idea that the earth goes around the sun is merely a theory, not a fact," (the Bible disagrees with this, after all). On journals describing the fundamental laws of physics, we can warn our youth that electricity is a theory, not a fact. (Isn't it God that said, "Let there be light"?) When students answer role call, they can qualify the statement, saying they are present only in theory, not in fact. (How do we know, for sure, if they're really there?) In fact, we should start a completely theoretical society, where we humor these Xtian fundamentalists in theory (but not in fact).

Other blogments on the Christists include: Arran's Alley, The Revealer, Democracy for California, Scrutiny Hooligans, Hot Acrombie Chick, The Blur Belt, and Cosa Nostradamus.

1 comment:

Dave said...

This was precisely my reaction when i heard about those stickers. But now I'm thinking, could we borrow some of the language - and maybe stick-figure icognography - from those warning stickers that cover nearly every non-book product you can buy? "WARNING: Unsupervised consumption of the contents of this book can lead to painful opening of minds and hemorrhaging of received ideas," e.g.