men making monkeys of themselves

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Speaking about the state GOP, a senior Tennessee Republican told me just last week that “we’ve about run the course with social issues.”

If this proposed Tennessee resolution goes anywhere, it will prove right my friend’s prediction–to the detriment of his party.

A Tennessee State Senate member has filed a resolution asking the Tennessee Department of Education to address a few basic questions about life, the universe and all that:

“Is the universe and all that is within it, including human beings, created through purposeful, intelligent design by a Supreme Being, that is a Creator?”

“Since the universe, including human beings, is created by a supreme being (a creator), why is creationism not taught in Tennessee public schools?

“Since it cannot be determined whether the universe, including human beings, is created by a supreme being (a creator), why is creationism not taught as an alternative concept, explanation, or theory, along with the theory of evolution in Tennessee public schools?”

State Sen. Raymond Finney (R-Maryville), a retired physician, is asking the Senate to endorse his questions to the Department of Education, and for the department to come back with a response by January 15, 2008.

This is the kind of silly stuff that legislators come up with to occupy their time when the public coffers are full due to a roaring economy. However, if Alan Greenspan’s prediction of a recession comes true, we’re going to wish that the Tennessee General Assembly had instead spent 2007 trying to develop a state budget that remains solvent without a tax increase even during an economic downturn.

Otherwise, Tennessee Republicans may prove true reverse evolution, which is the theory that man can devolve back into apes. Or at least they’re going to look like monkeys come next November when they try to tell us that this was why we had to have a Republican senate majority for the first time in 140 years.

UPDATE:

The Appalachian Scribe adds a valuable postscript to this story:

I am the against academic fraud that is running rampant in the schools. Conservatives can generally be counted on to expose and fight it, except when it comes to science. For some reason, many Conservative Christians feel the need to have their beliefs taught in science classes, either as outright Creationism or the more covert Intelligent Design. The problem is that neither of these beliefs are science. Teaching them as such represents academic fraud, and quite frankly seems to me to be a sign of weak faith, as if kids will become atheists if they even hear of Charles Darwin.

Public schools are doing a poor enough job at their main task: teaching. Why should we depend upon them to get right the unnecessary additional task of indoctrination–be it political or religious.

UPDATE:

Be sure to read Say Uncle’s interview of the sponsor of this resolution.

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