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"Science" When It Suits Them: Forget about creationism and start worrying about the left's...
Reason ^ | August 24, 2011 | David Harsanyi

Posted on 08/24/2011 10:44:39 AM PDT by neverdem

Forget about creationism and start worrying about the left's faith-based devotion to government.

So every now and then, liberals are treated to a big self-righteous laugh at the expense of some backwoods Christian conservative candidate who "ignores science" by doubting evolution or global warming—or, gasp, both.

Much, for instance, has been made of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent suggestion that evolution is a "theory that's out there" with "gaps in it." He even insinuated that evolution and creationism should both be taught in schools—because folks are "smart enough to figure out which one is right."

Sanctimony to red alert!

Now, I have no interest in watching my kids waste their time with creationism, but unlike progressives, I have no interest in dictating what other kids should learn. Remember that these folks, bothered by the very thought of their offspring's hearing a God-infused concept in school, have no problem forcing millions of parents to accept bureaucrat-written curricula at government-run school monopolies. They oppose home schooling. They oppose school choice. They oppose parents choosing a religious education with their tax dollars.

As a voter, like me, you may find Perry's view on creationism disconcerting and a sign of an unsophisticated candidate. But the fact is that the progressives' faith-based devotion to government is far more consequential than Perry's faith-based position on evolution.

Despite the rare political dispute, in the real world, science—real science—is rarely controversial. It's politicized science that is prickly. And science is easy to politicize. Maybe if schools began teaching students that "life" begins at conception and that each zygote, embryo, and fetus is a unique human being in some early stage of development just waiting to be born, liberals would see the point.

No, my kids haven't been chewing over Charles Darwin text or the Holy Bible in elementary school. There's simply no time. Not with global warming out there.

Perry, not surprisingly, was also recently asked about "global warming." He responded that "the issue has been politicized" and that pouring billions of dollars into "a scientific theory that has not been proven and ... is more and more being put into question" is not worthwhile.

It is interesting watching the nation's defenders of reason, empirical evidence, and science fail to display a hint of skepticism over the transparently political "science" of global warming. Rarely are scientists so certain in predicting the future. Yet this is a special case. It is also curious that these supposed champions of Darwin don't believe that human beings—or nature—have the ability to adapt to changing climate.

Like 99 percent of pundits and politicians, though, I have no business chiming in on the science of climate change—though my kids' teachers sure are experts. Needless to say, there is a spectacular array of viewpoints on this issue. The answers are far from settled. There are debates over how much humans contribute. There are debates over how much warming we're seeing. There are debates over many things.

But even if one believed the most terrifying projections of global warming alarmist "science," it certainly doesn't mean one has to support the anti-capitalist technocracy to fix it. And try as some may to conflate the two, global warming policy is not "science." The left sees civilization's salvation in a massive Luddite undertaking that inhibits technological growth by turning back the clock, undoing footprints, forcing technology that doesn't exist, banning products that do, and badgering consumers who have not adhered to the plan through all kinds of punishment. Yet there is no real science that has shown that any of it makes a whit of difference.

So no doubt, it is reasonable for voters to query presidential candidates about their views on faith, religion, God, Darwin, and science. It matters. Sometimes, though, it matters less than they'd like you to think it does.


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Thanks neverdem.
Forget about creationism and start worrying about the left's faith-based devotion to government.
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21 posted on 08/25/2011 4:29:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: metmom

I have never heard a Creationist who wanted to dismantle a technology or forbid the use of technology. GWists are all about dismantling technology and forbidding the use and development of technology.


22 posted on 08/26/2011 4:42:07 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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I have never heard a Creationist who wanted to dismantle a technology or forbid the use of technology. GWists are all about dismantling technology and forbidding the use and development of technology.

Me either, but it sure makes the evolutionists feel good about themselves to accuse us of it.

23 posted on 08/26/2011 5:21:07 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom

LOLOL!


24 posted on 08/26/2011 8:03:24 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem
What he is not looking at is it is the same system of leftest propaganda that is putting out all of this baloney that he doesn't like that brainwashed him into not believing in creationism. For those who are naive the leftist propaganda perspective can seem like the only valid one that there is. It isn't by accident but rather by constant lying and conniving that they have taken over our education system. You really have to ask yourself “Is it possible that there may ways that I too may have fallen under their spell and been brainwashed". For those who believe in “evolution” the answer is “yes”.
25 posted on 08/26/2011 8:33:28 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD Jesus Christ is the antidote, the one and only antidote.)
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To: metmom
Me either, but it sure makes the evolutionists feel good about themselves to accuse us of it.

That's because evolution is not science. It is a philosophy, and like many other wrongheaded philosophies, it is actually quite contrary to human good and progress.

26 posted on 08/27/2011 4:43:50 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("A gentleman considers what is just; a small man considers what is expedient.")
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