“Give thanks to God, Brighton, that when he made you a fool, he gave you a fool’s face.”
The red text comes from Lawrence of Arabia, in the scene where those memorable words were spoken by the sheikh of the Huwaytat Bedouin warriors, Auda abu Tayi (Anthony Quinn) to Colonel Harry Brighton (Anthony Quayle). We’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to figure out what made your Curmudgeon think of that line.
As we reported last night, in Tennessee Creationism Bill Not Signed, Not Vetoed, Tennessee has enacted an anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism piece of legislative insanity that was literally drafted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
This masterpiece of mindlessness is now law due to the cowardly inaction of Bill Haslam, a flaming idiot who is the Governor of Tennessee, a state with a long and tragic history of creationism. Tennessee is the home of Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee — site of the Scopes Trial. The college is named after William Jennings Bryan — the great blowhard.
As H. L. Mencken said in The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 14, 1925:
The Legislature of Tennessee, like the Legislature of every other American state, is made up of cheap job-seekers and ignoramuses. The Governor of the State is a politician ten times cheaper and trashier. It is vain to look for relief from such men. If the State is to be saved at all, it must be saved by the courts.
What will Tennessee gain from this monumental act of stupidity? What will its students learn as a result? They’ll be exposed to creationism in the public schools of their state, under the guise of teaching them “critical thinking.” If you don’t know what that is — see What Is “Critical Thinking”?
And what’s the point of such an education? Where are the results of creationism and intelligent design? Those modes of “thought” have produced no accomplishments in medicine, pharmacology, mining, agriculture, or any other productive field, nor will they ever do so. The track record of creation science is indistinguishable from that of astrology.
What benefit will the students gain from their creationist education? As we’ve pointed out before, there are No Honest Jobs for Creation Scientists. After showing that no industry is seeking creationist employees, we said:
It’s not hopeless — there are a few things [a creationist graduate] can do in addition to being a fast-food counter clerk. He can teach in a bible college. He can be a creationist preacher. He can run a creationist advocacy group (probably with the word “Family” in its name), and he can try to squeeze out a marginal living with a creationist website. Hey — he can be a politician and promote his “science” that way.
And that’s not all. If a creationist plans his career carefully and panders to his fellow idiots, then who knows — he might even become the Governor of Tennessee.
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