This is an unexpected follow-up to what we wrote a couple of weeks ago: Mike Fair: Confessions of a Creationist Idiot. We are delighted to see that South Carolina State Senator Mike Fair (R-Greenville) — the crazed creationist war horse — has written again about his dementia.
But he didn’t write the kind of confession we sometimes see from politicians, saying “I have a problem and I’m trying to cope with it.” No, Mike Fair once again describes his maniacal mindset with pride. And he does it in the context of the recent (unsuccessful) outbreak of creationist madness in his state in which he played a central role, supported by a certain creationist think tank in Seattle.
We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from SC should teach the controversy of evolution, which appears in The State, located in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. (The few comments at the end of the article aren’t very sympathetic, but that may change.)
He begins by describing — in the most innocuous terms — his most recent failed creationism crusade in which he attempted to infect the state’s Education Oversight Committee (the EOC), which, in his words: “works as a bridge from the Legislature and the business community to the State Department of Education and local school districts.” Then he describes his glorious motives. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Evolution will always be a controversial subject.
Aaaargh!! Yes, as long as there are reality-denying creationists running loose. He goes on:
Yet it is controversy that lays a fertile ground for learning if used and not discarded. The suggested language change did not aggravate the controversy but did encourage the learning environment to allow debate for the purpose of learning scientific fact. It did not suggest that biology teachers teach religion but would have allowed students to make inferences to the best explanations.
You’ve seen those talking points before. It’s the usual whine that schools should teach the “strengths and [alleged] weaknesses” of the theory of evolution. That is, schools should be encouraged to babble about all the discredited creationist talking points so that the kiddies can decide for themselves. Then he says:
I was involved in the conversation at the EOC on the evolution standard and initially proposed the change encouraging scientific debate. I am a Christian by the grace of God; therefore I have a Christian world view.
We already knew that the mess was Fair’s handiwork. His allegedly Christian worldview, as you know, means that he unthinkingly holds to a narrow, sectarian view that every word of Genesis is literally true and therefore science is the work of the Devil. Let’s read on:
The evolution controversy often comes down to understanding the difference between macro-evolution and micro-evolution. That is, did biological change occur gradually and cross lines differentiating phylum [sic] , or did different species emerge fully formed within categories of phylum [sic], as the Cambrian fossil record indicates?
The man is, on that point, a slavish disciple of the Discoveroids. He continues:
Gradual change, non-directed and randomly occurring, is Darwin’s theory. Taken as a whole, the fossil record does not show the intermediaries necessary for the philosophical leaps that are inherent in Darwin’s theory. Darwin and others said the missing links would be discovered over time. However, the missing links are still missing.
Is he merely a flaming ignoramus or a brain-dead fanatic? It doesn’t matter, really. The end result is the same. Here’s more:
Darwin observed natural selection and used that as the explanation for everything. This is what people are talking about when they refer to the survival of the fittest. Darwin says natural selection is primary to gradualism, and yet “selection” implies intelligence.
The man is so dense he can’t even grasp the concept of natural selection. Moving along:
Another way to state the controversy is randomness and chaos vs. intelligence and order. The debate is a scientific debate, and I believe the scientific evidence weighs heavily toward intelligence.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Mike’s evaluation of intelligence is like an earthworm’s opinion of beauty. And now we jump to the end:
Biological evolution certainly is controversial. Darwinism is not a settled fact, as some textbooks report. Gradualism, a.k.a. Darwinism, may be true. Intelligence as an explanation may be true. Without a complete debate, our students are the losers.
The students certainly will be losers if Mike Fair’s madness is imposed upon them in the public schools. Anyway, it’s good that he is so clueless that he’s willing to expose his thoughts — such as they are — to public scrutiny. Most creationist legislators slyly hide behind phrases like “academic freedom” and such. But Mike the maniac lets it all hang out. In that sense, he far more honest than most of them. But he’s also far more oblivious to how crazed he truly is.
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