Yes Virginia, There IS a Flying Spaghetti Monster!

13 12 2007

Florida’s new science standards are much more enlightened than the old set, and must be approved to save the world from destruction by ignorance —

His Noodliness tells us so.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster honors Christmas wearing a Santa Claus hat. . .

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13 12 2007
NanceConfer

We can’t possibly think about science right now. Floridians are too busy collecting signatures to ban gay marriage.

Priorities people! After all, it is the season of brotherly love. But not that kind, apparently.

Nance

13 12 2007
Holly

From the article: “Intelligent design holds that living organisms are so complex that they must have been created by some kind of higher force.”

I love this argument – nothing as complex as a living organism could possibly exist on its own – without a “higher force” having created it. But the “higher force” (presumably even more complex than the living organism) is allowed to have just always existed. Like magic. I wish I could get away with logic like that, but my seven-year-old would call me on it every time.

13 12 2007
JJ

Really! I think “algebra” is a sort of high falutin’ and widely inaccessible substitute for what politicians should be demanding all kids master instead, as a sort of gatekeeper (or gateway drug?) to higher education — L-O-G-I-C.

20 12 2007
Hallelujah! Yecke Out as Florida’s K-12 Chancellor « Cocking A Snook!

[…] From my secular and professional pov, Florida in all our cosmopolitan diversity and major investments in education, never should have hired her if there was even a whiff of concern, especially with our science standards on the line. […]

21 12 2007
JJ

From a comment I made at Daryl’s about whether Christian politics can separate fact from fiction in education or well, anything else.

Choose the correct answer or we all get left behind. (We may get left behind anyway.)

a) Christians founded this nation and remain the dominant defining majority, ergo Christian culture, beliefs, and practices rightly define America, case closed!

b) Christians today are an endangered species, persecuted and plotted against by the government and public as they struggle to maintain their own private, modest faith against overwhelming diversity, barely hanging on by a thread to their traditions and culture, deserving all the protections due the “fragile minority” they’ve tragically become.

c) Both — Ron Paul manages to make both contradictory claims at the same time in a few short graphs.

“Although an overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas, and those who don’t celebrate it overwhelmingly accept and respect our nation’s Christmas traditions. . .the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage. Christmas itself may soon be a casualty of that war.”

d) Neither (a) nor ((b) is in fact true, although it IS true that both are simultaneously claimed in current political currents, as in (c) above.

28 12 2007
JJ

Chalk this one up as a win!
“Evolution Beats Intelligent Design in Florida”

So chalk one up for science, and remember: just because you believe in God doesn’t mean you can’t believe in evolution.

As the Tampa Tribune put it, “Public floggings hurt, even when administered by satirical sacred noodles.
Ask the Polk County School Board. . .”

p.s. Gotta love the part in the newspaper story where these ID-iots blame the newspaper!

Some of the five school board members blame the local newspaper for trying to start a fight.

“It’s not our agenda,” said Tim Harris, one of the board members. “My personal opinion and how I vote don’t always jibe.”

Anybody dumb enough to complain to the press, about the press, IN the press, FOR PUBLICATION, is too dumb to be representing the public’s interest in good government of any kind, much less in science education. I guess the good news in this quote would be that the guy doesn’t always vote his own opinion. Maybe he just makes it up as he goes along. . .

9 01 2008
JJ

Sigh – via Daryl, Taylor County is next (and it’s close to the Capitol, folks, hope that’s just geography!)

10 01 2008
JJ

OMG! DId you hear the “news”??

Unconfirmed sources report that the city of Dover Pennsylvania has been destroyed. FEMA officials are on the scene and indicate that the devastation of the once proud city is utterly complete. The devastation was caused by a massive storm of fire and brimstone . . .

The Keep America Safe From God’s Wrath Amendment is expected to be approved nationwide by late this evening.

11 01 2008
NanceConfer

Near the Capitol? Where do you think this garbage started? 🙂

Nance

11 01 2008
NanceConfer

Or is it the Governor’s Mansion I am thinking of?

Or the frigging White House!

Nance

11 01 2008
JJ

So easy to confuse our state and national capitol buildings, I fear — we learned that lesson the hard way, during the Terri Schiavo siege.

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