Kentucky’s been getting a bad rap lately from all this talk about our Democratic governor cheerleading and tax-breaking a giant boat with fire-breathing dragons and saddled dinosaurs on it.
This week, Republican legislators in Frankfort decided to put a stop to this.
Instead of America thinking that Democrats in Kentucky were pandering to ignorant enemies of science, education and rational thought, these brave men made it clear that no one does such pandering better than the Republican Party, thank you very much.
From Linda Blackford at The Herald Leader (using first-hand evidence, not the Bible), we learn that Republicans berated ACT officials for having the gall to ask students about “facts” and “falsifiable scientific theories,” instead of what The Good Book says:
In an exchange with officials from ACT, the company that prepares Kentucky’s new state testing program, those lawmakers discussed whether evolution was a fact and whether the Biblical theory of creationism should also be taught in Kentucky classrooms.
“I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution,” Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, said Tuesday in an interview.
“I think we are very committed to being able to take Kentucky students and put them on a report card beside students across the nation,” Givens said. “We’re simply saying to the ACT people we don’t want what is a theory to be taught as a fact in such a way it may damage students’ ability to do critical thinking.”
Oh. Yes. We must make sure that we’re teaching Bible stories in science class instead of falsifiable scientific theories, because doing the opposite will damage their brains.
Rep. Ben Waide will take it from here:
“The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science — Darwin made it up,” Waide said. “My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.”
Soak that answer in. A little more. Now wash it down with some bourbon.
By the way, I suppose that we should let both Givens and Waide in on a little secret: the definition of scientific theory.
A well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.
So basically, what Waide and Givens are arguing is that Kentucky must not teach kids explanations of phenomena based on testable evidence and facts, because facts aren’t really facts unless the Bible — the authority on the scientific method — says so.
But look at what one of those egg head “biologists” at the “University” of Kentucky says, right before the Earth opened up beneath him and sucked him into the bowels of hell:
Vincent Cassone, chairman of the University of Kentucky biology department, served on the committee that developed the standards.
“The theory of evolution is the fundamental backbone of all biological research,” he said. “There is more evidence for evolution than there is for the theory of gravity, than the idea that things are made up of atoms, or Einstein’s theory of relativity. It is the finest scientific theory ever devised.”
How frightening to know that such a stupid stupid stupid man is teaching our children his own perverted and immoral version of the scientific method, instead of giving lessons from Bible chapters.
But there’s good news. At least Sen. Givens’ wife is teaching Biology at Green County High School, so some of our students going to our so-called “universities” will be ready to confront the lies of professors like Cassone.
Take another bow, Kentucky.
Next order of business: Ken Ham for state Senate!