Very much has been said about Dubya’s statements to the press the other day that Intelligent Design should be talk in school because “people ought to be exposed to different ideas.” Who knew that our president supported affirmative action? Intelligent design has zero scientific support and puts no effort into getting there. Instead it wages a propaganda campaign with politicians to skip the requirements of addition to scientific education: acceptance by the scientific community. Carl Zimmer offers and excellent question:
Mr. President, I would ask, how do you reconcile your statement that Intelligent Design should be taught alongside evolution with the fact that your administration, like both Republican and Democratic administrations before it, has supported research in evolution by our country’s leading scientists, while failing to support a single study that is explicitly based on Intelligent Design? The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and even the Department of Energy have all decided that evolution is a cornerstone to advances in our understanding of diseases, the environment, and even biotechnology. They have found no such value in Intelligent Design. Are they wrong? Can you tell us why?
There is nothing fair about treating unequal things equally.
But if Bush wants it done that way I suggest that he start with his own office. His Republican administration can give equal time to a Democrat administration? Americans can have Bush for president during the first part of the day and Kerry for the second part of the day. Americans should be exposed to both points of view of governing.
If that isn’t enough for him, he can extend it to professional sports. After all, he was part owner of the Texas Rangers for many years. As I wrote a year ago, merit matters in sports and science. But if Bush is will to toss merit away for science, then he should be willing to toss it away for sports. No longer do we field the best players, the hardworking, talented ones. Instead we field all players equally, regardless of their merit. Shouldn’t fans be exposed to all types of players? Fat, lazy, and drunk couch potatoes should pitch as many innings as Cy Young award winners. Maybe the American league will even give pitchers an equal change to bat as the sluggers. (Okay, that would be a good thing.)
Don’t forget the catch Bush’s science advisor trying to do damage control over his boss’s comments.